Uber is swiftly taking over the commercial transportation industry. As of July 2016, Uber passengers had taken more than 2 billion rides, and according to Forbes, the rideshare giant adds more than 50,000 new drivers each month. However, just like any other motorist, Uber drivers are not immune to accidents.
So who is liable for damages after an Uber wreck? The answer to this question depends on several factors – namely, the cause of the crash and whether the driver was considered to be on the clock.
If you were hurt in an Uber or Lyft crash, turn to The Truman Law Firm P.C. Ronald W. Truman is an accident attorney in Utah who will evaluate your case and explain how he will help you recover the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.
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Who Is Liable for Damages after an Uber Accident?
After most car accidents, the insurance provider of the driver who caused the crash will pay for damages. However, Uber wrecks are more complicated because there are several insurance policies in play.
When determining insurance liability, your injury lawyer will need to know the cause of the crash. If you were a passenger in an Uber that was hit by another vehicle, then the latter’s insurance provider should pay the damages.
If the Uber driver caused the wreck, then your accident attorney will investigate whether the Uber driver was on the clock when the crash happened. If the Uber driver was not on the clock, then his or her personal insurance should pay the damages.
Uber carries commercial vehicle insurance, which pays for damages if a driver causes a crash while on the clock. However, Uber’s insurance policy will only pay compensation if the driver was carrying passengers at the time of the wreck. As such, if an Uber driver drops off passengers and then hits a pedestrian, then the driver’s personal insurance should pay the damages.
Determining liability is just one step in making an insurance claim. Recovering fair compensation is often an uphill battle, and a minor oversight could reduce the amount of compensation that you recover or prevent you from recovering any compensation at all.
The best way to avoid critical mistakes during the claims process is to hire an experienced injury lawyer. Ronald W. Truman will interview witnesses, gather evidence, evaluate doctors’ records and the police report, and help you fight for the maximum compensation.
Mr. Truman understands the tactics that insurance providers use to deny and undervalue claims, and he will use his knowledge and resources to represent your interests. Call 435-986-2222 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident attorney in Utah.