Assisting Those Suffering After A Lawrenceville Uber Accident
Since Uber began in 2009, the company has been giving taxicab companies a run for their money and continues to be their main competitor even today. Uber continues to be a popular ridesharing service that individuals use for motor vehicle transportation to and from social events and professional engagements.
The more widespread and frequent consumer use of Uber is, however, the higher the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents involving Uber drivers. Unfortunately, when it comes to Uber accidents, the amount of case law or statutory law available for reference is lacking. Regulations concerning the nascent rideshare industry continue to develop year by year, however.
Due to the newness of companies like Uber, questions remain as to whether or not an insurance company should be liable in the event of a motor vehicle collision involving a ridesharing vehicle. In some instances, the Uber driver’s insurance policy may come into play; at other times, another motor vehicle operator may be responsible, but Uber may need to provide insurance coverage to compensate an injured victim using Uber at the time of the accident.
If a ridesharing accident involving an Uber vehicle took place in which you or someone you care about sustained injuries, the experienced Lawrenceville car accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm are in a great position to help. Our skilled legal team can investigate the circumstances surrounding your Uber accident, determine which insurance policy or policies come into play, and pursue the fair and just monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries. Please give us a call today to find out more about how we may assist you in pursuing monetary damages on your behalf for your Uber accident case.
How Uber Accidents Happen
Like any type of traffic accident, many factors can lead to a crash involving an Uber vehicle. The Uber driver might make a mistake, or a driver in another vehicle might be negligent and crash into the Uber.
The following negligent or reckless acts cause Uber accidents:
- Fatigued driving – Uber sets limits for drivers that restrict them to a certain number of hours per day. However, nothing stops an Uber driver from working a full day at another job and then firing up the app for a night of driving. Many Uber drivers are overworked and get fatigued very easily while driving.
- Speeding – The faster that Uber drivers pick up passengers and drop them at their desired locations, the more rides they can fit into their driving shift, and the more money they might make. For this reason, Uber drivers might be tempted to speed or engage in other forms of aggressive driving.
- Distracted driving – Uber drivers are connected to their apps on their smartphones to know when they have a fare, as well as to direct them where to go. Drivers are constantly looking at their phones instead of the road, which is highly distracted.
Insurance Coverage in Uber Accident Cases
In motor vehicle accidents involving a ridesharing service vehicle, such as Uber, more than one motor vehicle driver may be at fault. In some instances, it can be a challenge to determine if a single driver is at-fault for the accident or multiple motor vehicle operators.
In the case of Uber drivers, laws require these individuals to maintain a personal motor vehicle insurance policy while operating their Uber vehicles. Uber drivers must also be at least 21 years of age, pass a background check performed by Uber, and own a motor vehicle that meets specific requirements. Moreover, these drivers must receive insurance coverage under an Uber corporate insurance policy, a fact noted on the Uber company‘s website.
Uber does not require drivers to undergo specific training courses or tests administered by Uber, get fingerprinted, undergo any psychological or psychiatric examination, or receive a physical examination before making money as an official Uber driver.
Uber’s insurance coverage comes into play the moment that an Uber driver decides to accept a fare. Moreover, the coverage remains in effect until the last customer of a rideshare trip exits the vehicle. This general Uber insurance coverage also applies to UberBlack, UberSUV, and UberTaxi services.
Georgia also has specific insurance requirements when it comes to ridesharing vehicles like Uber. In Georgia, Uber insurance must cover a driver who has accepted a fare but has not yet picked up that fare. If an Uber driver becomes involved in an accident while en route to pick up an accepted fare, Uber corporate may still be responsible for covering damages causally related to the accident and the accident victim’s injuries.
Due to the unique and developing nature of regulations involving rideshare services like Uber, securing an experienced Uber accident attorney as soon as possible is essential. The Lawrenceville Uber accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm have a great deal of knowledge and experience with rideshare accident cases. Their skill and proactiveness will provide you with an edge in pursuing fair and just compensation for the injuries you sustained in the accident.
Did an Uber Driver Hit Your Vehicle?
Like all other motor vehicle drivers on the road at any given time, individuals who operate Uber vehicles owe a duty of reasonable care to all drivers. Uber drivers are required to abide by all traffic regulations and laws and operate their vehicles in a careful and safe manner when they are on the road. When an Uber driver fails to act reasonably under the circumstances, and their negligence causes them to collide with another motor vehicle, then the Uber driver may be liable for the accident and any personal injuries that resulted.
If an Uber vehicle is the at-fault vehicle in your Uber accident case, you may pursue compensation from several insurance policies. In addition to an Uber driver’s owner auto insurance coverage, for example, the insurance coverage available under an Uber corporate policy may also come into play.
Because it can be challenging to ascertain who exactly was at fault for (or contributed to) a motor vehicle collision occurring within the state, Georgia uses a modified form of comparative fault in motor vehicle accident cases. If an Uber vehicle collides with your vehicle and you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you may recover monetary compensation.
If an accident occurred in which the driver of an Uber vehicle struck your vehicle and several insurance companies and policies are involved, it can be difficult to determine the amounts of available coverage (especially with Georgia’s comparative fault policy). The experienced Lawrenceville Uber accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm have the skills needed to confirm the monetary compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.
Compensable Damages in Lawrenceville Uber Accident Cases
In Uber accident cases, just like in other motor vehicle collision cases, the accident victim is responsible for meeting and satisfying all of the legal elements of the claim. One of those legal elements is damages. You must demonstrate that you sustained one or more injuries in the accident and that these injuries were a direct result of the accident.
If you can satisfy your burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence, then you may be eligible to recover your out-of-pocket costs for medical treatment related to the accident. You may also file a claim for lost wages if you had to miss time from work to attend medical or physical therapy appointments after your accident.
In addition to these economic damages, you may file a claim for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your accident, as well as for mental anguish and emotional distress. If you had to change professions due to the injuries you sustained in your accident or took on a lower-paying job, you may bring a claim for loss of earning capacity. You may also file a claim for permanent damages or loss of use of a body part if the injuries you sustained were severe enough.
In cases where the at-fault driver behaved in a particularly reckless and egregious manner, you may be eligible to file a claim for punitive damages. The primary purpose of a punitive damage award is to punish the wrongdoer and to dissuade other individuals from making similar mistakes.
The knowledgeable team of experienced Lawrenceville Uber accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm is ready to help you take the necessary legal actions to pursue monetary compensation in your Uber accident case.
What Happens After an Uber Accident?
If you or someone you care about received injuries in an accident involving an Uber driver, there are specific steps that you should always take to preserve your claim. First and foremost, make sure that you call 911 right after the accident and speak with the police who come to the scene.
A police officer will complete a police report concerning the accident, in which the officer will establish whether one party violated a traffic or criminal law.
What do I need to record form the scene of the Uber Accident?
Always make a point to obtain the contact information of the other motor vehicle operators involved in the accident, as well as the contact information of any eyewitnesses. Additionally, write down anything that you have observed concerning the condition of your Uber driver.
For example, if the driver was slurring words, stumbling, or gave any other indication that they may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, make a note of that and inform the responding police officer of your observations as well so that they can include this information in the police report.
Should I see a doctor after my Lawrenceville Uber Accident?
Even if you do not believe your injuries to be that serious, allow the ambulance to transport you to a local hospital or urgent care facility so that a healthcare provider can examine you and make a diagnosis. Once the provider has determined the nature and extent of your injuries, they can prescribe medication and make recommendations about follow-up treatment.
Follow-up treatment is especially important if you sustained severe physical trauma, such as a bone fracture or traumatic head injury. If you fail to seek medical attention for your injuries directly after the accident, the at-fault insurance company may call into question the severity of your injuries or if your injuries even exist.
Will Uber contact me after the accident?
A representative from Uber corporate may contact you in the days following the accident. In their communication, the representative may request that you provide a recorded statement about how you believe the accident happened and the injuries you sustained. Never agree to this request until you consult with a Lawrenceville Uber accident lawyer.
Despite what the insurance company adjuster may tell you, no law requires a recorded statement from you. The insurance company is requesting you to go on the record for the opportunity to find a way to use your own words to invalidate your Uber accident case. Only provide a recorded statement regarding the accident to the at-fault party’s insurance company if you have an experienced Lawrenceville Uber accident lawyer present on the phone or in-person with you at the time.
Talk to a Lawrenceville Uber Accident Lawyer About Your Case Today
If a motor vehicle collision involving an Uber ridesharing vehicle took place that resulted in you or a loved one sustaining an injury, the legal team at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm is ready to assist you with your case. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer, please give us a call at (678)-647-1314 or contact us online for more information.
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