Uber Accident Lawsuit Settlements
Uber accident settlements are highly sought after in the rideshare world. Acquiring an Uber accident claim settlement is not simple, though, and many people fail because they try to handle the claims themselves. They may simply request coverage without proving sufficient evidence, and they may be naturally poor negotiators. The better option is to hire an Uber accident lawyer with experience in Uber accident claims and settlements. You should not look for a lawyer who has no Uber car crash settlements on his profile or who has never litigated any Uber injury lawsuit settlements. Our law firm can help if an Uber passenger got hurt in a car accident or if an Uber driver were injured. We have secured many Uber accident claim settlements for our clients throughout the years, and our history of success showcases that we are the best in the business. Clients often contact us with various questions, some of which include:
Uber Accident Causes
- How much is an Uber accident case worth?
- How much is the payout for an Uber accident claim?
- What are common Uber accident case settlement amounts?
- How do you determine an Uber accident car crash settlement?
- How long Uber will take to settle your accident case?
Uber accidents generally happen due to some kind of negligent action by a driver. Drivers may speed, run red lights, turn without signaling, drink and drive, drive while under the influence of drugs, run stop signs, and more. They may also drive faulty cars or cars that have defects, such as faulty brakes, broken engines, fire hazards, and more.
Some drivers get involved in accidents because there are external factors at play. The environment may be problematic to drive through, such as when you drive on roads with lots of potholes or when the weather is extremely foggy and rainy.
As long as you can assign fault in the incident, you will be able to pursue compensation and receive a fair Uber accident payout.
Uber Insurance Information
Uber’s insurance is covered by James River Insurance. The way Uber injury insurance and property insurance works is quite different to the personal auto insurance policies most drivers have, as well as commercial insurance.
There are three different phases of Uber’s insurance. If an Uber driver is not clocked in or using the app, then he is not employed at the time and his personal policy is in effect. If he is in an accident, the accident coverage amount will be determined by his limits. It’s required to carry state minimum limits on your private policy. These limits are $15,000 in bodily injury per person injured in a crash, $30,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $5,000 in property damage. You wi
The next phase is activated when a driver turns on the Uber app and is waiting for a passenger to request a ride. At this point, Uber provides $50,000 per person in bodily injury if someone was hurt in an accident, $100,000 per accident in total bodily injury, and $25,000 in property damage liability. You will also have $250,000 in Uber’s uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.
Once a driver has accepted a ride, he will head to the passenger’s destination. This next period will continue throughout the trip, include the passenger or passengers, and will not end until the rider has been dropped off, at which point the phase will revert to the previous one. In this period, Uber will provide $1,000,000 in liability insurance, $1,000,000 in underinsured motorist coverage, $1,000,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, and comprehensive collision coverage. The collision coverage has a $1000 deductible provided you have such coverage on your personal policy.
Uber will pay for the accident if you have been hurt, but you won’t get an Uber injury lawsuit settlement if you didn’t sustain injuries. A personal injury lawsuit can only be filed if you were hurt in the incident. You can still elect to pursue property damage, though.
Suing Uber for a Car Accident
If you don’t know how to sue Uber, you should reach out to an attorney for assistance. Both Uber passengers and Uber drivers may get hurt in incidents and try to take legal action, but without ample knowledge of personal injury law, you may not be able to earn a large amount of compensation.
If you wish to file a claim against Uber because you were injured, you will need to gather sufficient evidence. You can follow these steps for your case:
First, go to the hospital to get medical treatment. You may have been seriously injured and could need surgery or other treatments. You should not wait a few days or weeks before you see a doctor. The delay in time can cause your injuries to worsen and cause long-lasting damage. Additionally, your claim may be greatly impacted. The insurance agent handling the case will look at the gap in time and will believe that you were not seriously injured in the incident if you were able to feasibly wait that long to go to the doctor. He could also assume that you were hurt in another accident and you are merely trying to use the Uber crash as a scapegoat.
While you’re at the hospital, you should hold on to all medical records, medication and prescriptions, doctor’s statements, X-rays, MRI results, and more. You should also request an itemized list of what you were billed for and what your insurance will cover.
You will need to get pictures of the injuries you suffered to showcase how serious they were. The more proof you have of the severity of the injuries, the higher the Uber injury accident lawsuit will settle for.
You should also have photos of the damage done to the vehicles involved in the accident. An Uber passenger accident settlement may result in more compensation for physical injuries because the passenger was not operating the vehicle, while an Uber driver accident settlement could include total coverage for the damage done to the vehicle.
Get the contact information of any involved drivers so you can pursue compensation from their insurance company. Write down the phone number, policy, driver’s license number, license plate number, and more.
If there were any eyewitnesses or other passengers injured in the incident, you can ask them to give you their statements and testimonies about the crash. Additional information and perspectives will greatly benefit your case against such a large company like Uber.
You will be able to report the incident to Uber, but you should make sure to take a screenshot of the app while in progress, the destination, and the payment receipt. Hold on to any receipts from your bank or PayPal showing that you made a payment to the company for the ride.
The police may have shown up to the incident, especially if there were injuries. You could request a copy of the police report to add to your claim.
Finally, you should reach out to an attorney who has a history of winning Uber accident injury lawsuit settlements. If you search for a lawyer with no experience in Uber personal injury settlements, you may not receive a fair settlement. It is in your best interest to seek legal representation because you may not have the legal acumen to litigate a case, not to mention the amount of time and negotiation it requires to win anything worthwhile.
How Much Can I Receive After an Uber Accident?
You can receive a fair amount of compensation after an Uber accident. You can receive $1,000,000 if you were seriously injured and you had excessive medical bills and other debts, but if you were not seriously hurt, your injuries healed up within a few weeks, and you were able to return to work fairly quickly, you may not receive a large amount of compensation.
The amount of money that you can receive after an Uber accident depends on many factors, but be aware that a lawyer will not be able to tell you how much you will win. The amount of compensation that you can get for an Uber accident claim will be determined by the insurance agent handling the claim.
How Much is the Average Uber Accident Settlement?
The average Uber accident settlement is generally north of $25,000, as medical bills tend to be expensive and pain and suffering damages increase the total quite a bit.
For example, if John is an Uber driver and he is involved in an accident that is not his fault, he can pursue compensation from the other driver’s insurance policy or from Uber. If he suffered a light injury, like a sprained wrist, he may receive $10,000 for the surgery. If his car only needed a touch up or a new bumber, he may receive $1500 for the total costs.
On the other hand, if he sustained a traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairment that would prevent him from continuing his day job, he could easily earn in excess of $1,000,000.
The average settlement of an Uber accident will get increased as more large settlements are secured. The average Uber accident settlement value may be slightly lower than most projections for this reason. If there are a dozen cases where passengers receive $10,000,000, then the average will climb. It is best to look at the median to determine the average Uber accident settlement.
Additionally, in general, an Uber passenger accident settlement will often earn more than the driver’s settlement. This is because the passengers are almost always not at fault for the incident.
What Can You Get Paid for an Uber Accident?
How much your Uber accident case will settle for will depend on many factors. The insurance agent handling the claim will consider the severity of your injuries, the impact they had on your life and career, the level of responsibility you had in the incident, your age, your career, and much more. An Uber accident can be worth $1 million if the Uber driver was at fault and you were a passenger or if you were struck by an Uber driver. The insurance agent will calculate the settlement amount of an Uber accident claim and make an offer. However, the agency does not want to pay out Uber accident settlement amounts often at all, so you will need to negotiate.
Our law firm will negotiate a fair deal for you. We strive to ensure that Uber’s insurance policies pay your medical bills and cover you for your full damages. Some of the potential restitution you can receive includes:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization, medication, ambulatory transportation, scarring, disfigurement, reconstructive surgery, and more
- Lost income if you were unable to work and earn a living, as well as future missed wages if you could not work due to injuries, recovery time, or additional medical procedures
- Property damage for your broken vehicle, lost personal items, and more
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional trauma, psychological stress, fear, anxiety, PTSD, and more
- Wrongful death damages to cover the untimely passing of a loved one or family member, which can result in pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium and relations, loss of inheritance and savings, and more
- Punitive damages if the at-fault party were particularly negligent or if he intentionally tried to cause you harm, but these damages are often viewed as excessive and are difficult to win, so they can only be secured by a skilled lawyer
It is not possible to know what the Uber accident case will settle for ahead of time. If you were reading about another case in which the Uber accident settled for $5,000,000, you should look into the injuries of those involved and how negligence played a part.
Statute of Limitations on Uber Accident Claims
In California, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against Uber. Many Uber accident settlements and Lyft accident settlements do not come into fruition because the victims do not take legal action in time. You should act quickly so that your evidence is preserved and so that you have the highest chance of success with your claim.
There are some scenarios in which the statute of limitations can be extended. Some examples include:
Second Opinion Regarding Your Uber Accident Case
- Minors who were injured can wait until they turn 18 years old to adhere to the statute of limitations
- Victims left incapacitated, whether mentally or physically, can wait until they return to health to sue
- Cases in which the defendant left the state can have the statute of limitations frozen until the party returns to California
If you already have legal representation, you may benefit from pursuing a second opinion for your Uber accident lawsuit settlement. Too often, attorneys will simply try to rush through claims and will not dedicate themselves at all. They want to secure a fast settlement, take a portion of it, and move on to the next case.
If you feel that your current lawyer is not acting in your best interest, you should look for an attorney who can provide a second opinion about your Uber accident settlement. Call our firm today to receive an Uber accident second opinion by a lawyer. We will tell you if we believe your current representation is fair, if your lawyer is not doing enough to help you, or if you have been the victim of actions done in bad faith.
Why Choose Us
Our law firm has secured millions of dollars in Uber car crash settlement amounts for our clients. We know the best tactics for securing the maximum Uber injury settlements and for winning every penny you deserve. If we have to go to court to win your case, we are willing to do so, and our aggressive lawyers will not stop until we satisfied with the results of the claim.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. We will walk you through the legal process and tell you what we believe we can earn for you. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee – you will owe us no money throughout the case. We will cover the costs ourselves, and if we win, the settlement from Uber will cover our expenses. If we lose, you do not pay a dime to our firm, and we eat the costs.
To determine the amount of an Uber accident settlement or to sue Uber for injuries, contact our law firm today.