As more and more people take advantage of the convenience offered by Uber and other ridesharing services, the likelihood of being in an accident with an Uber driver is going to rise. While passengers’ fees fund the public’s safety, accidents can and will still happen. And unfortunately, no one thinks about what will happen if they are in an accident until it’s too late. If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver, it’s important that you understand your rights.
Brauns Law, PC is here to help you with your claim involving Uber. Call us at (404) 348-0889 or send us an email via our online contact form for a free consultation.
Car Accidents Are Traumatic
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, you know how stressful and confusing it can be. Not only are you in pain, but you are worried about how you are going to pay your medical bills, how you’re going to get to work, and how you are going to be able to afford to repair your car. You may be entitled to compensation, but you’re not sure what to do. You might be wondering what records you need, how to contact witnesses, and how to determine who is at fault.
Uber Claims Are Unique
All car accidents are different and can give rise to a wide variety of claims, but claims that arise from Uber accidents present unique challenges. If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Uber driver, either as a passenger or as another motorist or pedestrian, you need an experienced attorney who can help you navigate your options.
Uber accidents occur just like any other car accident, with the same risk of serious injury. Car accidents are typically the result of someone’s negligence. They may have been driving too fast in unsafe conditions or failed to see an obvious road hazard. Uber drivers, however, may be even more likely to cause accidents. This could be due to distractions from their passengers, or fatigue caused by long hours behind the wheel in order to make ends meet. Uber drivers also drive a lot of miles compared to a private motorist, and the amount of driving they do may have led to an unexpected mechanical failure that caused the accident. The time and financial pressures that are part of being an Uber driver may also lead to reckless driving that could cause an accident.
In any car accident, it is important that you handle your claim correctly if you need to be compensated for your injuries or other damages. This is as important in Uber cases, but the way your claim is handled may be very different. Uber drivers are considered common carriers, and the insurance requirements are somewhat different. The facts will be critical in determining which insurance policy will pay the claim, and as you can guess, insurance companies try to avoid paying out on claims whenever possible. As a result, the claims process can be very complicated if you are injured or have suffered some other loss involving an Uber driver.
In addition, Uber drivers are considered independent contractors. This means that Uber may not be held liable for their drivers’ negligence. This further complicates who is at fault and who you may have a claim against.
Accidents involving Uber are therefore not as straightforward as they appear. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident involving Uber, you should consult an experienced attorney to understand your rights. Brauns Law, PC can evaluate your case and help you bring your claim.
Types of Injuries and Losses That May Entitle You to Compensation
When you are in any car accident, the forces involved can cause serious injuries to your body and cause significant damage to your property. It is critical that you keep clear, detailed records of your injuries and losses and that you seek immediate medical attention. Injuries and losses can range from minor inconveniences to significant, life-changing problems. Because cases involving Uber can be complicated, it is especially important that you do not delay in documenting your claim.
Brauns Law, PC can help you request compensation for the following injuries and losses arising from your Uber accident:
Injuries and Medical Issues
- Spinal injury
- Broken bones
- Lingering pain or severe stiffness
- Loss of mobility
- Lost wages due to doctor’s appointments or disability (both permanent and temporary)
- Repair costs for your car or other property
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Transportation expenses due to loss of your vehicle or additional travel required for medical treatment
The lists above are just some examples of the injuries and other losses you may experience. It’s important to note that some of these may not be immediately apparent, but become known over time. As a result, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights both now and in the future.
How a Georgia Uber Accident Attorney Can Help
Navigating the claims process can be a challenge, especially when you are in pain or under financial stress. Brauns Law, PC will work with you every step of the way from your first consultation until we resolve your case as favorably as possible. We know the law, and we know how to protect your rights. Our skilled legal team will help you manage the process and can help you determine who was at fault, whether you have a legal case for damages, and which damages you can recover.
Call a Georgia Uber Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an Uber driver, Brauns Law, PC can help you protect your rights. We have a solid record of helping our clients get favorable settlements and verdicts. If you would like a free consultation, call us at (404) 348-0889 or send us an email via our online contact form.