Obviously, ridesharing companies like Uber have changed the way Americans get around their city. Uber makes getting around more convenient, which is why millions of people use their app to arrange for a car to take them to their destination. Thankfully, most Uber riders get to their destination without a problem, but Uber drivers have also caused many accidents, and many Uber passengers are hurt when their Uber is hit by another car.
Uber is well aware that accidents will happen, which is why the company carries huge insurance policies to pay out Uber accident claims. Over the years, passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and many others have received Uber accident settlement amounts that pay for all their medical care and other short- and long-term damages caused by an accident involving a negligent Uber driver, or a negligent driver that hits their Uber. The lawyers at FVF know how to handle Uber accidents to make sure you get the best Uber accident settlement possible.
Like all personal injury settlements, your Uber accident settlement amount will depend on the circumstances of your individual case. The most important factors to consider when trying to determine what settlement to expect include:
You probably won’t know how much your Uber accident settlement will be until all these factors have been fully explored and evaluated. This can take considerable time, but failing to be patient and get sound legal advice can result in a settlement that is tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars less than you are entitled to.
Because each case is unique, it is very difficult to give a precise estimate of the timeline. Uber accident cases often take longer to resolve than other car accidents, however. Because Uber drivers are contractors, part of the work of your case will be discovering who is responsible for your damages: the driver, Uber, or both. Additionally, there are a few factors that can impact the length of your case.
The simple answer to that question is, of course you can. However, getting compensation in the form of an Uber accident settlement will not be easy, especially if you try to do it on your own. You should consult with a personal injury lawyer in any car accident, but especially when dealing with a company the size of Uber. Being a large company, their natural inclination is to pay out as little as possible, in order to preserve their bottom line. Even though each settlement is paid by their insurance company, the more liability they have, the higher their premiums go, and the greater the impact on their bottom line. Therefore, like most large companies, they and their insurance carriers will do everything possible to avoid paying. The lawyers at FVF know this very well and we are prepared to deal with the insurance companies and Uber so you don’t have to.
One important thing to note here is that Uber drivers are independent contractors; they are not considered employees. This is a distinction Uber tries to use to their advantage. Uber drivers’ liability is also complicated by the fact that drivers also carry their own personal insurance, which often exclude accidents that occur on the job. If the accident happens between fares, or while the Uber driver is on their way to pick up the fare, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy may try to deny coverage. Therefore, it is entirely possible to find yourself in an accident with an Uber driver and having to deal with multiple insurance adjusters, all attempting to deny coverage. Having skilled Uber Accident Lawyers at your side when dealing with an Uber accident is important, and FVF consistently have success resolving Uber accident cases.
Holding the right party or parties accountable involves investigation, resources, and energy. There are many twists and turns in the insurance maze presented in Uber accident cases. Here are some basic guidelines:
It’s important to remember that Uber claims their drivers are not employees and they and their insurance adjusters will use their “independent contractor” status to avoid paying out anything. They are often successful at avoiding responsibility, even in cases in which their driver was drunk or distracted at the time of the accident. Uber also requires all drivers to sign an agreement in which they promise to take on all responsibility and defend Uber when someone sues them after an accident. There are potentially some loopholes to get Uber on the hook when one of their drivers causes a crash, but those circumstanes are limited.
When you are in an accident with an Uber driver, numerous parties will probably point fingers at each other and deny responsibility for causing the accident. That does not mean no one receives an Uber accident settlement. There are specific steps FVF will always take right after the accident to hold the responsible parties accountable and get the compensation you deserve under the law. Here’s what everyone should do after any car accident involving a company like Uber.
You could try to fight a claim on your own by going through Uber and the driver’s personal insurance company, but keep in mind, they both have billions of dollars at their disposal, as well as plenty of incentive to try not to pay you anything, or as little as possible. Dealing with insurance companies can be brutal and feel demoralizing. Getting an experienced Uber Accident Lawyer, like the personal injury lawyers at FVF, to fight for you will bring you greater peace of mind because they know how to deal with insurance companies in a way that brings the best possible Uber accident settlement for your case.
Don’t settle for the first lawyer you find. You want someone who will listen to you, educate you about your rights and options, create a strategy that works best for you and your case, and advocate for you to maximize your recovery. With over 70 years’ combined experience, the lawyers at FVF can help you.
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