Tarzana Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber’s popularity is no surprise in areas like Tarzana where extensive, efficient public transportation doesn’t exist and provides convenient, economic tailored transport with the push of a button through an app. When Uber accidents happen, though, the number of parties involved, and the question of a driver’s status can be understandably confusing. The experienced Tarzana Uber accident lawyers at Walch Law know this and offer a no obligation, free initial consultation to talk about how to get you the money you deserve, explain the process of a lawsuit, and answer your questions. Call Robert and Gary Walch todayUber Accidents and Tarzana
Uber reports more than 15 million passengers use their rideshare service daily. So, in large, densely populated areas like Tarzana near large, congested freeways like the 101, it’s no surprise they are prevalent and that their presence increases the likelihood of accidents in the area. Uber reported 58 fatal crashes related to Uber trips recently but failed to disclose how many accidents and injuries took place. Major highways and busy roads like Vanalden Avenue ample opportunity for serious injuries and fatalities from Uber-involved collisions. Recently, an Uber passenger who exited their vehicle was struck and killed by a CHP vehicle responding to an emergency call, prompting closure of the 101 freeway.If I Was Hurt, Who Pays?
In a perfect world, Uber’s insurance company will pay because they insure their drivers on the job and require that drivers also carry their own car insurance. However, sometimes the insurer may argue they’re not liable for your injuries and try to deny your claim. Depending on the driver’s status, who’s responsible for paying can vary.
- Off-Duty Drivers - If the driver isn’t logged into their Uber app and is not available for hire, Uber’s company insurance doesn’t apply. The driver’s personal auto insurance policy must cover any liability the driver incurred due to their negligent, injury-causing actions behind the wheel.
- Available but Unhired - If the driver is logged into their Uber app and can be hired by a customer, the company’s auto insurance policy will cover up to $50,000 bodily injury coverage per person, up to $100,000 in liability for total injuries per crash the driver causes, and $25,000 in property damage the driver caused. The Uber driver’s injuries and damage to their vehicle, however, aren’t covered.
- Driver is en Route to Pick Up Passenger - Once an Uber driver is hired and is en route to the passenger for pickup, Uber’s liability insurance coverage goes up to $1 million.
- Passenger Picked Up and Driver is en Route to Destination - Once the driver picks up the passenger and is en route to their destination, Uber’s elevated insurance policy applies. That policy covers $1 million in liability and $1 million worth of bodily injuries. Uber’s insurer must also cover driver vehicle damage, but only if the driver also has their own personal collision or comprehensive insurance coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is also provided while the
Typically, you shouldn’t need to - insurance companies, whether it’s Uber’s insurer or the driver’s personal insurer, usually settle claims in a way that compensates victims for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. If for some reason the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement, you can hire a Tarzana Uber accident lawyer to file a lawsuit seeking damages for your injuries suffered as a passenger.What to Do after an Uber Accident
After an accident occurs involving an Uber, there are a few important steps you need to take to gather valuable evidence, treat your injuries, and collect information that will help you in the future.
- Call 911 right away if anyone is injured or property is damaged
- Notify law enforcement and cooperate to help officers complete an accident report
- Notify your insurance company to begin the claims process, but avoid giving a recorded statement if possible
- Seek immediate medical treatment whether or not you believe you were hurt
- Gather important evidence including the police report, photographs of the scene, the vehicles, and your injuries, names and information of everyone involved in the accident as well as any eyewitnesses and the responding officers
- Get the license and personal auto insurance information of the Uber driver
- Contact a Tarzana Uber accident lawyer to learn the process of personal injury lawsuits and how to protect yourself
If you or a loved one have been hurt in an Uber accident, we understand your life has been turned upside down and there is often a lot of anxiety surrounding medical expenses, inability to work, and an uncertain financial future. Tarzana personal injury lawyers Robert and Gary Walch will work hard from the moment they are hired to get you the most money as quickly as possible for your injuries. Our team makes sure no avoidable delays occur in your case on our end, and to avoid unnecessary stress on your part we will always communicate promptly and update you on the status of your case. Contact us today to understand why our team is the right choice for you.