Campbell Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber and other rideshare services have become a regular part of our daily lives. They offer a convenient and affordable way to commute, in a package that many consider more approachable and available than traditional taxis. Rideshare drivers are human, however. Uber drivers speed, they drive while distracted, they drive while drowsy, and they drive while intoxicated. When an Uber driver crashes, they are likely to hurt not only other motorists but also their passengers, to whom they owe a duty of safe, responsible driving. Anyone injured in an Uber crash has the right to just compensation for the harm they have suffered.
The situation is just as scary for Uber drivers themselves, who are putting themselves on the road to make a living and are constantly at risk of getting hit by a drunk, negligent or distracted driver. If a negligent rideshare driver crashes, whether you were another driver on the road or a passenger in the Uber at the time, you have the right to recover damages. Likewise, if you were driving for Uber and were hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need professional legal help to guide you through the hurdles to make sure you get the care and compensation you need. The dedicated Campbell Uber accident lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm have years of experience recovering compensation for clients injured in rideshare accidents as well as auto crashes of all kinds. We offer tailored, personalized representation to ensure that you and your claims get the full, considered attention that you deserve.
Rideshare Accident Statistics
Conventional wisdom suggests that rideshare companies like Uber make the roads safer because they consolidate commuters and reduce the incidence of drunk driving. Uber’s busiest times are weekend nights when revelers are heading to or from a bar or party and do not want to be bothered with driving while they are consuming alcohol. Recent studies, however, show that the rise of rideshare services might not have caused the safe driving boom people expected.
According to a study from the University of Chicago and Rice University, traffic deaths have actually increased across the U.S. since 2011, around the time that Uber became a popular and ubiquitous service. That represents an additional 1,100 traffic fatalities per year. Part of the reason is due to “deadheading” — rideshare drivers spend about half of their time on the road cruising around waiting for fares. There has also been a corresponding decrease in the use of public transportation. These combined factors have contributed to a significant increase in traffic congestion, which ups the risk for a serious accident.
According to Uber’s own safety report, there were at least 97 Uber-related traffic fatalities in 2017 and 2018. There were likely many more nonfatal injury crashes, but the numbers are hard to track down. It is also important to take Uber’s figures with a grain of salt, especially given the study discussed above. If you or your loved one was killed or injured in an Uber accident, you have the right to recover damages. Speak with a seasoned Uber accident attorney at Solution Now Law Firm for help.
Recovering Damages After a Campbell Uber Crash
If you were involved in an accident with an Uber driver, whether as a passenger or as an occupant of another car on the road, you might have claims for recovery against both the Uber driver and Uber. Uber is responsible for the conduct of its drivers while they are on the job, just as is every other company. Uber’s liability for the crash will depend, in part, on whether the driver was in the middle of a ride at the time of the collision or was instead getting ready to turn on their app and start their shift.
Uber provides insurance coverage for its drivers. Collecting full damages from an insurance policy sponsored by Uber is potentially easier than filing a claim against an individual driver if Uber is legally responsible. The level of insurance protection Uber provides depends on the status of the driver at the time of the crash. Under Uber’s policies, drivers are covered as follows:
- When the app is off. Uber provides no insurance. The driver is responsible for maintaining the minimum insurance coverage required by California law.
- When the driver is logged on, but the driver has not yet been connected to a passenger. Uber provides third-party liability coverage of $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.
- When the driver is traveling to pick up a passenger or is already taking a passenger to their destination. Uber provides $1 million of third-party liability coverage, as well as uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage. It also provides comprehensive and collision coverage, with a $1,000 deductible, as long as the driver has their own collision coverage policy.
What if you were driving for Uber and hit by a speeding or otherwise negligent driver? If the accident occurred during a trip or while en route to pick up a rider, Uber’s insurance coverage includes contingent collision and comprehensive insurance that shores up your own collision and comprehensive coverage for property damage up to the actual value of your car, minus a $1,000 deductible. If the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance or is uninsured, Uber covers any injuries to you and your riders with uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) bodily injury coverage. Solution Now Law Firm helps Uber drivers everyday who get injured in a crash through no fault of their own, and we can help you too.
A dedicated and knowledgeable Uber accident lawyer at Solution Now Law Firm can help you explore your options for recovery, and build your strongest case to maximize your available damages after an Uber crash.
Call Solution Now Law Firm for Personalized and Effective Help After a Campbell Uber Accident
Solution Now Law Firm is ready to help if you or someone you care about has been injured in an Uber accident in Campbell, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, or across the Bay Area. We will work with you personally, learn the details of your case, create a strategy that is unique to your claim, and do our best to fight for your rightful compensation. Our seasoned auto accident team will be by your side at all stages of the case to ensure you get the advice and representation you need. Please call us at 408-256-2871 or reach out online to arrange a free case evaluation.