Ridesharing is a good way to get around the sprawling city of Los Angeles if you don’t own a car. Uber is one of the major players in the ridesharing game, with over 147,000 registered drivers in California as of 2017 with plans to recruit 15,000 just to service the greater Los Angeles area. But Uber drivers are drivers like the rest of us—and subject to the same potential to be involved in collisions and other accidents. When accidents occur, experienced and knowledgeable representation by a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney assures that your interests are best represented against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Uber has a $1 million liability policy covering most accidents but navigating an Uber claim can be tricky.
If you have been involved in an Uber-related accident, you may have a range of questions, such as “Can I sue Uber?” or “Can I sue the Uber driver?” Accident victims also wonder if the passengers in their non-Uber vehicle involved in the crash should file a claim with Uber or the driver of the Uber vehicle. The answers to these questions are a bit complex.
While Uber drivers are required to maintain insurance on their personal autos, Uber’s own policy kicks in to handle claims that arise when a driver logs on to the app. A blanket liability policy of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per incident covers drivers and others at that point. Once the logged-on Uber driver accepts a passenger, that blanket cover balloons to $1 million. This liability policy covers:
- Drivers or vehicle occupants of both the Uber vehicle and other involved vehicles injured in an accident where the driver of the Uber vehicle is the at-fault party
- Pedestrians injured by an Uber driver
- The Uber driver injured in an accident caused by another driver
Compensation in an Uber Accident Claim
If you have been hurt in an Uber-related accident, then you definitely have recourse for your damages, although if you have extensive damages, the limits that you can collect are reduced if the driver had not yet accepted a passenger (whether you were the passenger in question or if you were in a non-Uber vehicle involved in the crash). In general, you can expect to recover medical expenses, including any bills for hospital treatment and follow-up therapy, property damage, income loss, loss of income in the future, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. If your accident was serious enough as to cause a permanent partial or total disability, then you may be awarded compensation for diminished capacity to earn a living.
A seasoned Los Angeles Uber accident attorney can analyze your situation to identify all defendant in your particular case, whether that’s Uber, the driver, other drivers involved in the accident or some other third-party who contributed to the accident. Contact JML Law to schedule your free, no-obligation case review and consultation to begin weighing your legal options and start the process of filing your Uber accident claim.
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