California Uber Car Accident Lawyer
The experienced California car accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase understand the challenges presented by incidents involving rideshare companies such as Uber. If you have been injured in a car accident involving an Uber vehicle, there are a number of complex legal questions, particularly those involving liability.
Whether you are a passenger in the Uber vehicle or a driver or passenger in a vehicle that was struck by an Uber vehicle, or a bicyclist or pedestrian involved in a collision with an Uber vehicle, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options.
Call us at 800- 561-4887 to find out how we can help you.
How Does Uber Work?
Uber is a ride-sharing service, which allows customers to request a ride from nearby drivers using the company's iPhone or Android app. Within minutes, the vehicle arrives and transports the passenger to the desired location.
Uber bills itself as a "technology platform" that connects smart phone users through its app to drivers in the area. Uber has been growing at a rapid rate and along with other rideshare companies, is really giving local taxi companies a run for their money.
However, an increase in Uber ridership has come with a rise in the number of accidents involving Uber vehicles.
If You are Involved in an Accident
There are several steps you can and should take if you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver or just any driver:
- Contact the police. File a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency and obtain a copy of that report for your own records.
- Get the license plate number and contact information for other drivers or parties involved.
- Talk to any potential witnesses, anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
- Take photographs of the accident scene including the position of the vehicles and any injuries you may have suffered.
- Collect insurance information for all parties involved. If you are an injured Uber passenger, make sure you get all information from your Uber driver including his or her driver's license number, vehicle license plate and insurance information.
- Get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for any injuries you may have sustained.
What's Different about an Uber Car Accident?
Uber's drivers are "independent contractors" and not employees. This often helps them deny responsibility for any injuries sustained in an accident.
If you are a passenger in an Uber car during an accident, remember that you are entitled to obtain compensation for your losses both from the driver's insurance policy and Uber's additional $1 million per ride policy.
It is also important to remember that Uber defines itself as a technology platform, not as a transportation company or taxi service.
This allows the company to point its finger at the driver, making it more challenging for passengers, pedestrians and other drivers to make complaints and claims against Uber.
If you are involved in an Uber crash, there is no customer service phone number to call, just an e-mail address. This makes communication extremely difficult. It is quite easy for victims to get discouraged.
Also, until recently, Uber did not provide coverage for drivers between trips when there is no customer in the car.
But after intense criticism and scrutiny following a tragic pedestrian accident in San Francisco, the company changed its policy allowing some coverage for drivers between trips.
It is important to remember that regardless of how confusing these details may be, you are entitled to compensation if you have been injured by an Uber driver, whether you are a passenger in the Uber, the driver or passenger in another vehicle, or if you are a bicyclist or pedestrian.
You need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side who can fight for your rights and help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses.
Protecting Your Rights
Fighting with insurance companies or large corporations such an Uber can be an uphill task for the average person.
But, for a law firm like Bisnar Chase, it is part of what we do on a daily basis. We stand up against insurance companies and large corporations on behalf of our seriously injured clients and fight hard to secure maximum compensation for their losses.
We have a 96 percent success rate with our cases and also offer a no-win, no-fee guarantee to our clients.
This means you don't pay any fees or costs unless we secure compensation for you. Call us at 800-561-4887 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.