Uber is today’s technological answer to yesterday’s taxicab service. Empowering thousands across the United States to use their personal vehicles to earn a living, the San Francisco-based mobile ridesharing app has become the largest taxicab company world – but doesn’t own one vehicle. Because anyone who passes their prescreening process can drive and earn, it goes without saying that accidents are common.
Compass Law Group, PC was an early adopter of technological advancements that affected accident victims. Since a mobile application essentially pays, navigates, and terminates drivers, it was initially thought victims who hired a Santa Clarita Uber accident attorney would have difficulty litigating claims. Treated similarly to car accidents, negligent Uber drivers could end their careers through negligence.
Opening an app to order an independently owned taxicab does have an interesting ring to it. Millions do it weekly, most having an uneventful ride. There are many unfortunate passengers that do find themselves injured along with other innocent drivers because not everyone follows basic rules. Inattentive driving costs many serious physical complications, even death, which costs everyone something.
Once you’ve been involved in an accident while riding in an Uber, the process is much like being involved in an accident with regular cars. You’ll still want to make sure drivers are okay, other passengers are alert and able to talk, and you’ll most definitely want to call 911. Police will canvass the scene, looking for witnesses and taking victim statements.
Once you’ve hired a Uber accident attorney, the insurer we go after is the liability coverage offered by Uber. When the application is running, Uber covers up to $1 million in bodily damage or total accident costs. This coverage supersedes the driver’s personal insurance policy, although claims against the personal insurer are still possible if the accident exceeds the $1 million thresholds.
Compass Law Group, PC realizes that no car accidents are fun. People will be out of work for weeks or months, healthcare costs will sink personal finances, and someone needs to be held responsible for what could’ve been avoided. As the passenger of an Uber vehicle or the driver of the vehicle that an Uber hit, our law office has you covered.
It’s the responsibility of all licensed drivers in California to operate motor vehicles properly. This means drivers should be coherent, not intoxicated and be free of any distractions. Our drivers are held to the same standard of law but are held at a greater deal of responsibility should they cause personal injury. Personal vehicles used to shuttle passengers, regardless it through a mobile app, are considered commercial vehicles “for hire” under California law.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident as an Uber passenger, or the driver or passenger of the vehicle a ridesharing driver hit, contact our office immediately for a no-cost case evaluation. The Santa Clarita Uber accident attorney assigned to your case has significant experience dealing with ridesharing accidents.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.