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Uber Accident Attorneys in California

Uber is driving more people around California than ever before

We live in a world where Uber has become a top source of transportation for individuals who do not have a motor vehicle. Uber is also incredibly convenient if you are going to spend a Friday night out at the bar with some friends and you need a safe ride home. Uber also comes in handy when you need to travel but taking your own vehicle would be too much of a hassle.

As more people choose Uber as an alternative to driving themselves, The May Firm is seeing more and more accident victims involved in personal injury claims that name Uber as a potential at-fault party. Uber accidents can include other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists. Should you find yourself injured as a result of someone else’s negligence while riding in an Uber, contact the experienced California Uber accident lawyers at The May Firm for a risk free injury consultation. Our attorneys are dedicated to getting each and every one of our clients the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve.

Uber insurance coverage can make even simple accident claims more complicated

Drivers for Uber are required to carry their own car insurance, which often covers injuries of passengers in the event the driver causes an accident while working for Uber. Insurance requirements are administered by the California Department of Insurance – impacting anyone who owns and operates a motor vehicle, regardless of whether they drive for companies like Uber. In addition to individual insurance, transportation companies like Uber carry their own insurance policies in the event that their drivers are involved in an accident. Uber currently insures its drivers with a $1 million policy.

Under this policy, Uber is liable for any damages up to the difference between the at-fault driver’s policy limit and Uber’s $1 million policy limit. In other words, if an at-fault driver’s insurance policy covers $30,000 in damages, Uber is liable for a maximum of $970,000 if such a payout is required. Typically, accidents will not result in $1 million in damages so reaching Uber’s policy limit in a single accident is highly unlikely.

Common accidents involving Uber

Uber car accidents can take multiple shapes and forms. Common Uber accidents may include a pedestrians being struck by an Uber driver, or other drivers being struck by an Uber driver. Some of the most typical Uber accidents occur when the vehicle an Uber passenger is traveling in is struck by another driver.

In the event that any one of its drivers causes an accident, Uber may be found liable. Uber may also be responsible to pay if the Uber passenger is injured in an accident caused by a driver other than the Uber driver.

If you were hurt in an accident that involved an Uber trip, regardless of whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another driver on the roadway, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to talk about the process for holding Uber accountable for your injuries. You do not have to worry about knowing who to contact – let our law firm take care of that for you. The attorneys at The May Firm are well-versed in representing Uber accident victims.

Pedestrians injured by an Uber driver

If an Uber driver hits a pedestrian, Uber may be held responsible. When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the injuries can be very serious – even fatal. A car weighs several tons and it can cause catastrophic injuries to a human. Pedestrians are entitled to sue both Uber and the responsible driver for any injuries they may have sustained.

Pedestrians have the right of way in California. If a pedestrian enters the roadway, cars are expected to stop and allow them to cross safely, even if the pedestrian is not crossing at a crosswalk. Even if a pedestrian steps out onto the roadway without looking both ways, any driver who strikes the pedestrian is still generally liable for the pedestrian’s injuries. Uber drivers are no exception.

If you were struck by an Uber driver while crossing the street, your first priority is getting medical attention – at minimum, you need to be evaluated by a physician to understand the full extent of your injuries. Next, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in California with experience dealing with Uber accidents – before you speak with the insurance company.

Insurance companies often offer small cash settlements to rideshare accident victims in an attempt to resolve the claim quickly and for less than they may be potentially liable for. These early settlement offers may cover your immediate medical expenses, but they are rarely enough to compensate you for all of the other expenses incurred as a result of your accident. The May Firm can help to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your Uber accident claim.

Drivers struck by an Uber

Accidents between motor vehicles are extremely common in California. With the surging popularity of transportation companies like Uber, accidents involving their drivers contribute to the ever-growing rate of motor vehicle accidents. Just like other drivers on the road, Uber drivers are only human and their mistakes can leave other people in a terrible situation.

Drivers injured in accidents caused by Uber drivers are covered by Uber’s $1 million insurance policy. If a driver is involved in an accident caused by a driver working for Uber, he or she is entitled to compensation. The injured driver will first be compensated by the at-fault driver’s personal auto insurance company, then from Uber’s insurance policy. This means that there are multiple ways in which an injured driver can receive compensation.

If you were struck by an Uber driver while driving your car, contact The May Firm. Our personal injury lawyers will ensure that you receive the payout that you deserve. We will protect you from any cheap payout the responsible insurance company may try to throw your way.

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Uber passenger injured by another driver

If you were riding in an Uber and another driver struck the car you were riding in, you have multiple legal avenues available to help cover your medical costs, lost time at work and other costs you’ll incur as a result of your injuries. Normally the other driver’s insurance company will be responsible for covering your claim, but Uber’s insurance policy can provide additional coverage. Injured customers are sometimes surprised to learn that Uber will cover their expenses in this scenario – it all depends on the limitations of the insurance policy carried by the at-fault party. Of course, every case is unique – so your best bet is to get in touch with a rideshare personal injury expert at The May Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Passenger injured due to the negligence of their Uber driver

If a passenger in an Uber is injured in an accident caused by the Uber driver, the passenger is entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. The passenger may first recover from the Uber driver’s own personal auto insurance policy, then if that policy is inadequate, from the policy carried by Uber.

When you get into an Uber driver’s car, you are entrusting the driver with your safety. You expect the Uber driver to obey all traffic laws and to drive with caution. If your driver fails to exercise appropriate caution and causes an accident that leaves you injured, you have a right to seek reimbursement. The reimbursement you receive should compensate you for your medical bills and any other expenses that may incur as a result of your injuries.

If you were an Uber passenger who was hurt in an accident caused by your Uber driver, a skilled personal injury attorney will be able to help you recover damages. If necessary, the attorney will represent you in court. Call The May Firm today to talk about how we can help you.

Tips for Uber passengers
  • SCREENSHOT AND/OR DOWNLOAD YOUR TRIP INFORMATION. Transportation companies like Uber provide passengers with certain information prior to their trip, such as the name of the driver, vehicle information, the route to the destination, and departure/arrival estimates.
  • CONTACT A RIDESHARE ACCIDENT LAWYER IMMEDIATELY. The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer after the accident, the sooner you can be compensated for your injuries. Your lawyer can communicate with the insurance companies, negotiate settlements, and represent you in court. They also have the necessary channels to obtain information that you may not necessarily have access to as a passenger.
  • REQUEST A COPY OF THE DRIVER’S “DRIVING” INFORMATION. Uber drivers are monitored by the company. There is an app that monitors their vehicle’s speed, braking, G forces, and location. If your Uber driver caused an accident by speeding, this data will have been recorded during your trip. However, such information is not usually available to the public. Your lawyer can request that this data be preserved at the onset of litigation and sent over for review.
After an Uber accident

Regardless of how the accident unfolded, you have a right to sue for compensation for your injuries if you were hurt by someone else’s actions. Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another driver on the roadway, Uber is liable to you if the driver’s personal insurance policy does not adequately compensate you for your medical expenses and any other associated costs.

Your first course of action after an Uber accident should be to seek medical attention. Shortly thereafter, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer. They will be able to assess the facts of your case and establish the best course of action. In some cases, they may pressure the insurance company to increase their settlement offer. In others, they may recommend litigation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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