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What Happens If My Uber Is In An Accident?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


If you’ve been injured in an uber accident contact our rideshare accident lawyers today.

Ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft have increased in popularity over the years. Uber, like its competitor, offers the public an alternative to hired transportation, while giving private car owners an opportunity to earn extra income with their personal vehicle. Although this innovative business model has been very advantageous to those who participate, there have been increasing concerns relating to the passengers’ safety.

Since drivers in the ride-sharing program are private car owners, customers who use the service should concern themselves with what will happen if their Uber is in a car accident.

Who Pays When An Uber Crashes?

To use the Uber service, a customer installs an app on their phone and when they need to travel, the customer requests a ride through the app. This connects that customer with a nearby driver. While Uber manages the app and signs up the driver, the company does not consider the driver to be an employee or agent. This is the underlining legal issues associated with Uber crashes.

Drivers in the Uber ride-sharing program are considered independent contractors. They are expected to maintain their own private insurance. Accordingly, after an accident, Uber will argue that it is a technology company that provides the platform, but is not the drivers’ employer. The good news for Uber passengers is that Uber manages an insurance policy in addition to the driver’s private policy. Uber coverage offers a further $1,000,000 per ride.

Victims involved in an Uber-related crash often find it hard to claim against Uber. In fact, the ability to communicate with the company can prove difficult. But even before a passenger gets to Uber, they may encounter challenges claiming under the driver’s insurance policy. This is because more than likely the driver’s insurance precludes “driving for profit.” To overcome these obstacles and get the compensation that you deserve, you should hire a personal injury lawyer with Uber accident experience.

What To Do After An Uber Accident?

All accidents can be frightening, but it is important to know what to do after a crash.

  • See to your safety – Whether you are involved in a minor or major accident, you should see to your safety and those around you before anything else.
  • Call the police – The first call to make is 911, which will get the police to the scene of the accident, and if you or anyone requires medical attention, other first responders will be dispatched.
  • Get vital information – separate from the data you have on your Uber app; you should collect other relevant information such as an insurance policy number and contact details, including an address from all the drivers involved.
  • Seek medical attention – Even if you have not experienced any noticeable injury, you should still see a doctor just in case you suffered whiplash injuries.

Your next step after seeking medical attention is to hire a personal injury lawyer. It is important to begin the claim process as soon as possible.

If You Are Hurt, Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we are committed to getting the compensation that our clients deserve. If you were hurt while traveling in an Uber car, someone is responsible and should be held accountable.

Call our experienced legal team at (312) 236-2900 today to set up your free consultation.

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