Any auto accident is a traumatic experience, and the aftermath is liable to be stressful. This is even more true if you were injured and if there are any extra insurance problems. Uber auto claims with an injury fall into both categories.
Here’s everything you need to know about Uber auto claims and potential Uber accident settlement amounts.
What to Do When the Accident Happens
The proper response to an auto accident doesn’t start when you walk into a courtroom. It starts the moment the accident happens. So if you’re a passenger in an Uber accident, you want to call 911, just as you would after any car accident. There are two reasons to do this.
First, you need to file a police report about the accident. In fact, the Uber driver should already have called the police, as should the driver of any other vehicle involved. But if people are hurt, it never hurts to be sure.
When you speak to the police, make sure to speak clearly and to state only facts. It’s understandable that you might have some strong feelings, but do your best to be objective. Whatever you do, never lie to the police; that’s always a bad idea.
The second reason to call 911 is to ensure that anyone who’s hurt receives appropriate treatment. Remember, injuries are not always apparent immediately when they happen. Adrenaline is a powerful pain reliever, and shock can also dull pain.
You may have a cracked rib or a broken wrist that you don’t know about. Not only that, but internal injuries can be difficult to detect if you’re not a qualified physician. If there’s any question of injury whatsoever, a trip to the emergency room is in order.
Finally, when you’re at the scene, take some photos, or even a video. These can be incredibly helpful for settling an insurance claim.
How Does Uber Driver Liability Work?
So how does liability work when you’re injured in a rideshare accident? In California, it depends on who was at fault. In the case where the Uber driver caused the accident, you’ll have to file a claim with Uber’s insurance company.
By law, they’re required to carry a $1 million insurance policy for each driver, covering personal injury as well as property damage. This insurance is in effect from the time the driver accepts your request until they mark the ride complete.
If the other driver was at fault, you’ll need to file a claim against that driver instead. In this case, it might be harder to get compensation, since that driver might not have insurance or might not have sufficient insurance. If they don’t have the means to pay for your injury, there’s no money to sue for.
Get the Representation You Need
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare vehicle, you need an experienced lawyer you can trust. Wells Call Injury Lawyers is a California legal team with offices in Fairfield, Napa, Richmond, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Woodland. We’ve been practicing since 1984 and accept all kinds of personal injury cases, not just Uber crashes. Contact us today for a free consultation.