So it’s Friday night, and you decide to use Uber to meet your friends at the movies. You select the first Uber driver who pops up on the Uber app and wait for them outside of your job. Annoyingly, your driver arrives late and is somewhat rude once you’re inside the car. As they pull off, you smell alcohol and notice a brown bag in the suspicious shape of a liquor bottle.
Immediately your instincts tell you to get out of the car. However, before you can open your mouth, the driver rear-ends a vehicle stopped at the red light. You black out and wake up in a hospital with severe traumatic brain damage. Not only are you experiencing pain like never before, but doctors warn you that you may permanently have trouble focusing.
The scene above is just one of the many ways you can experience an auto accident while using Uber, and you deserve compensation if you find yourself hurt in an Uber accident caused by someone’s negligence. Whether your crash is the result of your Uber driver’s actions or another party’s, there are ways you can obtain compensation for your Uber accident damages.
Who Is to Blame in Your Uber Accident?
Assuming your accident isn’t the direct result of another driver, placing blame in an Uber accident is a very complicated process. Yes, you can pursue an Uber accident claim against an Uber driver who’s directly responsible for your accident, but directly suing Uber is another matter entirely.
One way that Uber manages to keep their business afloat and avoid always suffering from significant lawsuits is by labeling their Uber drivers as contract workers instead of direct Uber employees. Having a distinction such as this gives Uber plenty of wiggle room against would-be significant lawsuits, which could potentially ruin them.
Uber Settlement Offers
Another way Uber attempts to avoid direct lawsuits is by offering settlements as significant $1 million for some accidents. Uber’s liability insurance covers Uber passengers whenever they enter an Uber vehicle and ends when they exit their Uber driver’s car.
Naturally, your settlement offer will likely relate to the severity of your Uber damages. For example, the chances of you receiving a $1 million settlement offer from Uber increase when the damages from your Uber accident include permanent injuries.
When Should You Sue Uber?
Although Uber can offer you a humongous settlement, not all Uber accidents are resolved in this way. You may feel that the settlement offer you receive is far less than you deserve for your damages. When you feel as if Uber isn’t offering you a fair settlement, you always have an option to sue them directly.
However, as stated earlier, Uber will not make achieving your compensation an easy process. Because of their policies, Uber can make filing a claim against them a very lengthy process. When it comes to situations such as this, reaching out to a rideshare accident attorney can help you decide what’s the best option for you to take.
Consult an Uber Accident Attorney
Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP understands that deciding whether or not to accept an Uber settlement or pursue a lawsuit against Uber can be confusing and stressful. Reaching out to one of our Uber accident lawyers can help you decide how you handle the aftermath of your accident.
Calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or filling out the online contact form at the bottom of this page will allow you to contact one of our Uber accident lawyers.