Uber accidents are not uncommon, especially given how many drives are now present on the road. Rideshare companies are present everywhere and with the large number of drivers, the number of accidents has risen. Car accidents with Uber drivers can be troubling and frustrating, especially because of the added element of receiving a service during the incident. You may not know how to proceed. Fortunately, your skilled lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group know what to do if you were hurt in an Uber sudden stop accident. We will work around the clock to ensure that your rightful compensation is won.
Uber Sudden Stop Causes
Uber drivers need to usually wait for their customers at different parts of the street, sometimes in places where there are no safe areas to pull over. They have to find someone who has no indication that he has ordered a rideshare. Worse, he has to sort through numerous people who did order rideshares but cannot see his car, such as at the airport. While looking for their customers, Uber drivers may suddenly stop when they notice them or when they are on the phone with the customer and he says that he can see the vehicle. Additionally, though, Uber drivers are not always the safest drivers on the road. They routinely try to get as many rides together in a shift as they possibly can, and the easiest way to do this is to complete rides quickly. Therefore, many Uber drivers will drive recklessly or carelessly and not pay attention to their surroundings. If they suddenly stop, they can cause passengers to get hurt, and they may cause accidents around them. Cars that are behind the Uber may not be able to stop in time if the Uber driver suddenly slams on his brakes. If you are in another vehicle, you may have to avoid an Uber if the car suddenly stops. This may not be possible, and you may crash into the car. It is a common belief that individuals who rear-end others are at fault, but if an Uber driver slams on his brakes inn act of negligence, you should fight to not be held accountable. No matter what the reason for the accident, it is dangerous for Uber drivers to stop short or suddenly step on the brakes.
Injuries to Passengers in Uber Sudden Stop Crashes
Sudden stops can cause numerous types of accidents. For one, passengers in the Uber may be thrown or jerked forward, or they may bounce into a closed window or hard plastic area in the car. Thus, neck injuries are extremely common. Worse, some passengers may not wear their seatbelts, which can drastically increase the chances of severe injuries. Some of the injuries that can stem from sudden stops in Uber vehicles include:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Facial damages
- Broken teeth
- Eye damage
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
A sudden stop can cause a passenger to be flung forward. Worse, it can cause another vehicle to crash into the Uber. You should be prepared to take legal action if you are injured in an Uber accident from a sudden stop.
Can I Get Compensation For Injuries From A Sudden Stop Accident?
As a victim in an Uber accident, yes, you can get compensation for injuries from a sudden stop accident. People often ask, “Can I file a claim against Uber?” It is recommended that you do so with the help of an attorney. A lawyer can ensure that your lawsuit is filed with the most applicable and worthwhile evidence. In order to sue Uber, you must show four points of negligence. They are as follows:
- You were owed a duty of care by Uber
- The duty of care was breached in some way
- The breach of duty led to a sudden stop accident
- The incident resulted in physical injuries
If you were not physically harmed, you will not be able to pursue any compensation at all. All four of these points must be met if you wish to file a claim; if even one is shown to be false, your claim will be voided.
Evidence for an Uber Sudden Stop Lawsuit
After an accident with Uber, you may be very confused and unsure of how to proceed. If you do not know what to do, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer to help with your claim. You should follow these steps to ensure that you have the best evidence for your lawsuit:
- Go to the doctor at once to get medical treatment
- Keep all doctor’s notes and hospital receipts
- Write down the Uber driver’s contact details, insurance information, license plate number, and more
- Screenshot your ride in the Uber app
- Get statements and testimonies from eyewitnesses and passengers
- Collect a copy of the police report
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage done to the vehicles
- Acquire video evidence, security footage, and dash cam footage if possible
You should be sure to reach out to a lawyer who can handle your claim for you. If you have not had any legal experience, you may not be able to win your lawsuit. A lawyer will be able to negotiate a fair deal for you, write a demand letter, follow up with the insurance agent, and much more.
Uber Insurance Details
Uber’s insurance policy covers individuals who are involved in the accident. It is a coverage system that affects different people at different points. If the driver is not using the app, he is covered under his own auto insurance policy. Any accidents and injuries he causes will have to go through his private policy provider. When he turns the app on but has not yet accepted a fare, he is covered for up to $50,000 in liability. Once he accepts a fare and is en route to the passenger, he is covered for $1,000,000 in liability. This also protects the passengers who enter the vehicle. Additionally, underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage is $1,000,000. You should always pursue the maximum policy if you were injured in an Uber sudden stop accident.
Restitution from an Uber Accident Lawsuit
If you were hurt in an accident where the Uber driver stopped short, you could receive a fair amount of compensation for your damages. We will do all we can to win you coverage for every expense, including:
- Medical bills from the past and future for any hospitalization, surgery, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages from the past and future if you could not go to work
- Property damage for any broken items or lost belonging
- Pain and suffering damages for PTSD, fear, anxiety, emotional trauma, and more
We will work around the clock to secure you a fair settlement package.
Statute of Limitations on Your Uber Lawsuit
According to California law, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit in the event you were hurt as a result of another party’s negligence. This is meant to ensure that claims do not take too long to be filed and that the evidence is not corrupted or forgotten. The quicker you file a case, the more likely it is that you will be successful. There are a few exceptions to the 2 year statute of limitations, though. Exemptions include:
- Minors: the statute begins when the minor turns 18 years old
- Incapacitated people: those in comas or who have suffered emotional breakdowns can wait until they return to functionality before they sue
- Absent defendant: the defendant must be in the state in order to sue him, so the statute will be suspended until he returns
These may not apply to your case but if they do, our attorneys will strive to make sure they are applied and you do not miss the deadline to sue.
The Best Firm for Uber Lawsuits
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, is widely regarded as the most effective and successful law group for Uber accidents. Many clients call us and ask where to file an injury claim for a sudden stop Uber / Lyfr / rideshare accident, and the answer is simple: right here. We have years of experience and our expert attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of Uber accidents. Call our offices today at (888) 649-7166 for a free legal consultation to discuss your case. We will tell you what we feel your case is worth and what we can win for you. If you want to ask us questions about your claim, you are free to do so. Further, our zero fee guarantee promises that you won’t have to spend a dime of your own money on our services. We will only get paid if we win. The money will be taken as a portion of the settlement won by Uber. If we lose, we don’t get paid anything whatsoever. Your savings will never be touched when you come to us for your Uber driver sudden stop lawsuit. Contact our firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, to get started and to sue Uber for a sudden stop accident.