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In the last few years, Uber has become the most dominant and popular form of rideshare transportation in America. With the rise in the company’s popularity have also come problems in the form of car accidents with their drivers. Getting in an accident with an Uber driver is not the same as getting in an accident with the driver of another car, truck, or SUV. There are some key differences that you need to be aware of as it affects the amount of money you can recover in your case.
If you have been in a car accident with an Uber driver, you may be overwhelmed with medical bills, doctor and chiropractor visits, and calls from either your insurance company or Uber’s insurance company. You should not expect for the insurance company for Uber to offer to pay you either a lot of money or a fair amount of money for your accident since they are not looking out for you.
The Jackman Law Firm has the experience and resources to take on Uber and get you a fair amount of money for your injuries. We will make sure you are compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, assuming you have those. Feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case against Uber.
If you have been in a car accident with an Uber driver, there are some special considerations you need to be aware of since it will affect how much money you receive from Uber, if any. You need to be aware that Uber may deny liability at all. If they do this, they will likely base it on the fact that their driver is an independent contractor, meaning the driver is not an employee of Uber, or that the driver was not “on the clock” and working for Uber at the time of the car accident.
If the Uber driver who hit you has his Uber app off, then only the driver’s insurance will cover your medical bills and pain and suffering. This is of course assuming the driver has valid car insurance.
If the Uber app is on and the driver lists himself or herself as available, then at the time of the accident there is up to $100,000 for injuries to your body and $25,000 for damage to your car. If the Uber driver is picking you up or dropping you off when the accident occurs, then there is what is called a commercial insurance policy available. This means there is up to $1 million dollars available for damage to your body and car.
Understanding the difference between these three and proving which mode your Uber drive was in at the time of the accident will determine how much money you are eligible to receive for your accident.
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