By now, most people are probably familiar with ridesharing services. What makes these services so appealing is the cheap costs and level of convenience offered to riders. Both qualities are valued in today’s post recession and technology driven society.
Unfortunately, though, the relatively new nature of ridesharing translates to confusion over the rights of passengers. Let’s say your Uber driver is involved in an accident while driving you to your destination. You might be wondering if you are eligible to recover compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash. Lucky for you, the answer is yes. Contact an experienced Philadelphia Uber accident attorney at Kwartler Manus today.
Are You Entitled to Compensation for an Uber Accident Injury?
If you are involved and/or injured in an accident while using Uber, you are entitled to compensation regardless of who is at fault. Compensation will likely come from your Uber driver’s insurance, the other driver’s insurance or Uber insurance. Uber has an insurance policy that will pay out up to 1 million dollars in an accident case caused by the driver.
Usually, you may be offered settlements from various insurance companies that are involved with the accident. You are not mandated to accept any settlement offers, and you shouldn’t, especially before talking to a lawyer. It happens all too often, where insurance companies undervalue your claim hoping that you will accept it so you can no longer bring in a lawsuit or ask for money from the insurance company.
An experienced Philadelphia Uber accident lawyer will help you:
- Properly value your claim
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Assist in the investigation of the accident
- Help you with any paperwork
You should call 911 immediately following an Uber accident. You should also do the following:
- Acquire the contact and insurance information of your driver and anyone else involved
- Take pictures of the scene
- Visit a doctor or hospital
If you do not go to the hospital instantly after the accident, you need to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Any signs of discomfort or unusual pain could be an underlying issue that you want addressed right away. Car accidents are known to have delayed symptoms so visiting a doctor who can perform an examination and tests is your best option.
It can be tough to find someone willing to pay for injuries sustained in an Uber accident. Uber does carry liability insurance, but one needs to know it is considered secondary insurance. Basically this means the Uber insurance company wants the driver’s insurance to pay first before anything else. Most personal auto insurance companies will not pay claims for commercial activities which causes confusion.
As previously mentioned, Uber has a 1 million dollar insurance policy for its drivers, passengers and third parties that may be injured in an accident. What is unfortunate though, is that it isn’t uncommon for Uber to deny insurance claims. This only proves that working with an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the entire process and help you receive the compensation you deserve is crucial.
It is very unlikely that drivers who carelessly cause an accident while in between transporting passengers will receive money from Uber. The driver may then follow suit since their own personal insurance will be involved with the accident.
Call Kwartler Manus After a Philadelphia Uber Accident
The experienced Philadelphia Uber accident attorneys at Kwartler Manus have worked alongside countless clients over the years. We offer the highest quality legal team when needed most. We take great pride in going the extra mile for our clients with individual attention and high-end services. If you have been involved in a Philadelphia Uber accident, contact us online or by phone at 267-457-5570 to schedule a complimentary consultation.