Combined, Uber and Lyft are responsible for about 14% of vehicle miles traveled in the US each year. Uber now employs nearly four million drivers in 600 cities worldwide, too. As more people begin to rely on Uber for travel, the number of Uber accident injuries will continue to rise.
Were you recently in an Uber car accident? Don’t hesitate to hire an Uber car accident lawyer right away. They can help you fight for compensation to cover your injuries and other expenses.
If you’re on the fence about filing an Uber accident settlement, read on to discover why hiring a lawyer is essential today!
Do You Need an Uber Accident Lawyer?
In short, yes—you do need an Uber accident lawyer immediately after a rideshare incident. If you’re still on the fence, schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney. They can help by reviewing the details of your case.
Since a consultation is free, you have nothing to lose by discussing your rights with a lawyer after an accident. They can help you make an informed decision.
Uber accidents are complex legal matters. For starters, these accidents involve multiple parties (Uber as a company, the Uber driver, other drivers involved, you). Though you weren’t at fault as a passenger, you might struggle to fight for compensation in these instances.
A knowledgeable, experienced Uber car accident lawyer can help you review your legal rights and options. Without a lawyer, however, you might leave money on the table.
The situation can get complicated after an Uber car accident. For starters, you’ll need to navigate the company’s insurance policy. You could struggle to negotiate with Uber’s legal team, too.
Meanwhile, you’ll also have to consider your medical bills and lost wages as you recover from your injuries. You shouldn’t have to deal with an Uber accident lawsuit while you’re healing. Instead, rely on your Uber car accident attorney.
They’ll ensure you don’t have to navigate the situation alone. While they handle your claim, you can focus on recovering and avoiding unnecessary stress.
Before handling an Uber accident lawsuit, make sure to find an experienced attorney. Look for a personal injury attorney with years of experience navigating Uber accident cases. They’ll have an easier time understanding the rideshare company’s laws and procedures.
They’ll also have intimate knowledge of how to negotiate with the company’s insurance company.
Here are a few ways an experienced Uber car accident lawyer can help you moving forward.
The Insurance Process
Your Uber accident lawyer can help you understand the state requirements for Uber insurance coverage. For example, when a driver is online but doesn’t have a passenger, they must be covered by a $50,000 bodily injury liability policy. The policy increases to $100,000 for multiple injured parties.
When a driver does have a rideshare passenger in the vehicle, they must be covered by at least a $1 million bodily injury liability policy.
However, the coverage is usually provided personally, by the driver. If the driver is un- or underinsured, Uber will carry the policy instead.
After an Uber car accident, you’ll need to determine who has what type of insurance coverage. Then, you’ll need to determine who to involve in the claim.
If the accident involved multiple parties, you might have to file multiple insurance claims with different policies.
To avoid navigating this process alone, make sure to hire an Uber car accident lawyer. They can help file the necessary claims with all parties involved.
Filing a Claim
You likely won’t receive the full amount of compensation you deserve if you file a claim through Uber or the driver’s insurance company. The insurance company will want to settle for as little as possible. Make sure to hire an Uber car accident lawyer before you file a claim.
They’ll help you fight for the full amount of compensation you’re due.
Your lawyer can gather the evidence needed to prove who was at fault for the accident. Then, you can prove the accident caused you bodily injury. Your lawyer can also prove how your injuries impacted your quality of life.
In order to prove the driver was negligent, you’ll need to show:
- Your injuries were caused by the accident
- The driver had a duty of care toward you
- They breached their duty
- You were injured due to that breach
If you’re struggling to prove these elements on your own, hire a lawyer right away.
About three million people are injured in car accidents across the US each year. As a result, about two million people develop lasting injuries. In fact, about 27% of all crashes result in non-fatal injuries, while 6% lead to fatalities.
Without a lawyer present, you might unintentionally leave money on the table when fighting for your Uber accident settlement. Make sure to consider:
- All medical expenses (including treatments, medications, physical therapy, and transportation)
- Future medical treatments and expenses
- Lost income due to your injuries
- Pain and suffering (including loss of enjoyment of life)
You could struggle to provide intangible losses like pain and suffering alone. Make sure to hire an experienced Uber accident attorney. You can leverage their prior experience with similar cases to prove your losses.
With their help, you can fight for the full amount of compensation you’re rightfully due.
To Protect Your Interests
Uber and its insurance company won’t have your best interests in mind after you’re in an accident. They’re more interested in minimizing costs and quickly closing your claim.
In some cases, the insurance adjusters will ask seemingly harmless questions to urge you to say something that can impact your claim. Don’t speak with the adjusters alone.
Your lawyer will have your best interests in mind every step of the way. They’ll help by handling all communications with the adjusters for you. They’ll also know how to negotiate to ensure you receive as much as possible for your claim.
Hire a Lawyer After Sustaining an Uber Accident Injury Today
Don’t make the mistake of filing an Uber accident claim alone. Instead, call an experienced Uber car accident attorney as soon as possible. With their help, you can maximize your claim to cover your losses.
Having an experienced lawyer at your side could make all the difference.
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