According to Uber’s own U.S. Safety Report released in 2019, there were 97 fatal Uber crashes in 2017 and 2018 combined. Unfortunately, for reasons that Uber declined to explain, the Safety Report did not address accidents that resulted in injuries to passengers. Since ridesharing is still relatively new, up-to-date, comprehensive statistics regarding Uber car accidents are not readily available.
Statistics on how many people actually use Uber and Lyft are easier to pin down. A 2020 Statista survey found that in the prior 30 days, 17 percent of adults used Lyft, and 29 percent used Uber (at least once during that time period). If you have been involved in an Uber accident that left you injured, it could be extremely beneficial to speak to an Uber car accident attorney from Martinson & Beason.
As with any car accident, what you do immediately following the accident can make a difference in whether you receive a settlement for your injuries. First, always get to a safe place. Since many accidents occur on busy roads or intersections, the first concern is to move to a safe location. Call 911 for police and EMT services. If you suffered injury as a result of the Uber accident, seek medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it is always in your best interests to be checked out medically.
If you are physically able, collect any available evidence. Take photos of the scene of the accident, including damage to both vehicles. When you get home, take the time to jot down everything you can remember about the accident. The smallest detail could make a big difference down the line. Contact an experienced Uber car accident attorney from Martinson & Beason to ensure your rights and your future are properly protected.
When an Uber driver is at fault in a wreck, their own personal liability insurance coverage is responsible to cover any injuries and damages. However, if the Uber driver’s personal liability coverage does not apply due to a possible exclusion in the policy, then Uber’s third-party liability insurance will apply. If the Uber driver is waiting on a ride or is en route to pick up riders, the following coverage are available:
There are essentially three basic types of Uber accidents.
1. The first is when an individual is injured by someone driving for Uber when the Uber driver is at fault.
2. The second is when a passenger in an Uber vehicle is injured when the Uber driver is at fault.
3. The third type of Uber accident is when the Uber vehicle is hit by another driver, and the accident is the other driver’s fault. If the Uber driver and passengers are injured, they will file against the at-fault driver’s insurance.
In theory, you should be able to claim compensation for all medical expenses (current and future), lost wages (current and future), and pain and suffering. In reality, it is rarely easy to collect from Uber following a car accident. It will fall on your shoulders to collect and present evidence pertaining to the collision in such a way that Uber is persuaded to pay you an appropriate amount to compensate you for your losses.
If you were severely injured during the accident, it can be extremely difficult to deal with Uber and its insurance company unless you have a highly skilled Uber car accident attorney by your side. Keep in mind that Alabama is a contributory negligence state, meaning if the driver or riders were even one percent responsible for the accident, they could be barred from recovering anything for their injuries and other damages.
Although it’s hard to imagine how passengers in an Uber could have been at all responsible for the accident, the driver could possibly say the passengers were being unruly, taking his or her attention away from the road. You definitely do not want to attempt to take on Uber on your own. Having a compassionate, knowledgeable Martinson & Beason attorney help you through this difficult time can make all the difference.
Statutes of limitations govern the amount of time you have in which to file an accident claim. These statutes vary from state to state. In the state of Alabama, you have a two-year window of time to file a car accident lawsuit. While two years may sound like a long time, your attorney will need time to build your claim, ensure evidence is preserved, and talk to any potential witnesses. The sooner you hire an experienced Uber car accident attorney, the better able we are to help you.
Unfortunately, Uber’s insurance company could offer a minimal settlement amount, or deny your claim altogether If you are involved in an Uber accident, never give a statement, sign anything, or accept a settlement offer from Uber’s insurance company without first speaking with an Uber car accident attorney.
At Martinson & Beason, P.C., we understand that the impact of your Uber car accident can reach far beyond your current physical pain.
You may also face emotional distress and an adverse financial impact. At Martinson & Beason we believe you deserve fair compensation for your injuries and that your physical and emotional pain should not be compounded by financial hardship resulting from lost wages, medical expenses, and repair costs for your vehicle.
We do not believe you should suffer alone; we will address any questions or concerns you may have, putting your worries at ease. We want you to be able to heal from your injuries without having to deal with Uber’s insurance company. Contact Martinson & Beason, P.C., today for a free, comprehensive consultation.
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