Millions of Americans use Uber to get around because they are much more convenient and cheaper than conventional taxicabs. But, matters can get really complicated when there is an injury accident involving an Uber vehicles – whether you are passenger riding in the vehicle or are a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist on the roadway who was hit and injured by an Uber vehicle. The laws relating to rideshare accidents are constantly evolving. As a result, these cases can get extremely complicated. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident, you may be wondering how to seek compensation for your tremendous losses. One of the first steps to take after such a traumatic incident would be to reach out to an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
Why You Need an Uber Accident Lawyer
There are many reasons why you need an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer on your side if you've been injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle:
The laws are complex.
A California law, which went into effect in July 2015, requires Uber drivers to carry more insurance coverage when they are logged into the app and seek to accept a ride from a passenger. They are required to have even higher coverage during the time period they accept a trip and are in the process of transporting passengers. However, there are still gaps and loopholes in the law. For example, the law is not clear on how coverage works when an Uber driver is called by someone who doesn't use the app. Once an Uber driver has been paired with a passenger and he or she has entered the vehicle, the rideshare company is required to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy under California law. This policy covers the Uber driver and his or her passengers from the time a passenger enters the car to the time they leave the vehicle. Uber also provides drivers with $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage. In addition, the company provides comprehensive and collision coverage with a $1,000 deductible as long as the driver has collision coverage on his or her personal auto insurance policy. Because the laws are so complicated when it comes to rideshare apps, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases and has helped injured victims secure maximum compensation for their losses.
Your attorney can help handle the insurance company.
When it comes to auto accident claims, insurance companies tend to provide lowball offers that might not even adequately cover your losses. It is in insurance companies' best interest to avoid paying your claim or to pay the lowest amount possible. When you get quality legal representation on your side, your lawyer will handle all communications with insurance companies and work to help you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
You can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our Uber accident lawyers will take care of collecting and compiling the evidence needed to strengthen your claim. We will take care of all the documentation and paperwork that must be filed within certain deadlines so you don't have to worry about it and can focus on recovering and healing from your injuries. We will analyze all aspects of your case, evaluate the value of your claim and help you make crucial decisions that will help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
What Compensation Can I Receive After an Uber Accident?
Uber accident victims in California are entitled to receive compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, they may also be entitled to punitive damages, particularly if the defendant exhibited an egregious level of negligence. Here are some of the common types of damages your rideshare attorney can seek in an Uber accident case:
- Medical expenses: This includes everything from emergency transportation and treatment, surgeries, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitative therapy, expenses relating to prescription drugs, medical equipment, etc.
- Lost wages: This refers to income you may have lost as a result of being unable to work due to your injuries. In addition, if you are permanently injured, you may also be able to seek compensation for loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: These are non-economic damages, which are often more challenging to quantify. They may include compensation for the physical pain and mental suffering you endured after the crash; losses related to disabilities or physical limitations; scarring or disfigurement; and loss of life's enjoyment.
How Much Time Do I Have to File My Uber Accident Claim?
Under California, the statute of limitations or deadline to file a personal injury claim is two years from the date of your rideshare accident. However, there are a few notable exceptions. For example, if a government vehicle was involved in your Uber accident and you need to file a claim against the government employee and/or entity, you must do so within 180 days of the accident.
Because of the complex nature of Uber accident claims, it is important that you get an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer on your side early on in the process. The experienced injury attorneys at the Vaziri Law Group have helped car accident victims and families maximize the compensation they receive. We are passionate when it comes to fighting for your rights and helping you receive justice and fair compensation for your losses. Call us at 877-812-1085 to find out how we can help you.