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Uber accident: Know your Rights 5 Essential Facts

In our fast-paced modern lives, we’ve all grown accustomed to a simpler and quicker way of getting what we want and that includes getting where we want to go much faster. Hailing a cab has become as easy as opening an app on our phone and hitting ‘find me a ride’, instantly pinging a driver on Uber or Lyft. But what happens when this goes wrong and you get into a Uber accident? This is when an experienced Uber accident lawyer becomes indispensable.

If you were using an Uber or Lyft ride and your driver was involved in an accident- where should you even start with your legal rights as a passenger and can you file a legal case against someone self-employed? As experienced Uber accident lawyers, we can guide you through this process. Our blog covers what commercial vehicle accidents mean and why they have increased in America recently with the introduction of Uber, Lyft, and many others.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who have been in an Uber accident and are skilled in negotiating Uber accident settlement amounts. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in person at our nearby offices, over the phone, or via video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts and with negotiating Uber accident settlement amounts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.

5 Essential Facts About Uber Accident

  1. Uber’s Insurance Policy: Uber carries a $1 million liability policy that covers personal injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist injury for every ride in the U.S. However, this policy is in effect only when the driver is actively transporting a passenger or on the way to pick one up.
  2. Driver Classification: Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. This distinction can complicate liability issues in an Uber accident, as the company may attempt to deny responsibility for the actions of its drivers.
  3. Increase in Accidents: Studies suggest that the rise of rideshare companies like Uber has led to an increase in traffic accidents. Factors such as driver inexperience, lack of vehicle maintenance, and long hours on the road contribute to this trend.
  4. Passenger Rights: As a passenger, you have the right to expect a safe ride. If you’re injured in an Uber accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages.
  5. Legal Support: Seeking legal support from an experienced Uber accident lawyer can significantly enhance your chances of receiving adequate compensation. They can guide you through the complex process and help you understand potential Uber accident settlement.

Commercial Vehicle and Uber Accidents

While many people use Uber and Lyft and enjoy the convenience they offer, studies suggest that since instant ride or rideshare companies have emerged and become popular there are more accidents on roadways. This is largely down to the length of time, inexperience, and consistency these drivers spend on the roads, leaving them much more likely to have an accident. It’s also very easy to become an Uber driver-, in many states, you just need a car! It sadly also means they can use a car that may not be regularly maintained or serviced, using a vehicle that may not even be road-worthy which can cause you to get into an Uber accident.

Licensed taxis and private drivers have certain criteria to fit before they become licensed to become commercial vehicles. This means if they have an accident when they’re a passenger, they will be protected both by their employer and their insurance company which will be specifically designed to cover accidents. However, Uber and Lyft as well as other ride app companies hire their staff on a ‘self-employed’ basis, meaning the drivers will have to have their own insurance and legal protection in place should an accident happen whilst they’re working.

 Your legal rights using rideshares and commercial vehicles

The issue with the introduction of companies like Uber and even ride-share companies like Lyft is the regulation of commercial vehicles as the law can protect passengers as well as drivers if they’re not technically employed by anyone. This doesn’t mean however you have no legal rights if you’re involved in an accident when using one of these services. Being involved in any kind of accident is traumatic enough but when you’ve trusted in a driver to transport you safely, it can feel much worse. As experienced Uber accident lawyers, we can help you understand your rights and potential Uber accident settlement amounts.

Our team here in Chandler, Arizona, often sees auto accidents involving drivers from Uber and other lift-share companies and can offer clear, concise legal advice about what to do next. You must be aware of your rights from a legal perspective when you’re involved in a commercial vehicle accident. As an Uber accident lawyer would tell you, understanding potential Uber accident settlement amounts is also crucial.

Get Help Now 

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their injuries, including those from Uber accidents in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in an Uber accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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