Uber accidents are becoming increasingly common in California, at times resulting in spinal cord injuries to passengers and other motorists. Given the challenges of going up against Uber, its drivers, or negligent third parties, it is crucial for spinal cord injury victims to work with an experienced Uber accident attorney.
At J&Y Law, our practice is dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable for motor vehicle accidents that result in spinal cord injuries. We have the strength and determination to confront tech giants like Uber and the skills and experience to achieve successful outcomes in and out of the courtroom. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages on behalf of the injured in settlements and jury verdicts.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Uber accident, we will provide you with compassionate, efficient representation and work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you need to rebuild your life. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your Uber accident spinal cord injury claim.
How Uber Accidents Result in Spinal Cord Injuries
Uber passengers can suffer damage to the spinal cord when the sudden impact of a collision causes a violent blow to the spine. Nerves in the spinal canal, vertebrae, ligaments, and discs can also be damaged, while the spinal cord can be severed in a high-impact collision — rear-end, T-bone, head-on — resulting in bleeding, swelling, fluid buildup, and damage to the nerve fibers.
Another motorist involved in an Uber accident can suffer similar harm to the spinal cord.
Common Causes of Uber Accidents in California
Uber accidents, like most car accidents in California, are the result of driver error, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Improper turns/lane changes
- Reckless driving
Regardless of the cause of the Uber accident that resulted in your spinal cord injury, working with our experienced personal injury attorneys is the best way to protect your rights. Unlike other car accidents, Uber accidents involve complicated insurance rules, which makes it essential to have the informed representation we provide.
How J&Y Can Help With Your Uber Accident Spinal Cord Injury Claim
When you become our client, we will handle all the details of your claim, which starts by conducting an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the accident and identify the responsible party. Our experienced California Uber accident attorneys will:
- Investigate the accident scene
- Obtain and review police reports
- Identify and interview witnesses
- Collect evidence, including traffic surveillance video
- Investigate the Uber driver’s record for prior traffic violations and accidents
- Compile medical evidence in conjunction with your doctor
- Handle all communications with opposing attorneys and insurance companies
If you were injured as a passenger and the Uber driver was at fault for the accident, Uber’s insurance will be your primary source of coverage: the company is required to provide $1 million in liability insurance when a driver is transporting a passenger.
Because that coverage may not be sufficient to cover injuries, you can also file a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier. Uber drivers are required to have additional insurance coverage when they are traveling with passengers. Also, Uber accidents are governed by the laws of comparative negligence, so the other driver involved in the accident may bear some degree of culpability for your spinal cord injury.
If you were injured in a collision with an Uber driver, coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to pursue a claim with the driver’s insurance company, Uber’s insurance carrier, or both. Finally, if the accident was caused by a vehicle defect, it may be possible to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor.
In any event, given the complexities of pursuing an Uber accident claim and the lasting consequences of a spinal cord injury, working with J&Y Law is the wise choice. We will explore all your legal options and make sure your rights are protected.
Damages You May Be Awarded for Your Spinal Cord Injury
Although no two injury claims are alike, our Uber accident lawyers will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Long-term care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Assistive devices (e.g. braces, crutches, wheelchairs)
- Required modifications to your residence
Knowing that a spinal cord injury is life-altering, we will see to that all your future medical and financial needs are met.
Contact Our Experienced California Uber Accident Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an Uber accident, we can help you get the resources you need to protect your well-being and secure your financial future. At J&Y, we handle all Uber accident claims on a contingency basis, which means that you pay nothing to us until we recover for you. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.