Like many people throughout southern California, you might rely on Uber to get you from place to place, especially after a night out or a party weekend. Uber and other rideshare services are easily accessible from any smartphone. However, Ubers are not exempt from the dangers of the road, and you can be injured just as severely in an Uber crash as in an accident in your own car. If you are injured in a crash while riding in an Uber, keep these steps in mind to protect your interests moving forward.
Were you injured in an Uber crash?
Uber’s $1 million commercial policy may cover your damages if you were injured while riding in an Uber if your driver was at fault. If another motorist was responsible for the crash, they are responsible for the damages, but Uber’s policy could kick in if that driver was uninsured, underinsured or fled the scene. However, in order to make sure that you will not face further difficulties, it is important to report the crash as quickly as possible to Uber’s own system.
Did an Uber driver crash into you?
If you were in another car during a motor vehicle accident with an Uber driver, the applicable insurance policy might vary depending on whether the Uber was carrying passengers, waiting for passengers or had the app turned off at the time. If the Uber driver had the app turned off and was not working, their personal car insurance will kick in; the Uber coverage applies to a limited extent if they are waiting for a ride and to the full amount if they are actively working.
Uber drivers, just like all other motorists, have a responsibility to drive safely and avoid negligent behavior. If you were hurt in a car accident in an Uber, a personal injury lawyer may help you to pursue compensation for your damages.