Were You Injured in an Uber Accident in Los Angeles?
Banafshe Law Firm PC November 20, 2020
As ridesharing has exploded in popularity in Los Angeles, the number of accidents involving rideshare vehicles has increased as well. If you have been injured in an Uber accident – whether as an Uber passenger or the occupant of another vehicle – it is important to understand how California law applies to your accident and what insurance coverage may be available.
What is the Law Governing Uber Accidents in California?
In California, Uber accidents are generally subject to the same laws as all other vehicle collisions. To recover compensation for your losses (i.e., your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering), you must be able to prove fault. The simple fact that an Uber driver was involved does not automatically mean that the Uber driver (or Uber itself) is liable for your injuries. Instead, to pursue a claim under the driver’s or Uber’s insurance policy, you must be able to prove that the Uber driver’s negligence caused – or at least contributed to causing – the accident.
Some common grounds for pursuing liability claims after Uber accidents include:
- Distracted driving (i.e., using the Uber app behind the wheel)
- Speeding or running red lights or stop signs to get to a pickup on time
- Careless or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, medications, marijuana or illegal drugs
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance (i.e., accidents caused by worn brake pads or tires)
Whose Insurance Covers an Uber Accident?
Under California law, all Uber drivers are required to carry liability insurance. Uber has insurance that covers accident-related liability claims as well. In most cases, recovering your losses after an Uber accident will involve filing a claim under one or both of these policies. Although, if you were riding in an Uber vehicle and another driver caused your accident, then you would most likely have a claim under that driver’s insurance policy.
How Do You File a Claim After an Uber Accident in Los Angeles?
After an Uber accident, the first step toward filing a claim is to determine who was at fault in the accident. This requires a thorough investigation, and you will need to engage a local Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer to investigate as soon as possible. Once your lawyer determines who was at fault in the accident, then he or she can file all appropriate claims on your behalf.
In addition to determining fault, it is also necessary to determine how much coverage you are entitled to receive when seeking insurance coverage. In California, accident victims are entitled to receive compensation for all of their financial and non-financial losses. If you were seriously injured, your losses could be substantial, and you need to make sure you do not unknowingly settle for less than you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer
Were you injured in an Uber accident in California? If so, our Uber accident lawyer can help you collect the full compensation you deserve. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call 800-789-8840 or get in touch online now.