Uber is a great option for getting from one place to another without having to worry about driving yourself or sharing space on public transportation. However, as with any time you get into a car, you run the risk of being involved in an accident. If you are involved in an accident while a passenger in Uber, or even if you are serving as a driver for Uber, you may be wondering who is liable for your injuries.
Ride share drivers in Texas are considered independent contractors, which means that they work for themselves and not actually for Uber directly. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that ride share accident victims can’t recover from Uber.
Uber’s Insurance Policy
Victims of Uber accidents may seek recovery from Uber’s insurance policy under certain circumstances. Uber has a $1 million insurance policy for damages should an accident occur. If the driver is on duty at the time of the accident, Uber’s coverage will help to supplement the insurance of the driver. If the Uber driver’s insurance policy falls short of the damages, Uber itself may pay out for the remaining damages. An attorney can help you with your accident claim – here’s how.
1. An attorney can help conduct important research and help you to handle an insurance claim against Uber.
Certain things may mean that Uber will be held liable for the accident. For instance, if the accident was caused by the driver who was intoxicated at the time and had a history of DWIs, which were not discovered because the company didn’t conduct a background check, Uber may be liable for negligence. A qualified attorney is able to handle an insurance claim against Uber
2. An attorney can help you to understand Uber’s insurance policy.
Insurance policies in general can be really complicated. So, it’s no surprise that understanding Uber’s insurance policy and when the company is – and isn’t – liable can be quite confusing. An attorney can help you to understand Uber’s insurance policy and what you may be entitled to.
3. An attorney can help you to negotiate and receive the amount you actually deserve.
Since insurance companies don’t like to pay out for accidents, their adjusters will commonly try to convince victims to settle for far less than what they should be entitled to. An attorney understands what’s fair and reasonable – and what’s not – and can help you to receive an amount that you deserve for your injuries. The attorney can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in an Uber Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!