Assisting Clients in Seeking Compensation for Uber Accident Injuries
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident that involved an Uber vehicle, time may be of the essence, contact the the experienced legal team of Duluth Uber Accident Lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm today to find out more about how we can assist you with your Uber accident case.
Popular ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been competing with traditional taxicab companies over the last ten years or so—and giving them a significant amount of competition. Uber allows users to download an app on their cell phone or other electronic device and request a ride from a driver who is in the vicinity. An Uber driver then responds to the location, picks up the fare, and transports him or her to the desired destination of the rider’s choosing. In many instances, Uber offers a cheaper alternative than a traditional taxicab to get to and from the airport, restaurant, bar, or nightclub quickly. It is especially popular in major metropolitan areas, including downtown Duluth, Georgia.
With more Uber vehicles on the road at a given time over the past few years comes the possibility of motor vehicle collisions and accidents. In some Uber accident cases, the Uber driver may be the negligent individual, while at other times another motor vehicle operator may negligently cause his or her vehicle to collide with an Uber vehicle. The driver may not be paying attention to the road or may be engaging in distracted or intoxicated driving. In any case, the occupants of the vehicles can become seriously injured in a collision that involves an Uber vehicle.
Uber accidents can be more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents. In part, this is because the individuals who drive for Uber are using their own vehicles and are independent contractors, as opposed to employees. To date, there is not a great deal of case law or statutory law on motor vehicle accidents that involve a ridesharing vehicle. Consequently, when these accidents do occur, there is often a question of which insurance company should be responsible for paying the damages in an accident.
In some cases, depending upon the circumstances, the Uber driver’s own personal policy of motor vehicle insurance may be applicable. At other times the Uber corporate policy may take precedence. If it is clear that another driver brought about the collision, then that driver’s insurance policy may be on the hook.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident that involved an Uber vehicle, time may be of the essence. This is because in Georgia personal injury matters, including those that involve Uber accidents, you only have two years from the date of your accident (absent some extremely limited exceptions) to file a lawsuit seeking compensation and damages for your injuries.
Moreover, the circumstances surrounding Uber accidents—often concerning motor vehicle insurance coverage—can be difficult to navigate. Therefore, hire our knowledgeable Duluth Uber accident lawyers to represent you as early on in the process as possible. The experienced legal team at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you with bringing your claim, and if necessary, filing a timely lawsuit with the court. Call us today to find out more about how we can assist you with your Uber accident case.
Uber Driver Qualifications
Although, to drive for Uber, prospective drivers must first meet certain minimum qualifications, these drivers can still cause motor vehicle accidents while they are operating their vehicles on the road. To drive for Uber, an individual must be at least 21 years old. Prospective Uber drivers are also required to pass a background check that Uber administers. Finally, they must own a motor vehicle that satisfies the various requirements established by Uber or Lyft.
Uber drivers, however, are not required to take a driving test, undergo a psychiatric examination, undergo a physical examination, or be fingerprinted, before working as an independent contractor for Uber. Just like any other motor vehicle operator, an Uber driver may violate the rules of the road, speed, or otherwise act negligently while behind the wheel, resulting in a serious collision with another vehicle or bringing about a single-vehicle accident.
Also, when Uber decides to take on a driver, there is an Uber corporate insurance policy that is available. This policy of insurance provides liability benefits as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. Moreover, this insurance policy may come into play at certain times when the Uber driver is operating his or her motor vehicle on the road.
Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage Through an Uber Corporate Policy
The Uber corporate insurance policy comes into play in several instances. Essentially, this insurance coverage (a single-limit $1 million policy applicable to personal injuries, property damage, and death, along with $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage) begins as soon as an Uber driver decides to accept a ride fair. This happens through the Uber app that is downloadable on a cell phone or other electronic device. The Uber corporate coverage typically stays in effect until a particular ride fare ends—and when the customer has reached his or her final destination.
In addition, state law sets certain requirements for Uber ridesharing vehicles. For example, the Uber corporate policy must provide coverage when a driver has accepted a fare but has not yet picked up his or her passenger. Even in cases where the Uber driver was on the clock when the accident occurred but had not picked up the passenger yet, the Uber corporate policy may still be in effect. However, different policy limits of coverage will apply.
For example, if the Uber driver had not yet picked up his or her passenger, the driver was logged in to the Uber system, and the driver was ready and available to accept a ride—and a motor vehicle accident then occurs—the corporate policy limits are typically $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident.
Accidents that occur in ridesharing vehicles, including Uber vehicles, are relatively unique, and there is not a lot of settled law on the subject. Therefore, if you are involved in one of these accidents, have knowledgeable legal counsel representing you every step of the way. They experienced Duluth Uber accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm will assist you with filing your claim, and if necessary, with filing a lawsuit against Uber corporate or some other responsible person or entity following your motor vehicle accident.
Accidents Involving a Collision With an Uber Vehicle
In some cases, accidents that involve an Uber vehicle do not happen because the Uber driver is negligent. In these instances, the accident occurs because some other motor vehicle driver behaves negligently or carelessly under the circumstances. All drivers on the road in Georgia are responsible for following all of the applicable traffic regulations and laws. When drivers fail to do this, and an accident occurs, they can be responsible for the injuries that happened.
Therefore, passengers in an Uber vehicle who are involved in an accident that is caused by another motor vehicle driver may assert a claim against that driver’s insurance company. If the at-fault driver sped up and fled the scene of the accident (that is, a phantom vehicle accident), then the Uber corporate policy pertaining to uninsured motorist benefits may come into play to supply the necessary insurance coverage.
An experienced Duluth Uber accident attorney at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties for your accident, including the driver of another motor vehicle or some other person or entity.
Proving That an At-Fault Driver Was Negligent
Injured victims of Uber accidents are responsible for proving that one or more drivers caused their accident and that they are therefore entitled to recover compensation and damages. For an Uber passenger to prove that a motor vehicle driver, including the Uber driver, was negligent under the circumstances, the accident victim must show that the at-fault driver acted unreasonably under the circumstances.
For example, the driver may have violated Georgia traffic regulations and laws or may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision. Moreover, the negligent driver may have been distracted at the time of the collision, looking at a cell phone or some other electronic device while he or she should have been paying careful attention to the road.
Assuming that the accident victim can prove fault on the part of one or more drivers, the accident victim must also demonstrate that all of his or her injuries resulted from the accident—and that these injuries resulted from the accident. Although the Uber accident does not need to be the one sole cause of the injury or injuries sustained, it must be a cause of the injury as one of several potential causes.
The experienced Duluth Uber accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you with proving all of the legal elements of your accident claim as a means of pursuing the compensation and damages that you deserve. We can help you pursue this financial compensation by way of a settlement, alternative dispute resolution proceeding, or jury trial in the court system.
Recoverable Damages in Duluth Uber Accident Cases
Motor vehicle accidents that involve an Uber vehicle can result in serious and traumatizing personal injuries and damages. Potential injuries sustained in a Duluth Uber accident may include a bone fracture, traumatic head injury, soft tissue injury, spinal cord injury, internal injury, paralysis injury, or death. Generally speaking, the more significant your injuries and required medical treatment, the higher the potential damages in your case.
Victims of Uber accidents may recover compensation for all of their out-of-pocket expenses, medical bills, and lost earnings. In some cases, the injuries may be so serious that the injured accident victim can no longer return to the same job at the same employment. When that occurs, the accident victim may be eligible to recover compensation for loss of earning capacity.
In addition to these potential economic damages, an Uber accident victim may pursue and recover non-economic damages. These damages include compensation for mental distress, pain and suffering, inconvenience, permanent disability, loss of the ability to use a body part, and loss of spousal companionship.
In some cases, the injuries that an Uber accident victim suffers are fatal. In those instances, the personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate or another loved one may file a claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
In some cases, the responsible person/entity may be the Uber driver or Uber corporate. In those situations, the claimant may recover monetary compensation for loss of the deceased loved one’s future earnings, loss of the loved one’s companionship, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering that the loved one experienced between the time the Uber accident occurred and the time of his or her death.
Motor vehicle accidents that involve Uber vehicles can result in serious and catastrophic injuries and damages. The experienced Duluth Uber accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm understand the seriousness of these accidents and will do everything possible to help you recover the compensation that you deserve for all of the injuries that you suffered in your Uber accident.
Duluth Uber Accident FAQ
If you suffered an injury in an Uber accident, you may have questions about your rights and how to recover compensation. While there is plenty of information about rideshare incidents available, there’s not a lot of information about what you should do in the weeks following an Uber accident.
To protect victims’ rights, we have answered some of the most common questions we hear from potential clients who suffered injuries in an accident involving a ridesharing vehicle. To learn more, call our office today to speak with an Uber accident lawyer in Duluth.
Does fatigued driving lead to Duluth Uber accidents?
Before the advent of ridesharing, traffic accidents were at an all-time low. Since that time, however, the number of auto accidents has been rising about two to three percent each year. That doesn’t automatically lay the blame at the feet of rideshare companies, but it’s an interesting correlation between the increase in rideshare cars on the road and a higher number of car accidents.
Longer driving hours. It’s no secret that drowsy driving leads to accidents as we all know that drowsiness and fatigue can negatively impact reaction time and judgment. Still, Uber allows its drivers to work for 12 hours before taking a break from the app for at least six hours. Uber may see the rule as a step in the right direction to keep sleepy drivers off the road, but 12 hours of continuous driving is still an extremely long time to be behind the wheel. In addition, many drivers have other jobs, including driving for other rideshare companies.
Incentivizing longer driving periods. A New York Times article reveals that Uber pays behavioral scientists to develop ways to influence driver behavior. Specifically, they want to influence drivers when to log in, what locations for them to drive, and how long they will drive passengers to their destinations.
In the same way that Netflix influences viewers to binge-watch their programming, Uber aims to keep its drivers driving for longer periods. That’s more profitable for the company and perhaps for the driver, but the downside is an increased risk of accidents due to drowsy driving and slower reaction time.
What injuries are common in Duluth Uber crashes?
Uber accidents are no different than other auto accidents insofar as drivers and passengers can suffer serious injuries. Most of the time, rideshare passengers in rideshare vehicles ride in the backseat. Many types of accidents can affect backseat riders, including rear-end collisions, broadside collisions, and more.
The most common types of auto accident injuries include:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Broken bones
- Hip or leg injuries
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one is facing injuries from an accident involving Uber or another rideshare service, seek legal help right away for an opportunity to receive compensation for the damages you incurred. The sooner you contact an experienced rideshare accident attorney, the sooner your lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation and obtain crucial evidence needed to support your case.
Injuries from car accidents can be severe and leave lasting damage. If your injuries are due to the negligent acts or behavior of another person or party, you have a right to pursue justice and receive compensation for your past, current, and future expenses. Contact Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm now for a free case evaluation.
Who will pay for my medical bills after a Duluth Uber accident?
In a “regular” auto accident that doesn’t involve rideshare companies, the at-fault party is responsible for reimbursing the victim’s medical bills. But what happens when an Uber driver is the at-fault party? Will Uber pay for your medical bills?
The answer to that question depends on two factors:
- Fault. Uber will pay for medical bills if their driver is responsible for the accident. If the Uber driver is not at fault, Uber will not pay. In the event another motorist does not have auto insurance, Uber will cover your medical expenses through their uninsured motorist coverage.
- Amount. Here’s where it gets interesting. Uber’s liability coverage provides $1 million for injuries caused by their drivers when they are providing rides or on their way to pick up passengers. While $1 million seems like a lot of money, and usually it’s more than enough in less serious accidents, that amount may be insufficient to cover serious compensatory damages.
Consider this: A rider could suffer serious life-altering injuries requiring extensive current and future medical care. They could also require long-term physical therapy to recover. As a result, they could lose wages as a result of missed time at work.
What’s more, their injuries could place limits on their physical ability to work and thereby reduce their future earning capacity. They could also be experiencing emotional pain and suffering as a result of their new circumstances. There could be other factors that contribute to their damages, as well.
You can see how quickly damages add up and how $1 million might not be sufficient in some cases.
If you are a passenger in an auto accident involving Uber’s rideshare service, you may need Uber to pay your medical bills up to their $1 million limit or even more, depending on the circumstances. You’ll want to have a competent lawyer on your side to fight for your rights.
Contact Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm now to get legal counsel who will fight to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What if I was in another car hit by a Duluth Uber driver?
If an Uber driver who is not signed in to the Uber app causes a crash, the standard accident protocol is in order—just exchange contact and auto insurance information with the other party.
However, if the Uber driver is signed into the Uber app, Uber’s insurance coverage may or may not kick in, depending on the situation.
When Uber’s Liability Insurance is Available
Uber offers insurance for its drivers and anyone they get in an accident with—but only in certain situations.
Here are the parameters for when Uber’s liability insurance may be available:
- If the driver is offline: Uber does not offer liability insurance coverage in this instance. The only coverage he or she likely has is from personal auto insurance.
- If the driver is logged into the Uber app: If the driver is logged into Uber, but there are no passengers in their car, Uber’s insurance will provide coverage up to $50,000 for injury and $25,000 for property damage. This is designed as secondary coverage when the driver’s personal insurance is not enough to cover the damages.
- If the driver has accepted a ride request or has a passenger in their vehicle: In this case, Uber’s $1 million liability insurance policy is available for people hurt in accidents caused by their drivers. Uber also provides comprehensive and collision insurance and $1 million for uninsured motorist injury coverage.
An Uber accident attorney can help you navigate liability issues. In many cases, both the Uber driver’s personal insurance and Uber’s liability coverage may be responsible for paying compensation for damages you have suffered. Get in touch with Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm now to discover what claims you may file for compensation.
What damages are available after a Duluth Uber accident?
When an Uber driver is liable for an accident that leaves you with an injury, you can file claims for property damage as well as physical damages. Additionally, you may file claims for mental and emotional damages.
Here are some of the common damages you may be eligible to claim, depending on the circumstances of your injury:
- Physical damage to your vehicle
- Replacement costs for damaged or lost personal property
- Rental vehicle fees
- Past and future lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Past, current, and future medical costs
- Reimbursement for mileage to doctors’ appointments
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life
Speak with an experienced Uber accident attorney at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm for a free review of your case. We’ll let you know what damages you may be eligible to file. Call or email us now.
How much is a Duluth Uber accident claim worth?
As each case has unique circumstances, the compensation victims obtain can vary widely. For cases in which injuries are relatively minor, payouts may be as little as a few thousand dollars. More serious injuries, particularly those requiring surgery, can result in compensation of tens of thousands of dollars or more.
Some of the factors that may affect how much compensation you receive include:
- The relative strength of your case
- The severity of your injuries
- Your occupation
- The details of how your accident occurred
- Your prognosis
Should I call an attorney for help with a Duluth Uber accident claim?
Yes. You most certainly should seek legal counsel to handle your Uber accident claim. Even if a representative from Uber tells you they are paying the policy limits for an injury, you should still get an attorney. Note that nearly all insurance companies will pay the policy limits for a badly injured person. By accepting Uber’s offer outright, you may be short-changing yourself of the true value of your case.
You’re much better off letting an attorney handle your case. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council, those who suffer injuries in auto accidents due to driver or manufacturer negligence win about 3.5 times more in settlement compensation when an attorney represents them compared to those who do not hire legal representation.
An experienced Uber accident attorney understands car accident law as well as the best practices for dealing with Uber’s insurance companies. They’ll tell you what you may claim.
Schedule a free consultation with Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm now to review your case. We’ll answer all your questions and let you know how much your claim may be worth.
What does a Duluth Uber accident lawyer do?
An Uber accident attorney can conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to obtain evidence that bolsters your case. Additionally, they can file all the right documents with Uber’s insurance company to increase the odds that you’ll receive a higher compensation payout.
Perhaps most importantly, an experienced Uber accident lawyer can negotiate on your behalf for higher settlement compensation. Attorneys argue and negotiate professionally. It’s what we do best. Contact an attorney at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm who will fight to get you the highest settlement amount possible by law.
How much does a Duluth Uber accident attorney cost?
If you hire Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm to handle your case, you’ll pay nothing unless we successfully obtain financial compensation for you. That’s because we work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you won’t pay for any fees or expenses unless we win your case, either through a financial settlement or a court verdict.
When we take on your case, we’ll fight tirelessly for you to get fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. In return, we will hold a portion of your compensation to cover our fees—but that’s only if we win.
Will my Duluth Uber accident case go to court?
Most likely, the answer is no. The overwhelming majority of cases never reach the courtroom. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), only 3 percent of personal injury cases actually go to court.
During negotiations with Uber’s insurance company, there will be a back and forth with each side extending offers and counteroffers. At some point, the insurance company will issue its final take-it-or-leave-it offer. If the offer is unsatisfactory, you can appeal it through Uber’s internal appeal process, which may or may not result in a fair compensation settlement. You will not have to go to court during this appeal.
In rare cases, your case will end up in court. Even then, you will most likely not go to trial. Instead, the court will require you to exhaust all options before committing to a trial. A mediator may act as a third-party to oversee settlement negotiations.
Want to free evaluation of your case? Call Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm now.
Speak With Our Duluth Uber Accident Lawyers Today
At Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm, our personal injury lawyers will fight hard for your right to recover monetary compensation for injuries that you suffered in your Uber accident. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Duluth Uber accident attorney, please call us at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online for more information about how we can assist you with your Duluth Uber accident case.
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