It can be difficult enough to determine liability in any car accident, but when the accident involves an Uber or other rideshare vehicle, it can be even more difficult. Keep reading to get the facts about how liability is in Uber passenger accidents and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
What Happens When the Uber Driver is At-Fault for the Accident?
Uber and other rideshare drivers have third-party liability insurance coverage that covers up to $1 million for injury and property damage per accident. If the Uber driver was working at the time of the accident, then this is the policy that should cover your damages.
The insurance policy considers the driver to be working if they have a passenger in their vehicle (and in other situations), so if you have gotten a ride through the app, then you should be covered under the policy.
What Happens When Another Driver Was at Fault for the Accident?
If you are a passenger in an Uber vehicle when it is struck by another driver and that driver is at fault, then the at-fault driver is responsible for your injuries.
What Happens if the Uber Was Hit by a Driver That Fled or Did Not Have Coverage?
What if the Uber driver was not at fault, but the at-fault driver fled the scene or did not have insurance coverage? Uber also has uninsured motorist’s coverage that covers hit and run accidents, accidents in which the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance, or when the at-fault driver’s insurance doesn’t cover the full cost of treatment.
What Happens if More Than One Party Was at Fault for the Accident?
What happens if the Uber driver was speeding, which partially contributed to the accident, but another driver ran a red light, which also contributed to the accident? In the state of California, comparative fault would be relevant. This means that each driver is responsible for the percentage of your damages that is equal to their percentage of fault.
What Do I Do Next?
Contact a personal injury attorney. When you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we will begin with a free legal consultation. This gives us a chance to get the basic facts about your case to determine if you have grounds for a filing, and it gives you the chance to ask any questions you might have.
If we decide to take your case, it will be on a contingency basis that assures you do not owe us any money until we win your case. If we do not win your case, then you will not owe us anything for your legal fees. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 to get started.