Many people are aware of the potential complications in determining liability in a rideshare accident that involves two vehicles, but what happens when a pedestrian is hit by an Uber driver? Read on to get the answers and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
A Person’s Right as a Pedestrian
When a person is jogging, walking, or running on a sidewalk or other pedestrian walkway, they have the right of way. Even if they are running in the street, they likely have the right of way. While in some cases, a person can be found partially at fault for their own pedestrian accident, for example, if they were crossing away from a crosswalk, the vehicle driver is almost always at least partially at fault.
Pedestrians Could Collect Damages from Uber’s Insurance Company if the Driver Was Working
If the driver was working at the time of the collision, then they were covered by Uber’s $1 million insurance policy that covers every one of their drivers. Note that to be “working,” the driver needs to either have the app on to pick up a ride, have a ride in the vehicle, or be on the way to pick up a ride. If they do not have the app open, then they are not “working.”
Pedestrians Could Collect Damages from the Driver’s Insurance Policy if the Driver Was Not Working
If the driver was not working at the time of the accident, then their own insurance policy should cover the accident. The bad news for serious accidents is that the driver’s insurance policy likely covers much less than $1 million. The good news is that Uber requires that all drivers have a full coverage insurance policy, and this should cover the pedestrian even if the driver is not working.
The First Step to Take
If you are injured as a pedestrian in an Uber accident – or as a passenger – then your first step should be to get medical care to ensure you are safe. Follow up with all directions from your doctor. This is important both for your own health and because you will need evidence of your damages for your personal injury claim.
The next step is to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you. You have found that attorney in The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Call us now at 800-333-0000, and we can provide a free legal consultation. You do not want to go against Uber’s attorneys on your own. Let us help you get the settlement you deserve.