Uber Accident Lawyer
Injured in an accident while riding in Uber, Lyft, Via, Taxi, or another rideshare app?
Uber, and other rideshare apps are popular in metropolitan cities like Florida, New York, California, and Washington DC, where purchasing and maintaining a vehicle is both expensive and inconvenient. Uber makes things easy as you do not need to worry about parking or gas and can essentially have your own driver. Uber is also great for passengers because not only do you not have to maintain a car but you also do not have to have your own insurance to ride in an uber, lyft, taxi, via, or other rideshare car company.
If you have been involved in an Uber-related incident, make sure to contact an experienced Palm Beach car accident lawyer to ensure that you have skilled legal representation. An accident in an uber car is an accident with a commercial insurance policy. Uber-type car accident cases take a special degree of care since the insurance policy is different than that of an individual policy.
All Uber drivers are independent contractors, who must all maintain the mandatory commercial insurance policies to be a valid uber driver. Uber is a multi-billion company, and every year their insurance pays out millions in car accident injury claims. Even though Uber drivers are independent contractors with their own car insurance policies, when they are driving for uber and have the uber app open, they are working under the required uber car insurance policy.
When a driver is involved in a car accident collision with a paying passenger in their car, en route to pick up a passenger, or simply operating their vehicle with the Uber app open, the Uber insurance policy is responsible for the car accident, not the driver’s individual policy. Since most Uber drivers use their own vehicles to drive passengers around the city, it is important to make sure the Uber driver always has his or her Uber app open. While it may be tempting to pay the Uber driver less money for the ride by negotiating directly with him and asking him to turn his Uber app off, this seemingly harmless request could create a lot of harm if you get into a car accident while the Uber driver was driving. If the Uber driver was driving you around while not working for Uber, meaning the app was closed, that means you are not entitled to recover under the Uber commercial policy and you can only recover under the driver’s individual insurance policy, which may or may not exist, and if it does exist may have poor and insufficient insurance coverage to recover your bodily injury damages, economic losses, pain and suffering.
In litigation cases with Uber, the legalities become technical and complicated. Uber consistently maintains that it is the developer of an app which allows people to connect to rideshare services, and therefore not responsible for any car accidents. That is why now, many states require Uber drivers or “drivers for hire” to maintain additional commercial insurance coverage to ensure sufficient coverage for losses or harm sustained from an Uber car accident.
Steps to Take When Involved in an Uber Car Accident:
If you are involved in a vehicle accident with an Uber driver, the complex insurance issues vary state by state. Immediately contact an experienced personal injury Uber law attorney who has experience in dealing with the complex issues that arise when involved in a car accident while using Uber.
Hire An Attorney with Uber Accident Law Experience
If you have been in an Uber accident, hire an experienced injury law attorney who has knowledge of cases involving Uber vehicle accidents to help you understand your rights, to navigate the complicated legal process, and to help you maximize compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz are here to help you navigate your Uber injury law claim. Call us today for your free consultation. Remember, you owe us nothing unless we win for you.