Who Can I Sue After an Uber Accident in Los Angeles?
Banafshe Law Firm PC March 19, 2021
If you’ve recently been involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or after colliding with an Uber driver, you may be wondering whether you need to file a personal injury lawsuit to cover your medical expenses. However, determining who to sue after an Uber accident isn’t always so cut and dry – often, deciding who to sue will be based entirely on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Working with an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer is a good step in the right direction. They can help you review the facts of your case and identify who would be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit, making it that much easier to move forward and recover damages for your expenses and lost wages.
Who is Liable After a Rideshare Accident in California?
After a car accident, liability will almost always be related to negligence. Negligence is the intentional or unintentional act of acting carelessly. If those negligent actions lead to an accident, then the court will most likely find you liable for any resulting injuries that may have occurred. So, for example, if your Uber driver was acting carelessly and caused an accident, or you were involved in an accident with an Uber vehicle, and it is found that their recklessness caused the accident, you would be entitled to sue for injuries arising from the accident.
Even when you can prove the Uber driver was liable, however, you may still be wondering who is the right person to sue.
Who Should I Sue?
Generally speaking, as a passenger in an Uber that was involved in an accident, you will be covered by the company’s commercial liability coverage. This means that Uber’s insurer would be responsible for paying out any injury claims you file to cover your medical expenses. However, the circumstances of the case may additionally warrant filing a lawsuit against the driver as well, who by law is also required to carry their own collision insurance. If the driver doesn’t have adequate insurance, you should be able to seek additional damages from Uber. In most cases, you will be covered up to $1 million for your resulting injuries.
Bear in mind that the amount you’re entitled to will depend on what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. Whether they were logged into the ridesharing app when the accident occurred, for example, is usually an important factor in who you can sue after an accident.
Contact a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer to Learn More
Have you been involved in an accident with an Uber driver? If you’re wondering whether you can sue the driver or the ridesharing company itself, you should speak with a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer to determine the best approach for your case. Contact our office today.