As an accident victim, you (or your loved one) are entitled to compensation. However, it can be difficult to get compensation from a ridesharing company like Uber and its insurer. Even if they do compensate you, they may offer only a portion of what you deserve.
A lawyer from Kaine Law can help you get your due compensation. Your lawyer will have experience holding large companies and their insurers to account, negotiating settlements with them, and litigating cases. We’ll tell you more about your Atlanta Uber accident lawyer during a free consultation.
Does Uber Maintain Insurance for Their Drivers, Passengers, or Others?
Uber hires their drivers as independent contractors covered by their own personal or commercial car insurance. However, Uber covers their drivers with additional insurance. This insurance is for situations that may involve Uber, like car accidents that occur while the driver is actively logged into the Uber app. Uber also offers insurance covering passengers, pedestrians, other drivers, and any other people harmed in accidents involving their drivers.
Uber’s insurance is also available when the driver is at fault and uninsured or underinsured, but coverage also depends on the driver’s status on the app.
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Who Is Responsible for Accidents Involving Uber?
Either the driver or Uber itself is likely responsible for an accident. The driver would be responsible if they were not technically providing an Uber service at the time of the accident, and Uber would be responsible if the driver was providing an Uber service at that time. This all depends on the driver’s status on the app at the time of the accident, such as whether they were en route with a passenger or waiting to match up with one.
Additionally, a third party, like another driver or the local agency that oversees the road, may bear a portion of the liability for the accident.
An Atlanta Uber accident lawyer from our firm can determine which party is responsible in your personal injury case and then help you pursue compensation from that party’s insurance or possibly both parties’ insurance.
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How Can I Prove Fault in an Uber Accident Case?
One of our firm’s lawyers can prove fault for you. It can be difficult to do, as it requires establishing the elements of negligence. These are:
- Duty of care (the driver or company’s responsibility to act carefully in order to prevent harm to customers and others)
- Breach of duty (the irresponsible action)
- Causation (the action causing the accident)
- Damages (the losses you suffer or incur)
To prove fault, your lawyer will also have to collect evidence of the other party’s negligence and fault. In your case, this evidence could be:
- Uber app data showing the driver’s work status during the incident
- Information from the event data recorder in the Uber vehicle
- A witness’s cell phone photos or footage of the accident scene
- Your medical records since the incident
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What Are Some Causes of Uber Accidents in Atlanta?
There can be many factors in an Uber accident. Certain factors involve the driver, while others involve the company itself. In your case, the main factor and cause may have been:
- Distracted driving: Uber drivers can be distracted easily. For example, they can receive a ride assignment while they’re already on an assignment, which can distract them. A distraction can easily lead to an accident, and the driver can be held liable.
- Reckless driving: The driver in your case may have been negligent by driving recklessly. For instance, they may have ignored a traffic sign.
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance: Uber drivers are responsible for maintaining their vehicles. If the vehicle in your case was poorly maintained, the driver may be held responsible for the accident.
- Inadequate driver screening: Uber screens their drivers, such as by doing background checks on them. Uber can be held liable if its screening procedures fail to screen out a poor driver who causes an accident.
- A road hazard: Neither the driver nor the company may be responsible for your accident. The local government may be responsible if they left a hazard on the road, which caused your accident.
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What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in an Uber Accident Case?
Seeking compensation begins with assigning liability for your losses. If the driver in your case was responsible for the accident, you can file a claim with their insurer, and your compensation will be limited to what the policy provides. If Uber was responsible, you can file with its insurance provider.
Your compensation also depends on which damages a policy covers. For example, insurance may not cover your pain and suffering and certain other damages. Your compensation depends on other factors, too, such as the driver’s status on the app.
How One of Our Attorneys Can Help
An Atlanta Uber accident attorney from our firm can do a lot to help you get your due compensation. Your attorney can:
- Help you meet the deadline for a lawsuit at any point in your case, as per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33
- Collect evidence and corroborating evidence of your damages, such as a medical expert’s written statement
- Establish the driver or Uber’s negligence and their liability for your damages
- Determine the actual value of all of your damages, including your non-financial damages, and convey their value to the insurer
- Demand Uber compensates you for certain damages, such as your pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, and lost wages
- Negotiate your settlement with the insurer or, if necessary, litigate your case for a jury verdict
About Our Uber Accident Lawyers in Atlanta
The attorneys from our firm have decades of experience handling personal injury cases, like yours, almost exclusively. Many of our cases involve Uber, its drivers, and large insurance companies, so we know how to handle these entities. We’ve had excellent results over the years, including the following:
- $11 million for a car accident victim
- $5.75 million for a victim of an accident involving a roadway defect
- $4.33 million for a DUI car accident victim
Additionally, our lead attorney, attorney Evan Kaine, qualified for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial attorneys who have had multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.
To learn more about our team, watch our video on the Top 5 Reasons Why Kaine Law Is Right for You.
Contact Us for an Uber Accident Attorney in Atlanta, GA
You can consult with our firm for free. During your consultation, we’ll explain how one of our Atlanta Uber accident attorneys can work for you (or your injured loved one) at no cost unless your attorney is successful with your case. After your consultation, if you decide to hire one of our attorneys, your attorney will do everything they can to recover the compensation you deserve.
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