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Understanding Uber Accidents: Your Guide to Claims and Settlements

Brubaker Injury Law

August 27, 2023

In the bustling world of rideshare services, Uber has become a ubiquitous mode of transportation. However, not every Uber trip ends with passengers safely reaching their destination. Accidents involving Uber drivers can lead to injuries, fatalities, and complex legal scenarios. As a passenger or someone affected by an Uber accident, it’s crucial to understand the ins and outs of Uber accident claims. Let’s dive into the details:

Can You Sue Uber After a Car Accident?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the cause of the crash and the Uber driver’s status at the time of the incident. Here’s a general breakdown:

Off the Clock Uber Driver:

  • If you’re involved in a crash with an Uber driver who is off the clock (Driver app is off or the driver is offline), Uber bears no responsibility for the accident. You cannot pursue a claim against Uber in such cases.

Driver Available but Not En Route:

  • If an Uber driver is available and awaiting a ride request (not en route to pick up a passenger), Uber provides limited coverage on the driver’s behalf.
  • This generally includes $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in bodily injury liability, along with $25,000 in property damage coverage.

En Route to Pick Up or Transporting a Passenger:

  • When an Uber driver is en route to pick up a passenger or actively transporting one, Uber maintains up to $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage.
  • Additionally, uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage is in effect.

Determining Fault:

  • To recover bodily injury compensation from Uber, you must demonstrate that the Uber driver was at fault for the collision.
  • If the Uber driver was not responsible, you’ll typically need to pursue a claim against the driver who caused the crash before you can pursue uninsured (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage from Uber.

Steps to Take After an Uber Accident:

Safety First:

  • Ensure everyone involved is safe.
  • Contact the police and paramedics if necessary.

Report the Accident to Uber:

  • Use the appropriate claims form within the Uber app.
  • Provide all relevant information.

Seek Medical Attention:

  • Even if injuries seem minor, see a doctor promptly.
  • Some injuries may not immediately manifest.

Consult an Attorney:

  • Reach out to an experienced car accident attorney.
  • They can guide you through the legal process and protect your rights.

Know Your Rights:

  • Understand Florida laws related to rideshare accidents.
  • Don’t settle for less than what your claim is worth.

Remember, navigating Uber accident claims requires knowledge and legal expertise. If you’ve been involved in an Uber accident, consult with an attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

This article provides essential information about Uber accidents, including legal considerations and steps to take after an accident. If you need further assistance or have specific questions, feel free to reach out to our team at Brubaker Injury LawWe’re here to help!

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