Common Causes of Uber Accidents in Los Angeles

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Uber offers Californians and visitors to the state a convenient and affordable way to get around, but being injured in an accident is not part of the bargain. If you or a family member has suffered injuries in an Uber accident, J&Y Law can help. Uber accidents involve complicated insurance rules, making it essential to have informed legal representation. We know how to hold Uber and its insurance company accountable and will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to get started with an experienced Uber accident attorney. 

Common Causes of Uber Accidents in California

With so many rideshare vehicles on the state’s already congested roads and highways, the risk of Uber accidents is high. Common causes include:

  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Uber drivers are more likely to be distracted by using GPS and smartphones to navigate and connect with passengers. 
  • Fatigued driving goes hand-in-hand with being an Uber driver, even though state law limits them to transporting passengers for up to 12 hours. After 12 hours, Uber drivers must be logged off the app for 8 consecutive hours. 
  • Driving under the influence is inherently dangerous and irresponsible. Uber drivers who use drugs and alcohol are a danger to their passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians. 
  • Speeding is common for Uber drivers because they are under pressure to transport passengers as quickly as possible and get to their next paying rider.
  • Following too closely or tailgating other vehicles is likely when Uber drivers are under a lot of pressure to go quickly.

Who Pays For My Injuries in an Uber Accident?

Many people think that Uber will cover their injuries, but it depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. Uber does provide liability insurance for its drivers to pay for damages they cause to passengers and third parties. The coverage is only in force during specific periods and provides varying amounts of coverage during the applicable time period. 

  • Period 0 – The Uber driver is not logged on to the app. Uber does not provide any liability coverage during this period – the Uber driver’s liability policy is the primary source of coverage.
  • Period 1 – The driver is logged on to the Uber app but has not accepted a ride request yet. If the Uber driver is in an accident during this time, Uber provides coverage up to $50,000 per person that is injured, $25,000 property damage liability, and $100,000 total injury liability per accident.
  • Period 2 – The Uber driver has accepted a request and is on their way to pick up the passenger. If an accident occurs during this time, Uber provides $1 million in liability coverage.
  • Period 3 – Any time a passenger is in an Uber vehicle, the company provides up to $1 million in liability coverage. 

As you can see, this is a complicated insurance scheme. Uber accidents are even more complex when another motorist is partially responsible for the crash. Your claim may involve multiple parties, including the Uber Driver, the rideshare company, another motorist, and their insurers.

Why You Need a California Uber Accidents Lawyer

Going up against Uber and its insurance company is daunting because they have an unfair advantage over accident victims. At J&Y, our Uber accident attorneys have the skills and determination to level the playing field and hold them accountable. You can trust us to:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Determine the driver’s status at the time of the accident
  • Identify all the responsible parties
  • Negotiate a fair and just settlement with the insurer(s) 

While we work to settle Uber accident claims, we will take your case to trial if the defendant refuses to pay the fair value of your claim. Rest assured, we will protect your rights and work in your best interests. 

How Much Is My Uber Accident Claim Worth?

The amount of money you can recover depends on factors such as the severity of your injuries and the insurance coverage available to pay for your losses. Our legal team will fight for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative costs
  • Lost wages – present and future
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Personal property damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disability/disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

You may also be able to obtain punitive damages if the defendant’s conduct was illegal or egregious, such as DUI or reckless driving. These damages will punish the defendant’s behavior and deter others from similar wrongdoing. 

Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Uber Accident Attorney

If you have suffered an injury in an Uber accident arising from negligence, you deserve compensation for all your medical and financial needs. That’s where J&Y Law comes in. We have an impressive track record in personal injury claims, having recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We offer free consultations, and there is never a fee until we recover for you. Contact us today to speak to a capable Uber accident lawyer.