Getting into an accident is a traumatic experience and is made worse when it is during a rideshare like Uber. Car insurance claims are complicated to begin with but who is liable during an Uber accident? It is not clear cut as many factors contribute to liability including if there was a passenger in the car, if the app was turned on and if the driver was in between rides. A Los Angeles Uber accident attorney is well versed on the process of determining liability and seeking appropriate compensation.
Uber has previously attempted to distance itself from drivers who have been in an accident while logged into their app. They would argue that because they did not have a passenger in tow that Uber was not liable. California lawmakers have enacted bills with stronger liabilities for Uber and other ridesharing companies. This requires companies to extend their insurance coverages for drivers. By law, Uber will at minimum be required to serve as a secondary insurance from the moment the app is turned on not only when there is a passenger on board. Uber and other companies will always try to pay the minimum after an accident and in previous cases have attempted to distance themselves from the driver in accidents to avoid paying or being held liable. A Los Angeles Uber accident attorney will be able to sift through the madness and help you obtain compensation and hold the appropriate parties liable.
Drivers working for Uber are considered independent contractors and are required to carry their own car insurance. Depending on the situation either their own insurance will go into effect or an additional commercial insurance will.Uber provides up to $1 million in liability protection in the event of an accident where they are transporting a passenger and the person becomes injured. If the driver is logged into the app and is in between rides the liability insurance will be up to $50 thousand for bodily injuries per individual per accident. It is maxed at $100 thousand per accident.
Liability seems clear cut but accessing this coverage can be more complicated than during a regular car accident. The situation can become even more complex when the driver has signed up for both Uber and Lyft. You need the experience and guidance of a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney to review your case and come up with a plan of action. Every case is different and has its own unique hurdles to jump over. The Uber accident attorneys at Kristensen LLP have years of experience fighting for clients’ rights when involved in an Uber accident. Don’t wait until it is too late to contact our offices for an initial consultation. We will discuss your case and be able to properly assess your options whether you are the driver or passenger during an accident. We will fight against Uber and car insurance companies for appropriate compensation for your injuries and suffering.