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Who is Responsible in an Uber Car Crash?

Popular Ridesharing Companies Responsibility in an Uber Car Crash

Popular ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been becoming more and more popular, and driving more and more people, causing, unfortunately, more Uber car crashes. Often, in urban areas, such as Baton Rouge, Uber has quickly surpassed cab companies, for safety, cleanliness, convenience, and affordability. The process is simple – riders download the Uber App onto their phone, and they can simply and easily request and pay for rides. They can also track their requested driver’s location at all times. But, Uber is not flawless and there are instances when an Uber car crashes.

Uber Car Crashes are Complex

In an accident where Uber is involved, several potential individuals, companies, and insurance companies may be responsible for your damages. In this way, Uber car crash cases can be extremely complex.

For example, most Uber cars are owned by individuals, and their insurance may or may not cover the Uber car crash. Uber has tried to distance itself from its drivers when they behave negligently behind the wheel or are deemed ‘at-fault’ for a motor vehicle accident. However, more recent cases have shown that Uber can share in the liability.

If you have been injured in a car crash involving an Uber ride vehicle, can help. We can discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with you and can file claims against all necessary parties on your behalf, helping to maximize your potential recovery.

Employees versus Independent Contractors

Although Uber requires its drivers to undergo thorough background checks and carry their own motor vehicle insurance, Uber drivers are not employees of Uber. Rather, they are independent contractors. The difference between an employee and an independent contractor largely rests with the amount of control the company has over the worker, whether the worker sets his or her own schedule, and how the worker is paid (e.g., salary versus contract work). In the world of personal injury lawsuits, this distinction can make a significant difference.

In past cases, Uber has tried to distance itself from its drivers when they behave negligently behind the wheel or are deemed ‘at-fault’ for a motor vehicle accident. However, more recent laws have required Uber to cover its riders, but a coverage gap remains in many Uber car crashes.

If you are an Uber Driver, Louisiana insurers are now offering a few options for coverage for your business.

Responsible Parties

In the case of a car crash involving a negligent Uber driver, the following parties could potentially share in the liability:

  • The Uber driver
  • Uber – the company
  • The insurance company

As an experienced Baton Rouge Car Crash Attorney, Ed Kramer and the Personal Injury Law Firm can help you. Typically, claims are made against all of these parties in order to safeguard liability and maximize the potential recovery in the case. However, each of these entities will often attempt to have an injured plaintiff sign an agreement that potentially limits settlement and/or prohibits the injured plaintiff from taking further legal action.

An injured plaintiff should never sign such an agreement (at least without first consulting with a lawyer), as he or she could potentially lose thousands of dollars in recovery and/or monetary damages.

Furthermore, studies have shown that “Settlement Mills” may not fight for your maximum case value and succumb to advising you to accept a “quick check.”

How Much is Your Uber Car Crash Case Worth?

Many people who are injured in Uber car crashes are anxious to find out the value of their personal injury case.  But, like car accidents, there are many unique factors to each case. There is no way to determine how much a case is worth without conducting a thorough analysis of all of the facts. Any estimate of what your case is worth is merely speculation until the facts of the case are all established and the case actually settles or a judge or jury make an award.

In many car accidents, the following damages are to be considered, both in the future and in the past:

  • medical expenses
  • lost income
  • property damage
  • physical and emotional pain and suffering

Like in most accidents, a few of the considerations that can affect the value of your Uber car crash claim are:

  • Your occupation
  • The severity of your injuries
  • Your age
  • Your prognosis
  • Whether you were partially at fault for your accident

Contact a Baton Rouge Uber Car Crash Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been injured in an Uber car crash, you need experienced legal representation. The Uber company, like many companies and insurers, has a vast number of attorneys and lobbyists at its disposal who will use all legal means necessary to limit – or eliminate – Uber’s potential liability exposure. Personal Injury Law Firm offers free consultations in Uber car crash and other accident casesTo schedule a free consultation with a Baton Rouge Uber car crash attorney, call today at (225) 933-1500 or contact us online.