How to Receive Victim’s Compensation From an UBER Accident
At any moment, a person can be involved in an auto accident. An injured person might not have been a passenger in an Uber car at the time of the accident. Instead, the victim might have been rear-ended by the driver or been injured as a bicyclist, pedestrian, or motorcyclist. An injured victim can file a claim with the Uber driver’s insurance policy. Furthermore, an injured party can also file an Uber accident claim with Uber’s insurance policy.
Rideshare Insurance Coverage
In California, the drivers with ridesharing companies are required to carry $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in liability insurance along with $30,000 in property damage. The rideshare company also carries $200,000 in extra coverage. The insurance is applicable as long as the driver is logged into the app and looking for a customer request. When the driver accepts a ride and is en route to pick the customer, the $1 million insurance kicks in.
Collecting Evidence of an Uber Accident
After the accident’s victim must immediately take the following steps to preserve the right to compensation:
- Seek medical treatment
- Call the police
- Take pictures of the motor vehicles involved in the accident
- Obtain the driver’s identity
- Receive insurance information from the driver
- Obtain the witnesses identity
Victim’s Compensation of Damages Caused by the UBER Accident
A victim can be entitled to the damages for:
- Medical bills, including prescriptions, surgery, rehabilitation, doctor’s visits, equipment, and devices
- Lost wages in case the victim was not able to return to work while recovering
- Property damage, such as car damage
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Filing an Injury Lawsuit After an Uber Accident
A lawsuit can be the victim’s best bet in case the insurance company refuses to approve the claim, fails to extend a fair settlement offer or in case the victim’s injuries are particularly severe.
A Lawsuit Against Uber Drivers
Victims can file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent Uber driver. In this case, the injured victim must prove that the Uber driver breached the obligation to keep him safe. The amount of recovery will be limited by what the driver can pay.
A Lawsuit Against Third Parties
Accidents aren’t always caused by Uber drivers. Other drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and even companies responsible for defective products can cause an accident on the road. In California, a victim can recover compensation from anyone who contributed to his injury.
A Lawsuit Against Uber
Recovering compensation from Uber through a personal injury lawsuit can be problematic because the Company has fought to make sure that the drivers are independent contractors, rather than employees. As drivers aren’t Uber’s employees, it is more difficult to hold Uber personally liable for drivers’ negligence.
Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has was injured in an Uber accident, we invite you to contact our Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer at (310) 943-1171 today for a free consultation.