If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident, you may want to consider contacting an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer to find out what legal options may be available to you.
There are several different ways a person can sustain injuries in an Uber car crash:
· They may be a passenger in an Uber, paying for services;
· They may be a driver or passenger in another vehicle involved in a crash with an Uber vehicle; or
· They may be a pedestrian or cyclist that is struck by the Uber vehicle.
Whatever way you sustained your Uber accident injuries, you can be assured that a skilled Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer will use all available resources to get you the financial compensation you may be entitled to under California tort law.
How Are Uber Crashes Different Than Other Vehicle Crashes?
In the majority of vehicle accidents that involve a vehicle which is doing business, such as a taxi or a bus, the driver of the vehicle works for a company that owns the vehicle. In these types of accidents, the injured victim would file a claim against the business or company the driver worked for.
But an Uber accident lawyer Los Angeles clients recommend understands that accidents involving ridesharing vehicles are different. The Uber driver is not an employee of Uber, but is considered a contractor. When there is an accident, it can be confusing trying to determine who is responsible for damages – the driver or Uber. This is why it is critical to have a professional Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer representing you. He or she can ensure that the correct parties will pay the amount of damages you deserve.
Your Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer will make that determination by studying the details of your case and what status the driver was in when the crash occurred.
Under current law, if the Uber driver was using their vehicle for personal use and was not in available status, then they are entirely responsible for any damages resulting from the crash.
If the Uber driver was available at the time of the crash, but had no passenger in the vehicle, then the Uber driver is responsible for damages from the crash. However, Uber does provide additional liability coverage if the driver’s own insurance company does not cover all the damages.
If the Uber driver was available and had an Uber passenger at the time of the crash, Uber’s liability insurance (up to $1 million) will cover the damages for injured victims. If Uber denies the claim, it is also likely the driver’s insurance would also deny the claim because they were working at the time of the crash.
Let an Uber Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Fight for You
Ridesharing crashes can be complex because there are often multiple parties which may be liable for financial compensation to the injured victim. If you would like to speak with a seasoned Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer, fill out a contact form on our website for a free consultation.