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People all over the world use Uber to move from place to place. With over 7.6 billion trips completed in 2022 worldwide, Uber is one of the largest rideshare companies available to people in areas like Glendale and Los Angeles, California.

Although the company says 99.9% of trips end without a major safety incident, its 2019-2020 Safety Report states there were 101 Uber-related fatalities in both years combined.

Whether you’re involved in an Uber accident as a passenger or as another motorist on the road, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Our Glendale uber accident lawyer at The Shirvanian Law Firm can review the details of your case to determine liability and get you a fair settlement from the responsible party.

Common Injuries in an Uber Accident

As an Uber accident passenger or third-party driver, you may suffer the following types of injuries that leave you with costly medical bills and life-changing impairments:

  • Whiplash: The impact of the Uber collision may cause your neck to jerk forward and back rapidly. This type of injury, known as whiplash, occurs frequently in rear-end collisions. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, headaches, and fatigue. They can manifest hours or even days after the impact.
  • Fractures: Depending on the severity of the impact, a negligent ridesharing driver can easily break other people’s bones. An Uber accident can cause fractures in nearly any body part, including the arms, legs, ribs, or skull.
  • Spinal cord injuries: A severe Uber collision can cause injuries to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a critical part of the body, linking your brain with the rest of your nerves. A spinal cord injury is life-altering and can result in mobility impairment, loss of sensations, and paralysis.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: One of the most severe consequences of a car accident involving a ridesharing driver is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI is a form of head injury that affects the brain. TBIs are categorized into three levels of severity: mild, moderate, and severe, with severe TBIs resulting in potentially life-altering cognitive impairments.

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What Happens if Your Uber Driver Gets in an Accident?

If you’re involved in an accident as a passenger in an Uber, you have a legal right to file a claim for injury compensation. When an Uber driver is at fault, this is done through an Uber accident claim.

However, determining liability in Uber collision cases may not be straightforward. Our Glendale auto accident lawyer can help you determine fault based on the driver’s status, insurance coverages, and other potential liable parties.

  • Driver status: If the app was off, the driver is considered off-duty, and Uber’s insurance may not cover the incident. If the driver was on-duty but without a passenger, a lower level of coverage applies. Full coverage is generally activated when a passenger is in the vehicle.
  • Third-party drivers involved: If another driver is involved in the accident and is at fault, you may have a claim against their insurance policy. Insurance details, such as policy limits and types of coverage, can also affect the compensation you can receive. California requires drivers to have at least $15,000, $30,000, and $5,000 in liability insurance to cover bodily damage per person and accident and property damage.
  • Other liable parties: Other entities could also share in the liability. For instance, if poor road conditions or a malfunctioning traffic signal contributed to the accident, a local government entity may be held partly responsible. Additionally, if a vehicle defect or malfunction played a role, the car manufacturer or maintenance provider could also be liable.

Does Uber Give You Money When You’re in an Accident?

In California, Uber accident insurance must cover up to $1 million for various incidents, including car accidents. The policy provides coverage for personal injuries, property damage, and other losses you may sustain due to the accident.

Your case’s potential Uber accident settlement amount will depend on the specific circumstances and the extent of your injuries. General coverage amounts for Uber accident victims are as follows:

Driver’s Status Third-Party Liability Coverage Per Accident Per-Injury Coverage Property Damage Coverage
On-duty with passengers Up to $1 million in liability coverage
Up to $1 million for crashes caused by uninsured and/or underinsured motorists
Included in $1 million Included in $1 million (with a $1,000 deductible)
On-duty, waiting for passengers Up to $100,000 Up to $50,000 Up to $25,000
Off-duty (App off) No Uber coverage No Uber coverage No Uber coverage

What Should You Do After an Uber Accident?

If you’ve just experienced an accident while riding in an Uber, your actions immediately following the incident can be crucial for your well-being and future legal or insurance claims. The following steps can help you protect your rights and receive a fair settlement for your injuries:

  • Check for injuries and call 911: The immediate aftermath of an accident is often chaotic. First, ensure you and others are okay. If there are injuries, even minor ones, dial 911 immediately.
  • Seek medical attention: Sometimes, injuries like whiplash or internal bleeding don’t manifest immediately. That’s why seeking medical attention is vital even if you feel okay. A medical report will also serve as crucial evidence should you need to claim compensation for medical bills or other damages.
  • File a police report. Report the incident to the police as soon as possible. If you are another driver involved in an accident with an Uber vehicle in California, you have 24 hours to file a police report. If you are an Uber passenger, filing a police report as soon as possible can help your claim against the at-fault party.
  • Collect information: Gather details from everyone involved in the accident. This includes names, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle information from all drivers, not just the Uber driver. Also, take photographs of vehicle damage, license plates, and the overall scene of the accident. Your attorney will use this evidence for insurance claims or possible legal action.
  • Consult an attorney first: Before reporting the accident to Uber, consult an attorney experienced in rideshare accidents. Your attorney can guide you through the best course of action, helping you understand how much your claim is worth and communicating with Uber’s insurance company on your behalf. They can also help you gather evidence and determine liability to help you seek compensation from any additional at-fault parties.
  • Report to Uber after speaking with an attorney: Open the Uber app and navigate to your past rides to find the trip during which the accident occurred. Report the accident through the Uber app. Navigate to the trip under ‘Your Trips’ and then select ‘I was involved in an accident.’ Uber will follow up for further information and initiate their insurance process if applicable.

Contact The Shirvanian Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Protecting your rights is vital to receiving fair compensation if you are involved in an Uber accident. In California, our Glendale car accident lawyer at The Shirvanian Law Firm is skilled in negotiating with auto accident insurance companies on behalf of victims.

He will use his knowledge and legal experience to help you receive a settlement that pays for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.

Our firm offers a no-fee guarantee for your peace of mind, meaning you don’t pay us unless we win or secure compensation for you. Let our attorney fight for you while you focus on recovery. Contact us today for a free case consultation.