“Ubering” from place to place is now as common as hailing a cab, but with Uber rides, you are at the same risks you’d be in a taxi or in your own personal vehicle. Accidents involving Uber vehicles are just as apt to occur as traditional motor vehicle accidents, and with the growing prevalence of ridesharing services, more and more people are finding themselves injured while riding in an Uber or finding that the vehicle involved in their accidents are Uber vehicles. If you have been in an Uber accident, our Bensalem Uber accident attorney can help you weigh your legal options.
As convenient as Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies are for getting you from Point A to Point B, there are some special considerations for riders in these non-conventional arrangements. If you’re a passenger, and there’s an accident, who pays the bills? Does the ridesharing company cover the injuries sustained? What if you’re in the non-Uber vehicle? Or a pedestrian? A seasoned attorney can help you work out the details and identify the potential litigants in any personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Uber Accident Issues
Uber accident claims can be quite complicated, even for minor accidents. When serious injuries are involved, things can become even more complex, since Uber and its insurer are less willing to yield and more apt to fight the claim tooth and nail.
When you hail a cab or hop on a bus, those vehicles have specific, dedicated insurance that protects riders, drivers and others on the road should an accident occur. Not so with Uber and other ridesharing companies. The driver of an Uber vehicle is technically required by the company to have insurance, but that doesn’t mean that it will cover you, since most insurers don’t allow personal insurance policies to cover commercial activities. Uber does provide a general liability policy, but it is only effective if certain conditions are met. Mainly, the driver must be logged into the company’s app for the insurance to be in force, and liability limits are based on whether or not a rider has been scheduled for pick-up. In the event you arrange an Uber ride off the app, you may find it difficult to even file a claim with Uber’s insurer or the driver’s insurer, and going after an Uber driver personally may prove a futile effort.
For these reasons, an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of liability and who is able to present your Uber accident claim for its true merits is an asset to you during this difficult time. Your attorney can seek out damages to make you whole again, including:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
In some cases, your claim may be against multiple defendants.
Consulting with an Uber Accident Attorney
In Pennsylvania, there is a limited two-year period in which accident victims may present their claims of personal injury. Don’t delay in discussing your case with our Bensalem Uber accident attorney right away following your accident to assess your case’s particular facts and determine the best and most expedient way forward.