Los Angeles Uber Accident Attorney
Uber is a popular rideshare service in California, offering passengers convenient rides in clean, comfortable automobiles. With more rideshare drivers on the road, Uber accidents are becoming more common, causing injuries to passengers and other motorists. While Uber and its drivers are required to carry specific types and amounts of automobile insurance, determining liability in an Uber accident can be complicated. The best way to protect your rights is by working with the right personal injury attorney.
J&Y Law represents Uber accident victims throughout Northern and Southern California. Our legal team is well-versed in the applicable traffic, negligence and insurance laws, and knows how to hold Uber and its drivers accountable for accidents that result in injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident, we will provide you with aggressive legal representation and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
How do I hail an Uber ride?
Uber relies on a smartphone app and satellite technology that enables passengers to secure a ride through a mobile device. Consumers simply request a ride through the app, which then notifies a driver. The driver uses GPS navigation to locate the passenger, as well as to map a route to the requested destination. The Passenger pays for the ride, including any tip, with his or her smartphone or a credit card, making the entire transaction transparent, secure and seamless.
It is worth noting that Uber drivers are independent contractors, use their own vehicles, and typically work long schedules, which makes them prone to fatigue. Uber drivers can also be distracted by their smartphones or GPS devices, increasing the odds of causing a vehicle collision. In any event, determining liability in an Uber accident is complicated, which makes having J&Y Law in your corner essential.
What are the factors involved in an Uber accident?
The insurance rules of California apply to Uber Accidents and coverage depends on a number of factors. Was the Uber driver logged into the app and being connected to a passenger? Had a trip been accepted and was the Uber en route to retrieve the passenger? Was the Uber driver transporting the passenger to his or her destination?
When the rideshare app is off, the Uber driver’s personal insurance is active. The coverage must meet the minimum auto insurance requirements in California:
- $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person injured in an accident
- $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident
- $5,000 of property damage coverage per accident
If the rideshare app is on, but the driver has not been paired with a passenger, then the following minimum insurance requirements apply:
- $50,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person injured in an accident
- $100,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per accident
- $30,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
Uber is also required to provide $200,000 in additional liability insurance during this period.
Once a passenger has secured a ride and entered a vehicle, Uber is required to carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in automobile insurance, which is intended to be the primary coverage for damages. Nonetheless, Uber may attempt to deny any liability for the actions of its drivers while insurance companies often deny claims or try to settle for as little money as possible.
In addition, if the passenger injuries exceed Uber’s policy limits, it may be necessary to look to the Uber driver’s personal car insurance to recover the remaining damages. Finally, if a third-party is deemed to be at least partly at fault, then the state’s rules of comparative negligence apply. In this scenario, Uber, the Uber driver, and the other vehicle driver may all be held liable, based on the percentage of fault assigned to each. Ultimately, it takes a skilled Uber accident attorney to win you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Uber Accident Lawyer
Knowing that being injured in an Uber accident is an overwhelming experience, J&Y Law will provide you with first-rate legal representation. By conducting a thorough investigation, we will determine the cause of your Uber accident and work to hold the responsible parties accountable. Above all, our legal team is committed to helping you obtain the full value of your claim.
Although each case is unique, you may be awarded compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will cover lost wages, the costs of medical care, loss of earning capacity, and similar monetary losses. Non-economic damages are designed to compensate you for losses that cannot be quantified, such as pain and suffering, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Although we prefer to reach negotiated settlements, we will take Uber and the insurer to court if necessary. Regardless of the size of your claim, we will fight to win. Please contact our office today to speak with our attorneys. The consultation is free, and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case.