If you are out and about on a busy night, or trying to get to work on time, then Uber can be very helpful. Its convenience and price make it attractive to users all over the country. Uber lets us explore cities like nothing else. However, a lot of accidents happen in all that driving. Riders experience all kinds of injuries unfortunately. It is not limited to any place or demographic.
Our team of Chicago rideshare accident lawyers can assist you if you are harmed in any way on an Uber ride. Our attorneys are skilled in prosecuting claims against corporations as big Uber. We know what you need to do from the get-go to obtain the compensation you deserve. This recovery will help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and the pain that may come with an Uber accident. Call us today for a free consultation.
Roadway Accidents & Dangers Facing Uber Passengers
Like any other driver, Uber drivers face the same risks of being out on the road. They run into bad weather; they encounter terrible road conditions; they interact with absent-minded pedestrians. The problem is that for them, they are also operating a business. They have the added pressure and privilege of carrying passengers and making money for that mission. Unfortunately, we can see lots of the same accidents as traditional car crashes when this happens. Here are some to consider.
If any of these occur, passengers can break bones, miss work, and lose valuable, personal items. These injuries wreak havoc on the lives of victims. Some common injuries may include herniated discs, fractured bones, tissue damage, facial problems, scarring, etc. They are left to wonder how they can pick up the pieces and move on. We consider that subject next.
Relief Available to Injured Uber Passengers Under Illinois Law
If you get into an accident while riding an Uber, you might be able to seek compensation in Illinois courts. The issue is whether your Uber driver, the Uber corporation itself, or the other drivers involved acted unreasonably. The law terms unreasonable that causes damages as negligence. It is determined by the facts and circumstances of the incident itself. Here are some examples of negligent conduct.
- The Uber driver was speeding.
- The other driver was driving while intoxicated.
- Uber did not conduct a proper background check on one of its drivers.
If you are victim of negligent conduct such as this, you are entitled to damages in an Illinois court. You can seek recovery for all of the economic and non-economic damages that resulted from the incident. This might include ambulance costs, medical bills, prescription expenses, lost wages, long-term pain, disability, disfigurement, and lost or damaged property. To identify all the compensation you may be entitled to after an Uber accident, speak with one of our qualified attorneys.
Lawsuits & Claims Brought Against Uber Related to Personal Injuries
FAMILY SUES UBER AFTER 8-CAR CRASH OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO.
This lawsuit was filed in November 2018. The plaintiffs sued in Cook County, Illinois. They targeted Uber and a delivery company. The incident occurred on an exit off of I-90. A mother and her daughter hailed a car via Uber. As it went to their destination, a trucker rear-ended them. They sustained multiple personal injuries. Both needed to be transported to local hospitals. However, doctors deemed their injuries as non-critical. Nevertheless, they have brought suit against Uber and the delivery company. The family claims that both acted negligently and are responsible for the injuries of the mother and child.
Specifically, the plaintiffs cite the defendants with a failure to control their speeds, keep a proper lookout, and avoid the incident. For damages, they claim compensation for their medical, legal, and other losses.
CHICAGO FIRM BRINGS SUIT AGAINST UBER AFTER THE DEATH OF THEIR SON.
In June of 2018, an Uber driver shot Hyum Kim. Kim died from his injuries. His family argued that this was the last thing he could have expected as he hopped into the vehicle. He merely wanted to reach his destination using the ride-hailing mobile app. Uber has policies against the carrying and use of firearms by its drivers. However, the family maintains that the company did not enforce those policies. They claim it was grossly negligent. If they are successful in this argument, they will be able to sue the company for the intentional acts of the driver. This means the plaintiffs will be able to get wrongful death damages including lost support and companionship, suffering, and expenses among other things.
SEVEN PLAINTIFFS JOIN CLASS-ACTION SUIT AGAINST UBER.
Reports emerge from a recent filing of more abuse, harassment, and kidnapping by Uber drivers. Seven women joined an ongoing class-action lawsuit against the company. They each claim various physical, emotional, and emotional harms. These stem from the conduct of the drivers. The suit targets the company itself because, in the plaintiffs’ view, it failed to maintain a system to protect riders. They either knew of the danger certain drivers posed or recklessly ignored it. Lawyers maintain the goal of this case is to get justice for those men and women harassed and assaulted. Also, they want to stop Uber from forcing victims to arbitrate the matter rather than going through the court system.
LOGAN SQUARE WOMAN SUES AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT.
This sexual assault case was recently filed in Cook County, Illinois. It kicked off after a woman requested an Uber from the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. She wanted to go home to her apartment in Logan Square. Unfortunately, things did not go as she planned. The driver groped her, demanded her phone number, and then would not let her leave until she consented to other demands. The woman complained of anguish, pain, and other physical and mental injuries. Her Chicago lawsuit contends that both the driver and the company are responsible. She seeks compensation from both parties. Also, she states that her effort hopefully will prevent similar abuse to other Uber riders.
PARENTS SUE UBER AFTER FATAL SPRINGFIELD MOTORCYCLE CRASH.
This recent lawsuit was filed in Sangamon County, Illinois. It began after an Uber driver crashed into a motorcycle. Both the driver and passenger of the bike died. The parents for the passenger sued Uber and the motorcyclist. The complaint suggested the motorcyclist was speeding. Also, it complained that the Uber driver was distracted by Uber’s mobile app on his phone. In this way, they were able to target the company itself. The case is for wrongful death. That means the plaintiffs believe the defendants wrongfully caused the death of their loved one. Further, they think the defendants should pay for the costs, expenses, suffering, and pain that came from that death. In total, they ask for more than $50,000 for these damages.
Settlements & Awards in Uber Accident Injury Cases
The truth is that there is very little information about personal injury and wrongful death settlements involving Uber vehicles. The company does a good job resolving cases relatively quickly and privately. Consequently, most of the details involved in these cases will never be made public. Nonetheless, when information on these cases becomes available, we will report back.
FAMILY SUES AFTER TRAGIC DEATH IN CROSSWALK.
This settlement arose after a heartbreaking accident in 2013. An Uber driver ran over a little girl in a crosswalk. The accident took place in San Francisco, California. The young girl’s brother was struck in the same incident. He did not die from his injuries. The family brought suit. They sought wrongful death damages. The driver was using the Uber app at the time of the crash. Presumably, he could have been engaging the device and not paying attention to the road. Whatever the case, both sides reached a confidential agreement to end the litigation in 2015. The family received an undisclosed settlement.
SETTLEMENT FOR FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING SELF-DRIVING CAR.
In early 2018, a young woman was hit by a self-driving Uber car. There was a human backup driver, but no person was controlling it at the time of the crash. The incident occurred as the woman walked her bike across the street. Without warning, the car came in and hit here. The incident generated a lot of attention across the country. This publicity and the obvious culpability put the onus on the company to settle. Not long after, it did reach an agreement with the deceased woman’s family. They received a private settlement for their losses and the woman’s pain.
MAN RECEIVES $260,000 SETTLEMENT IN FLORIDA UBER CRASH.
This accident occurred in Miami, Florida. It involved an Uber driver and another car. The latter made a left-hand turn and T-boned the Uber vehicle. The driver sustained a broken vertebra at the T3 point. He did not end up having surgery. However, he did suffer from a lot of pain and aggravation due to the incident. Also, he piled up almost $100,000 in medical bills. Attorneys for the victim sued the other driver. They successfully pursued an insurance settlement. That got him money for his costs as well as his pain.
$1.9 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR UBER SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS.
Dozens of sexual assault victims brought suit against Uber a few ago. In 2018, Uber decided to settle. Each of them were to set to receive tens of thousands of dollars. The allegations described a hostile and unsafe environment which the company controlled. This space allowed the assaults to occur the plaintiffs contended. Going forward, the ride-sharing app will not force victims into arbitration or NDA agreements. This will allow people to bring claims in the open light of day instead of within secretive proceedings.
Injured or Sexually Abused by an Uber Driver? Contact Our Office for a Free Case Review
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has assembled a qualified and committed group of lawyers. We each have years of experience fighting for and winning on behalf of accident victims across Illinois. Call us today to see how we can help you if you are involved in an Uber accident. You might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. You need to act promptly though because Illinois does not let you wait forever. Contact our team today to get a free consultation and case evaluation. Tell us what happened. Hear how we can help.