Uber Accidents - Who is Liable for Your Damages?

Uber Accidents - Who is Liable for Your Damages?

UberOver the past two years, a few different studies have indicated that ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, rapidly gained in popularity, devastating taxi companies by taking a huge chunk of their market. With the widespread use of this service, however, the potential for being involved in a ride-share accident has also increased. What does this mean for individuals who are involved in such accidents and who is liable for the damages sustained?

If your Uber driver is hit by another vehicle while they are transporting you, the at-fault driver would be liable for any damages. If your Uber driver is at fault, however, Uber’s commercial vehicle insurance policy for pay for the damages sustained, rather than the Uber driver’s personal insurance. As is the case for taxi drivers in the state of California, Uber’s insurance policy covers up to $1,000,000 for accidents that occur while a trip is in progress. California also has a minimum bodily damage insurance coverage limit set at $15,000. Uber’s policy covers up to $50,000 per person.

If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver who is not transporting passengers, it is less straightforward. Since Uber does not hire drivers, but rather connects individuals with independent contractors, Uber may deny liability regarding the actions of their drivers when they are in between fares, as they have done in the past. If you are the victim of such an accident, you may either sue Uber, or the Uber driver’s personal insurance company for compensation. Going up against either, of course, will require skilled legal representation.

At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys will explore every aspect of your case to ensure you recover the full level of compensation to which you are entitled. We have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims since 1977 and have recovered more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.

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