Uber Accident Attorney
Get Compensated for your Injury with The Help of Top-Rated Uber Accident Attorneys
Driving services like Uber have become one of the most convenient ways for people to get from one place to another, all through the use of an easy-to-use phone application.
Despite their prevalence in our society, ridesharing services are not perfect and come along with many risks. One of the risks that comes with taking an Uber —is getting into an accident.
Knowing your rights when involved in an Uber accident can empower you to seek strong legal representation for any accident-related injuries. Finding a skilled Uber injury lawyer is the first step in beginning the process of securing fair compensation for your injuries.
Through a free case consultation with The G Law Group, our skilled Uber injury attorneys can help you determine Uber’s liability and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you are in an Uber accident and suffer an injury, or experience assault at the hands of a ride-share driver or passenger schedule a free case evaluation.
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Uber, founded in 2009 as “UberCab”, is the leading ridesharing service across the world. As of 2022 Uber is available in over 80 countries, with that list growing by the day. Uber has rapidly expanded from its initial goal of serving as a cheaper and more convenient alternative to hailing a taxicab. In addition to being an alternative for taxicabs, Uber also provides food delivery, grocery delivery, alcohol delivery, and special promotional offerings to its users.
In order to use one of the many services provided by Uber, users must go to the app. store contained on their smartphone and download the Uber app. After user downloads the Uber app, they must enter their personal information (i.e. name, phone number, payment information), and request a ride.
Since its initial rollout, Uber has developed several services for specialized use. The most popular Uber service is UberX, which offers private rides capable of holding about one to four people per ride request.
Additional Uber options, which utilize varying vehicle sizes, styles, and service various needs, are as follows:
Uber Vs. Taxis: What’s The Difference?
Ridesharing services, like Uber, were created with the goal of offering a lower-cost, more convenient and efficient alternative to traditional taxi services. While both taxis and Ubers can provide transportation, one of the main differences between the two is how they are accessible.
Ubers are typically requested through an application in your smart phone, unlike a traditional taxi, which is either called on the telephone or hailed in person.
Another important distinction between Ubers and taxis are the drivers. For instance, unlike taxi drivers, drivers for Uber are not professionals. They usually do not hold any commercial driving license, nor have they had any formal driving training. Unlike taxi drivers, rideshare drivers are treated as independent contractors.
This means they are not considered official employees of the ridesharing company. This also means Uber is not required to provide any formal training to their drivers.
Unlike a taxi cab, the car that picks you up when you order an Uber ride is not considered a commercial vehicle. Likewise, your Uber driver is typically not a professional driver.
These differences have important implications if you have been injured in a ridesharing accident or if you have been assaulted by an Uber driver. If you have any questions regarding the difference between Uber and taxicabs do not hesitate to call our Uber injury attorneys at 305-486-7468.
Are Uber Drivers Certified Or Trained?
Uber drivers are typically provided some type of informal training before being permitted to pick up passengers. However, there is no certification requirement to become an Uber driver, and drivers are not required to carry any type of professional driver’s license. Although all drivers are required to submit to a background check prior to driving for Uber, oftentimes these backgrounds checks are limited in the types of offenses that would disqualify a candidate.
According to current and former drivers, the amount of training Uber provide is very limited. As a result, rideshare drivers are often left ill-equipped to protect the safety of passengers. They often are not even given adequate training to keep themselves safe on the road.
In response to public outcry, Uber has recently given drivers training that focuses on preventing human trafficking and sexual violence. Yet there has been nothing done by Uber to address unsafe and dangerous drivers.
What Should I Do After An Uber Accident?
Whether you are a driver or passenger, getting into an accident with a ridesharing vehicle can be a confusing experience. Here are some of the most important things to remember if you are involved in a rideshare accident:
1. Seek immediate medical attention
The number one priority in the event of an accident, is the safety of everyone involved. Immediately check the health of anyone vehicle occupants. In the event of injury, it is important to call for immediate medical assistance as soon as possible. Prolonging seeking medical care may lead to more serious consequences down the road.
Paramedics and EMS can render vital aid immediately at the scene, while also ensuring that you are promptly transported to the hospital. Emergency room physicians will properly diagnosis any resulting injuries and provide the necessary medical attention. Failure to swiftly address injuries resulting from a rideshare accident can not only lead to significant medical problems, but can also delay resolution of your claim.
2. Take down any details of the incident and contact police
Once you have sought medical care for anyone involved, you’ll want to gather as much information and details concerning the accident as you can. This may include taking photos, videos, or jotting down notes. Feel free to use your phone to help you memorialize any details regarding the accident
Details you may wish to record include:
Photos/videos of any cuts/bruises/scraps/swelling
Any other injuries you may have
Any injuries of other vehicle occupants
Photos/videos of any damage to the vehicles involved
Photos/videos of the accident scene
Screenshot of the trip on your Uber/Lyft app
Photo of the driver’s license plate
Photos/videos of any damages to other drivers, pedestrians, or property
Telephone and other contact information for drivers/witnesses/anyone else on the scene
Insurance information of other drivers or pedestrians involved
Contact the police in order to report the accident, whether you are a driver, passenger, or struck by a rideshare driver. Police officers responding to the scene will prepare a police report, which is crucial when making an Uber claim.
3. Contact a rideshare accident lawyer to discuss the details of your case
The next step is to call a uber accident lawyer who can help you understand your rights in the event of accident-related personal injury.
At The G Law Group our top rated uber accident lawyers have the experience necessary to help you obtain every penny you deserve in just compensation. We offer a free initial case evaluation with our uber accident lawyers, so that we may answer any questions you have before decided to proceed with making a claim.
4. File a uber accident claim, if you choose
If your case is eligible, then our top rated uber accident attorneys will discuss the all the pros and cons associated with making an accident claim with Uber. However, the final decision on whether to pursue a claim if up to you. As with all of our other cases, the final decision on whether to make a claim or file a lawsuit will rest with you, the client.
Some reasons why you might decide to file a rideshare accident claim:
to secure compensation for property damages not covered by insurance
to secure compensation for uncovered medical bills or other expenses
to secure compensation for lost wages
to secure compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident
Our Uber accident attorneys would be happy to explain this process in greater detail once you contact our office, should you have any additional questions.
To find out how much in compensation you are entitled to as a result of your rideshare accident schedule a free case evaluation.
Insurance Requirements For Rideshare Services
Every driver on the road is required to have personal auto insurance, but rideshare drivers must also opt into the insurance provided by Uber. This rideshare insurance can coverage for accident-related injuries, property damage, and vehicle damage. Depending on whether a driver is logged on to the app. or in the process of picking up a passenger, different insurance coverage will apply.
While rideshare companies tend to be treated differently under the law than other transportation services, recent local legislation has vastly changed the landscape nationwide. That is why it is always important to consult a top rated Uber or Lyft accident attorney for a free case evaluation. For a general overview rideshare insurance requirements throughout the country click the link below. Some state specific rideshare statutes can also be found below.
Questions To Ask An Uber Accident Attorney
There are several specific questions you should ask any rideshare attorney in order to better understand your rights to compensation and your best course of action. For a more detailed list of questions you should ask any attorney evaluating your case, please check our FAQS.
What are my rights following an Uber accident?
If you are passenger and your Uber driver gets into an accident during your trip, then certain coverages apply. This means you may be entitled to up to $1,000,000 dollars for injuries you sustained as a result of an Uber driver’s negligence.
If you are another driver and you are struck by an Uber driver during a trip or while en route to a trip, then certain coverages apply. This also means you may be entitled to up to $1,000,000 dollars for injuries you sustained, if the Uber driver is deemed at fault.
If you are an Uber driver, any accident that occurs when you are logged into their app or while you are en route to a trip or during a trip, then different coverages apply. This means that rideshare drivers are often left relying on the other drivers’ insurance or any Uninsured/Underinsured motorist bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance provided by Uber. As the amounts of coverage tend to vary widely state-by-state, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our top rated Uber accident attorneys. We will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.
How long do I have to file a rideshare accident claim?
An accident attorney is one of the first people you should ideally contact in the event of an Uber accident, in addition to Uber, the police, and 9-1-1 for medical assistance. In most legal cases, the sooner you contact an attorney to begin the claim filing process, the better. As with all legal claims, there is often a legal time limit for filing your claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. The Statute of Limitations applicable to your case will vary based on where your Uber of Lyft accident occurred. For example, if your accident occurred in Florida you have 4 years from the date of accident to file a lawsuit. If your accident occurred in Georgia you only have 2 years from the date of accident to file a lawsuit. If you have any questions regarding whether you can still file a claim for you rideshare accident, schedule a consultation with one of our top rated rideshare accident lawyers.
What are your fees?
One of the biggest concerns people have when seeking an attorney to represent them, is the cost. With injury cases, many lawyers receive a percentage of whatever amount they can recover for the client as part of their compensation. Clients may also be responsible for additional case-related costs, such a filing fees, court reporter fees, and expert costs. For rideshare accident cases we do not charge any fees or costs to the client, unless we are able obtain compensation for their injuries.
Attorney’s fees and costs can vary on a case-by-case basis.
How much is my rideshare accident case worth?
There is no average value for each rideshare accident case, as the injuries and facts of loss can greatly affect the value of your case. The best way to find out how much your case is worth is to contact a rideshare accident attorney.
How is filing an Uber accident claim different than any other personal injury accident?
Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies claim handling processes vary greatly. As you may already know, Uber and Lyft both have different policies as it relates to how they treat and compensate their drivers. The same goes for how they treat drivers, and passengers after an accident has occurred.
First: Who is the insurer? Lyft uses companies like Progressive, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, and more to insure their drivers involved in rideshare accidents. Uber uses companies like USAA, State Farm, Progressive, and more to insure their drivers involved in rideshare accidents. For example, the compensation averages offered by USAA change drastically compared to those offered by Progressive.
Second: Who is handling the claim? Depending on the state your accident occurred in, rideshare companies take many different approaches to claims handling. For example, in certain states Uber relies on its insurer for the entire claims handling process. This can significantly affect the amount of any compensation you receive.
Third: How the claim is submitted? In certain states the claim must be submitted directly through Uber or Lyft app., as opposed to submitting the claim directly to the insurer. When your claim is first received can have significant implications for the priority of your claim, especially if there are other injured parties in the rideshare accident.
Will I lose access to my Uber account if I file a claim?
Many people who drive for Uber may have concerns about taking any action they believe may jeopardize their employment. It is also very common for people to be unaware of their rights, which can create even greater uncertainty and confusion.
We know that understanding your rights after an accident can be tricky, especially when you are working for such large and powerful companies like Uber. However, understand that Uber drivers who bring a valid personal injury claim cannot be penalized. Your right to file a valid claim under the ridesharing company insurance policy is legally protected.
The same applies for any passengers involved in a rideshare accident. Uber cannot legally remove you from the app. for filing a valid injury claim. If you have been involved in an Uber accident, schedule your free case evaluation today. We can discuss your rights, and help you determine the best course of action.
Contact Our Top-Rated Uber Accident Attorneys
At The G Law Group, P.A., we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not pay any legal fees, unless we secure a financial recovery for you. The bottom line is that we don’t any concerns about paying upfront for a lawyer to keep you from seeking the legal help that you need. We know how a lawyer can make a major difference for you and your loved ones as you move forward after a rideshare accident.