Were You Deactivated by Uber because of an Accident?
Anyone who is looking for extra cash with access to a reliable vehicle and has a license can opt to drive for rideshare service, like Uber, for example – given that all other eligibility requirements are met. For many, driving for Uber is a source of extra income. However, many people now depend on Uber for their only source of income as more and more drivers are driving full-time.
For drivers who depend on their earnings, the worst things that could happen includes account deactivation – as deactivated drivers cannot log into their rideshare app and accept any rides. This means they cannot work.
There are a number of things that could lead to driver deactivation. These include some of the following:
- Background check updates
- Contacting or attempting to contact riders after a ride
- Expired documentation
- Poor ratings
- Rider complaints in violation of the Uber zero-tolerance policy
- Unsafe driving
- Violation of Uber’s terms of service
Many drivers are also deactivated after auto accidents. After a driver reports an accident while active on the app, Uber is likely to deactivate drivers while they investigate the incident. However, many drivers remain deactivated after an auto accident – even if the accident was not their fault.
Were you involved in an auto accident while you were driving for Uber? Whether you or another party were at-fault for the accident, you might encounter difficulties with your driver account. Uber might try to keep your account deactivated. After a car accident, you might want to get your life back on track as soon as possible, and a deactivation could make it nearly impossible to return to your normal routine.
If your Uber driver account was deactivated after being in a car accident, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue any sort of legal action after being involved in an Uber accident and getting deactivated as a driver, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, always dedicated to rightfully representing all affected parties. If you would like our attorneys to evaluate your current situation and provide you with the necessary guidance to take legal action against Uber, do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately. Depending on the details surrounding the incident that led to your deactivation, you might have grounds to pursue a claim.
The Causes and Results of Car Accidents
There are a number of common causes for auto accident. By far, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. A driver behind the wheel can be reckless or negligent and quickly cause an accident. Another common cause of car accidents is poor road conditions. A city agency responsible for keeping road conditions safe could be reckless or negligent and contribute to accidents. Car accidents can also occur because of defective autos or malfunctioning autos.
Regardless of the specific cause of the accident, the accident could result in a number of injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries include the following: back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractured bones, lacerations, nerve damage, muscle damage, and ligament damage, for example.
Rideshare – Injury To Passenger
Rideshare Accident – Back Injury
Uber’s Insurance for Auto Accidents
All Uber drivers are covered with Uber’s insurance policy in the case of an accident. Without a doubt, drivers must have personal auto insurance coverage; however, if an accident occurs when the driver is active on Uber – whether logged in and waiting for a passenger or in an active ride with a passenger – Uber’s coverage will apply.
What coverage applies? If you are logged into the app but haven’t accepted any ride requests from passengers, you will be covered for $50,000 in liability and $25,000 in property damage. As soon as you accept a ride request, you are fully covered by Uber’s insurance policy. Whether you are on your way to picking up a passenger or you have already picked up a passenger, you are covered. You are covered for $1,000,000 in liability (passengers are also covered).
As mentioned above, Uber could deactivate you after an accident. This could create even more uncertainty surrounding the accident, the coverage for the accident, and dealing with the deactivation. Even if Uber deactivated your account immediately after you reported the accident, you could be covered by their insurance policy.
Your Right to Sue after an Uber Accident
After an Uber accident, you have the right to take action – both to ensure that Uber’s insurance policy covers your damages and to ensure that your account is reactivated. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not make things easy for victims interested in pursuing claims. Insurance companies often go out of their way to make things as complicated as possible – often ignoring calls, failing to respond to emails, and simply delaying the entire process. Insurance companies resort to cheap tricks in attempts to get claimants to withdraw their claims, and they are often successful in doing so.
You have the right to sue Uber and get paid out by their insurance company. Do not allow Uber and their insurance company to take advantage of your situation. Seek legal assistance immediately to ensure that you are properly represented.
Being Compensated Upon Reaching a Successful Claim Outcome
After being involved in an Uber accident, you might have grounds to pursue a claim for the damages resulting from the incident. Although there is no guarantee of exactly how you could be compensated, many affected parties recover monetary compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Depending on the specific details surrounding the incident and your claim, you could also be compensated by being reactivated as a driver. Although recovering monetary compensation can help you and your family move forward from the trauma associated with the Uber accident, a reversal in the decision to deactivate you as a driver could prove to be even more beneficial. If you are physically able to continue driving for Uber, the reactivation of your account could represent the ability to be able to provide for your family once again.
If you would like to learn about the potential outcome of your case – specifically whether your account deactivation will be permanent or whether your account will be reactivated – do not hesitate to seek the expertise of our Uber accident and deactivation attorneys as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to take action and recover the compensation that you deserve.
What Should You Do?
If you were in an Uber accident, there are a number of things that you should do. Consider the following list of recommended steps that you should take:
- Get medical care
- Photograph the scene of the accident
- Photograph the injuries suffered
- Gather any video footage available
- Screenshot the Uber app to prove that the accident occurred while you were active
- Gather witness information
- File an incident report with police
- Gather insurance and contact information of all parties involved
- Report the incident to Uber
- Take screenshots of any deactivation messages
- Seek the expertise of an Uber attorney
How Long to Pursue Your Claim?
If you are interested in pursuing a claim against Uber after you were involved in a car accident that led to your deactivation as a driver, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experienced lawyers immediately – as it is essential that you take legal action within the appropriate timeframe. All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, or a deadline to sue. This means that affected parties only have a short length of time to file their claims.
What deadline applies to your claim against Uber? In California, claims are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that affected parties will only have a short length of time to file their claims. If claimants fail to file their claims within the appropriate length of time, they will lose their right to take any legal action whatsoever. However, certain exceptions could apply. Exceptions could actually toll the total length of time available to pursue a claim.
If you are interested in filing a claim, you must have a thorough understanding of any applicable deadlines. For more information about the time that you have to pursue your claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts immediately.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are in need of legal assistance after being involved in an Uber accident that led to deactivation of your Uber driver account, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims – always fighting for the rights of our clients. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information necessary to pursue your claim.
To ensure that all parties interested in taking legal action have access to the expertise of our Uber lawyers, our firm offers a variety of legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our Uber attorneys will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information necessary to either begin or continue your claim. If you would like to benefit from our free legal services and you are ready to discuss your claim with our experts, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately.
By providing free legal services, we are ensuring that all affected parties have access to the legal representation necessary to start or continue their claims. Unfortunately, many people worry about the expenses associated with getting legal assistance; therefore, they never seek the expertise of a lawyer. At our firm, we offer a Zero-Fee guarantee that ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also strictly based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome. If you don’t win, you will not be required to pay us anything.
If you are ready to discuss the possibility of pursuing a claim with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim against Uber – and to eventually help your driver account be reactivated.