Can You Sue Uber for Getting in an Accident?
You can sue an Uber driver or even Uber itself under certain circumstances for any pain, harm, or loss that came from the accident.
- You Can Sue Uber and the Uber Driver After an Uber Accident
- When Should You Sue Uber or the Driver?
- How You Prove Your Uber Case
- Compensation Possible From the Other Driver or UBER
- Check Your Own Personal Auto Insurance Policy
- How a Lawyer Can Help After an Uber Accident
- Talk With Our Uber Accident Lawyers Today
- Further Reading and Resources
You Can Sue Uber and the Uber Driver After an Uber Accident
Of course, you can sue an Uber driver, or the other driver's personal auto insurance company, and Uber itself after an Uber accident.
You may want to do this to recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, including future medical care, property damage, and other harm that the car accident and the Uber driver's negligence caused.
However, you must understand the limits of your ability to sue the at fault driver, Uber or Lyft driver or even the Uber passenger.
Both of these two large companies have tremendous resources at your disposal which they will use to shut down your Uber car accident case. Yet, remember that it is still possible and often successful under certain circumstances.
The first scenario is if you want to sue an Uber driver personally. In that case, the driver must have acted negligently and caused the wreck.
Common examples of negligent behavior warranting responsibility include speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, intoxicated driving, etc.
An Uber accident lawyer can help show how the Uber driver or individual driver was at fault to obtain liability coverage, liability insurance, or something else. This is normally done in an Uber accident case with a personal injury attorney.
If you want to sue Uber, you need to show how they negligently hired, screened, or supervised the Uber driver (or Uber drivers) and how that caused the Uber accident.
To sue Uber after an Uber car accident or even its insurance company for insurance coverage, you need to conduct substantial investigation and analysis.
This can take enormous resources and time especially if you are dealing with Uber's insurance company. Of course, an experienced attorney from a reputable law firm can help if you end up suing Uber, another ride hailing service, or their insurance provider after the accident occurred.
Set up a free case evaluation to see what you could obtain today. In that free consultation, you can talk to a personal injury lawyer from our law firm about a personal injury claim. This could help you get money for the physical pain, property damage, and other harm from the crash.
When Should You Sue Uber or the Driver?
As we discussed in the above section, because Uber has so many resources to its advantage, you should pick your battles carefully. Want to sue Uber after a car accident because the Uber driver or an Uber passenger harmed you?
Then, pick when their conduct was clearly unreasonable, such as events like these:
- The Uber driver did not have a good driving record prior to being hired.
- The driver had already been involved in another Uber accident prior to your car accident.
- Uber did not monitor complaints about the Uber vehicle you were in.
If your Uber ride led to a car crash and you were injured in an accident, find out if Uber's insurance covers your losses or whatever passenger riding services you took. Many uber accidents happen right after the ride request and cause lots of harm.
In a free consultation, we can review your own insurance, Uber's insurance policy, or that of the Uber car driver. Of course, like any commercial operation, they will deny liability.
However, the experienced attorneys from our law firm can see how the accident happened. Then, we can estimate how the Uber company, any Uber passengers, or the driver were responsible for the car crash. This will help you recover from the San Francisco-based company or any other vehicle involved once you are injured in an accident.
How You Prove Your Uber Case
If you are injured in a head on collision or other type of car crash with an Uber vehicle, you need to make your case in a certain way to win. Otherwise, you could let this large company off the hook and forego any hope of relief and financial compensation.
First, you need to make the essential elements of your case. This typically involves an assertion and supporting documents that Uber and/or the driver 1) breached a 2) duty owed to you and 3) caused your 4) economic and/or non-economic damages.
Second, you need to predict and defeat any affirmative defenses Uber may assert. Generally, Uber will attempt to say you weren't damaged to the extent you claim or that someone else damaged you.
Third, you need to offer proof of your damages. This can include medical bills, employment and wage verification, property repair or receipts, witness statements, and more.
If you were in an accident involving an Uber vehicle and wonder if Uber insurance coverage or your own personal car insurance policy applies, contact us for a free consultation.
Our law group can explain the personal injury or wrongful death statutes that apply and much more.
Compensation Possible From the Other Driver or UBER
The range and kind of relief possible for you depends entirely on how you were harmed in the events.
This is normally what plaintiffs seek recovery for in a case like this:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Damaged or destroyed property
- Pain, suffering, disability
- Reduced quality of life
- Lost self-esteem
- Wrongful death damages (I.E. funeral expenses, lost companionship, lost support, etc.)
Talk with a member of our team to see what you could expect to receive if you sue Uber or if you sue an Uber driver.
Check Your Own Personal Auto Insurance Policy
Many people are surprised to learn after a crash that their own insurance coverage might apply. This can help them cover the costs of the incident if the driver or passenger-hailing service goes bankrupt or refuses to pay at all.
Talk to our law offices to see if your insurance policy will apply after a crash and how much it might help pay down the costs of the events.
How a Lawyer Can Help After an Uber Accident
A lawyer can help in many ways after an Uber Accident. The overall purpose of a lawyer's assistance in the time right after a car crash will be to preserve evidence and get the facts.
Here are just a few of the things we do to help our clients maximize their recovery and minimize the risk of loss in court:
- Investigate the scene of the collision.
- Interview all witnesses.
- Determine how the driver decided, intentionally or not, to cause the accident.
- Organize all medical and other relevant files.
- Handle all communications with the responsible party, Uber, their insurance companies, or other agents.
- Draft a complaint in law in the proper courthouse seeking all forms of relief and compensation available under Illinois law.
To craft a full legal plan of attack for your case or arbitration, speak with our legal team. We can work closely together to understand what happened and how you should move forward.
Talk With Our Uber Accident Lawyers Today
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has assisted many victims and their families that have suffered because of Uber and its drivers. You don't have to face them alone.
Our attorneys have years of experience defending the rights of injured car accident passengers. Talk to us in a no-obligation consultation to see what your rights are and what you may be entitled to recover.
Our services are free if we don't win. Find out what that could be by giving us a call at (888) 424-5757.
Further Reading and Resources
- NOLO - I Was Hit By an Uber or Lyft Driver—What Now?
- USDOT - Uber