Our Riverside Uber accident attorneys provide you with skilled legal representation if you were injured by a negligent ride share driver in Riverside or the surrounding area. The unfortunate reality is that people get injured in Uber-related car accidents all the time in southern California. If you were the victim of an Uber car crash, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries.
It probably comes as no surprise to read that Uber auto accidents can result in serious injuries, such:
- head and back injuries,
- neck injuries, and
- broken bones.
Our personal injury attorneys can step in and file a lawsuit on your behalf if you suffered any bodily injury in an Uber accident – serious or otherwise. We typically file these suits against:
- the negligent driver of the Uber vehicle, and
- Uber itself.
Note that our Riverside car accident lawyers can also assist in your Uber car accident case by:
- making sure you receive medical attention for your accident injuries,
- investigating your motor vehicle accident and gathering evidence of an Uber driver’s fault,
- filing an accident claim with all applicable insurance companies, and
- maximizing your final payout.
The Shouse Law Group is a California personal injury law firm, with offices in the Inland Empire, that represents people injured in Uber and Lyft accidents. We work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible.
What are common types of Uber accidents and injuries?
People in Riverside, Riverside County, and the greater Southern California area get injured in Uber-related accidents almost every day, and some of them can even prove fatal.
According to a study conducted by professors at the University of Chicago and Rice University, the rise of rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber is associated with a 2-3% increase in the number of fatal accidents and motor vehicle fatalities. This study translates to about another 1,000 fatalities per year.1
Common Uber accidents often involve:
- Uber drivers colliding with pedestrians and bicyclists,
- Uber drivers crashing into other motor vehicles, and
- Uber passengers getting hurt after their driver causes a car accident with auto.
Uber car accident victims can suffer serious injuries. Common ones include:
- head or brain injuries,
- neck injuries,
- broken bones,
- back injuries, and
Who are common defendants in Uber accident cases?
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, our ride share accident lawyers can file a lawsuit on your behalf. They usually file these suits against:
- the negligent rideshare driver,
- the driver’s insurance company, and/or
As to the latter, note that Lyft and Uber traditionally tried to avoid liability in these cases with the disclaimer that their drivers were independent contractors as opposed to employees. But under a recent California law, both companies have to reclassify their drivers as official employees of their business. Now, people hurt in rideshare accidents can attempt to include Uber and Lyft in personal injury cases.2
It is important for injury victims to be familiar with the insurance information that applies in these cases.
For a non-rideshare driver, the minimum amount of liability insurance is:
- $15,000 in bodily injury liability per person,
- $30,000 in bodily injury liability per accident, and
- $5,000 for property damage.3
But Uber drivers are required to carry a personal auto insurance policy that covers:
- $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person,
- $100,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident, and
- $25,000 in property damage liability insurance.4
Further, Uber maintains a driver’s insurance policy of $1,000,000 that is available in some cases.5
If you are successful in brining a lawsuit, or in filing a personal injury claim, you can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
Further, if a motorist or passenger was killed in an Uber accident, the decedent’s remaining family members can bring a wrongful death suit to try and recover:
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
How does compensation work in these cases?
Many victims hurt in Uber accidents receive financial compensation by filing an injury claim with an insurance company. So, if an Uber car was in an accident, and either the passenger in the car or the driver of another car was injured, then the victim can file an insurance claim with either:
- Uber’s insurer, or
- the personal insurance policy of the Uber driver.
Often, the time of the accident will determine the relevant insurance company.
For example, when an Uber driver’s rideshare app is off, the driver’s personal car insurance coverage applies.
When a driver’s app is on, but the driver is waiting for a ride request, Uber’s insurance policy of $50,000/$100,000/$25,000 coverage applies.6
When a driver’s app is on, and the driver is picking up passengers or driving passengers, then Uber’s $1,000,000 third-party auto liability coverage applies.7
What is the role of a Riverside car accident attorney?
Rideshare accident attorneys play a vital role in these cases.
Personal injury lawyers will interview you to assess your medical needs and to learn the facts of your case. If you suffered serious injuries, a lawyer could help manage your ongoing medical care.
Lawyers help investigate the cause and circumstances of an accident and help gather critical evidence regarding an Uber driver’s negligence (for example, a police report).
If necessary, the personal injury attorney can appoint an expert to help in interpreting this evidence.
If you decide to file an injury claim, your lawyer can send a demand letter to the negligent party. This letter notifies the party that the victim intends to file a claim with the party’s insurance company.
Once your attorney files a claim, the lawyer can negotiate it with any applicable insurance adjusters on your behalf.
If an injury claim proves unsuccessful, a car accident attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
What are the benefits of an Uber accident attorney?
Rideshare accident lawyers provide a host of benefits in rideshare cases.
Lawyers understand the fair value of a claim or lawsuit. This means they know what a case is worth and will hold liable parties to pay their fair share of your losses.
An Uber attorney can also find hidden value in a case (for example, by discovering hard to find evidence). This means a lawyer can help maximize your final payout.
Law firms and attorneys also handle the complexities of a case so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Please keep in mind that most injury attorneys provide a free case evaluation. With a free consultation, you do not have to pay a dime for initial legal advice.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in an Uber or rideshare accident, we invite you to contact our law offices at the Shouse Law Group. Our California Uber accident lawyers provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case. Our Riverside attorneys represent clients throughout California, including those in Riverside County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino.
- Graham Rapier, “The meteoric rise of Uber and Lyft may have spurred a deadly outcome, according to new research.”
- See California Assembly Bill No. 5.
- California Insurance Code 11580.1b.
- See Uber website, “Auto insurance to protect you.”
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