Uber Accident & Injury Lawyer
WHAT IS UBER?
Uber is a ride sharing, food delivery and transportation company based in San Francisco, California. They rose to popularity thanks to their easy-to-use mobile application (app), a piece of technology that easily allows individuals to order a vehicle for transportation anywhere and anytime they would like. Many people appreciate the convenience of the app and service because they can order a vehicle to pick them at any time of the day to go to the airport, sporting event, or anywhere else they may desire. To accomplish this, users simply enter a destination and the app sets up their pickup location and a vehicle is ordered. People love the fact that they can see how far away the driver is as well as approximately how long it will take for the vehicle to arrive. People who wish to avoid drinking and driving commonly state that they will “Uber” to their location in order to avoid doing so. Uber offers various levels of service to meet your needs, and they currently operate in around 633 cities worldwide. For more detailed information, you can visit Uber’s website at https://www.uber.com/.
Because opting for an Uber ride presents risks as well as benefits, it’s important to educate yourself about what could go wrong with your ride. In particular, understanding the risk for car accidents and what liability the driver and company hold is vital information to have in mind should you ever find yourself in a crash. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Uber and what to do if your driver ends up in an accident while you are in the vehicle.
ARE UBER ACCIDENTS COMMON?
It is important to note that while Uber does its best to promote safety, accidents are not exactly uncommon, and are certainly not unheard of. In fact, as the number of individuals using Uber and other rideshare options increases, so, too, does the number of accidents involving Uber drivers. While this figure might not be high enough to warrant swearing off the ridesharing company forever, it should be noted, nonetheless, that there is a risk every time you enter a vehicle. As we are a bit more concerned with what happens after the car accident occurs rather than exactly how many occur in any given week, we’ll move on from this discussion to one about the risks of Uber drivers and what causes them to end up in vehicle accidents.
HOW CAN AN UBER ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
The factors that impact Uber drivers and lead to accidents are much the same as those faced by other drivers on the road. Inattention, for example, is a big cause of vehicle accidents. The flow of traffic can change in an instant and it is necessary to drive attentively and respond to any dangers quickly and smoothly. When this fails to happen, car accidents are invariably the result. One common cause of inattention while driving is texting or talking while driving. While it is relatively uncommon to encounter an Uber driver who is texting while driving clients to or from their destination, it is certainly not unheard of. Additionally, even maintaining small talk can take attention from the road. Another factor in Uber accidents is the desire on the driver’s part to complete as many runs as possible. The more individuals drivers are able to help, the more money they make. This can lead to drivers rushing from place to place in an attempt to continue moving passengers at as fast a speed as possible. As you might imagine, this can increase the risk for accidents quite significantly.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF RIDING IN AN UBER?
While making the decision to ride or drive in any vehicle carries its share of risks, there are some risks with Uber that are especially serious. For one thing, while Uber does have a screening process in place to help ensure that their drivers have good driving records, the check doesn’t always reach as far back as would be necessary to guarantee that the drivers in question have truly “clean” records. This can result in irresponsible drivers being granted the ability to drive individuals to and from various locations every day. If you were in an accident with an Uber driver, it is always a good idea to reach out to a professional who understands how to look into their backgrounds to determine whether or not Uber was negligent in their screening responsibilities.
DO UBER DRIVER’S HAVE INSURANCE?
Uber is notorious for failing to provide their drivers with enough information regarding their insurance situation. While Uber drivers do have insurance, it only applies in very specific circumstances. To be a bit more exact, there are three periods of time during which Uber will recognize and take into consideration when determining which level of their insurance applies. When a driver is waiting for a request, they are not entirely insured by Uber. When they have picked up a customer or are on their way to picking up a customer are the next two periods during which Uber’s insurance should, ideally, full cover any accidents that occur.
The answer to the question, then, is “yes, but it’s complicated”. Additionally, your driver’s own insurance might not cover the gaps in the insurance that Uber provides.
ARE UBER RIDES SAFE?
Many individuals use Uber often without ending up in an accident. It is important to keep in mind that safety and risk are relative when looking at car accidents. Is driving your own vehicle in busy traffic “safe”? Additionally, keep in mind that the answer to this question also depends upon what area of the process you are looking at. If you are wondering whether or not Uber is “safe” in that they would cover damages from a car accident, then I would refer you to the previous section. They might, or they might not.
WHERE YOU HURT OR INJURED DUE TO AN UBER ACCIDENT?
Have you found yourself injured as a result of an Uber accident? If so, don’t give up the fight for compensation! You have rights that should be upheld, and it is important that you do not waive these. If you were injured, you very well might be entitled to certain kinds of compensation. That means that you should reach out to an experienced attorney who understands Uber driving law and has experience in arguing these kinds of cases in court. They can better help you understand your potential case as well as determine the best way to move forward with your claim.
CONTACT OUR FIRM FOR A FREE CASE EVALUATION
If you have been injured by an Uber driver, time is of the essence. Make sure that you reach out to our experienced attorneys for help as quickly as possible. We can work with you to document your injuries and communicate with the various insurance companies involved. We’ll also do our best to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled based upon your injuries and the specific circumstances of your case. If you need help and have been hurt or injured by an Uber driver, we can help.