Wreck in an Uber: Is There a Personal Injury Case?
ridesharing networks like LYFT AND Uber HAVE BEEN GAINING IN POPULARITY AND THE TREND ONLY CONTINUES TO GROW.
Hailing an Uber or Lyft has become a convenient way to travel around a city or avoid driving your own vehicle under the influence. However, as traveling in a vehicle goes there are bound to be collisions and accidents - whether you are driving yourself or a passenger in someone else's vehicle.
If you are injured in a car wreck involving an rideshare driver, who is responsible party for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages?
The responsibility of a collision falls on the at-fault driver. A passenger cannot be at-fault for a motor vehicle accident absent strange circumstances like grabbing the steering wheel, striking the driver, etc.
Can a passenger sue Uber?
Yes, you can sue for your injuries sustained while a passenger in a rideshare. Passengers are typically covered by Uber’s liability coverage insurance policy which is $1 million. There may also be insurance coverage by the driver of the other vehicles involved. Uber's $1 million policy covers your injuries whether your driver was at fault or the other motorist was at fault, whether that coverage is primary or secondary depends on the facts of the collision.
If you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident as a passenger, you may recover your:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity in case of disability
- Pain and suffering
Always remember insurance companies never want to pay you the full value of your injuries. They are giant corporations that are driven by profits and are not concerned about your well-being. They would rather settle quickly for low amounts or drag your claim out as long as possible to avoid paying a fair sum. These companies often employ thousands of people who know how to reduce or eliminate your claim’s value. They often receive bonuses according to the company's profit or by settling numerous claims under value.
Steps to Take After an Uber Accident
- Contact local law enforcement or call 911.
- If you are injured then seek medical assistance immediately.
- Take pictures if you are able.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t sent properly written demand letters to the driver or anyone else.
- Never accept cash for your injuries.
- Do not sign waivers or release forms.
- Do not speak with insurance adjusters. However, you may need to speak to the adjuster of your own insurance company.
- Do not admit fault.
Common Injuries After Wreck Involving an Uber or Lyft
Common injuries you may sustain after an Uber or Lyft accident are:
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Broken or cracked ribs
- Cuts to your face
- Hand and wrist injuries
What’s my Case Worth?
Many factors influence and affect the value of a case including the severity of injuries, permanence of injuries, amount of medical bills, future care amounts, and the amount of time missed from work.
If you have been injured as a passenger of an Uber or Lyft car, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Do not try to navigate the complex personal injury claims minefield alone.
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Georgia involving a rideshare driver such as Uber or Lyft, call me or fill out my form for a free consultation. I can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and damages. By calling (404) 610-4429, you will ensure you will receive proper representation against by the at-fault driver and the insurance companies.