When you need to get across Los Angeles in a hurry, ordering an Uber is undoubtedly the most convenient option. However, it isn’t always safe. Since Uber drivers do not receive any specialized training, it is becoming increasingly common for them to get into accidents as they speed to their destinations.
If you were recently injured in an accident involving a ridesharing vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for your medical bills and other expenses. To claim it, however, you will need to enlist the services of an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer. Luckily, you can find plenty of those right here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC.
How Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You with Your Uber Accident Case
At KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, we believe that Californians who are injured in an Uber accident should be fully compensated for their damages. When you ask us to help you with your fight for financial restitution, we will:
Handle Your Case’s Administrative Load
As you might expect, the process of pursuing compensation after an Uber accident generally involves a sizable amount of administrative work. From filing the paperwork with the court to corresponding with the other party’s insurer and everything in between, the list of tasks to complete can quickly become overwhelming.
Fortunately, when you work with our experienced legal team, you won’t need to worry about your case’s administrative load. Our attorneys and paralegals will file every document and respond to every email on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence You Need to Prove Your Case
The claims that you make as part of your Uber accident compensation claim are only as strong as the evidence you can provide to support them. If you cannot prove that the other party’s negligence caused your injury, you are unlikely to receive the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, in Los Angeles have been working in the legal field for many years. During that time, we have become experts at searching for the evidence our clients need to prove their claims. When you hire us, we will work tirelessly to try to find evidence that will help your case.
Negotiate with the Other Party’s Insurer
Insurance companies rarely want to take Uber accident compensation claims all the way to trial. Instead, they generally prefer to resolve them by agreeing to a fair settlement deal with the plaintiff. Should you wish to explore such a deal, you would be wise to employ an experienced attorney to help negotiate its terms.
Over the years, our lawyers have negotiated with countless insurance adjusters. As such, we understand what they need to see and hear before they will consider improving their settlement offers. When we represent you, we will use all of our knowledge and skill to try to negotiate a favorable deal for you.
Would you like to have our Uber accident lawyers help you fight for the compensation you deserve? If so, please give us a call and set up a free consultation at our convenient Los Angeles law offices.
Common Causes of Uber Accidents in Los Angeles
At any given time, there are thousands of Ubers driving around the streets of Los Angeles. As such, it is almost inevitable that several of them will get into accidents every day.
A short sampling of some of the main reasons why Uber accidents happen would include:
When searching for a fare or taking a passenger to their destination, Uber drivers often spend a great deal of time looking at their phones. In doing so, they take their attention off the road ahead. As a result, they regularly get into accidents when they fail to notice vehicles braking in front of them or a pedestrian crossing the street.
Because Uber drivers get paid on a per-journey basis, they are incentivized to get their passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, when they attempt to traverse the city in a hurry, they often blow through stop signs and change lanes without using their blinkers. These reckless actions frequently cause them to collide with other vehicles.
Uber does not have any meaningful safeguards in place to prevent its drivers from activating their app after they have been drinking. As such, it is not unheard of for drivers to attempt to transport passengers while their blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit. Unfortunately, their attempts often result in accidents.
Poorly Maintained Vehicles
Uber drivers typically own the vehicles that they use to transport passengers from place to place. As such, they are not always as well-maintained as a car that is owned and operated by a licensed cab company. As a result, it is not unusual for Ubers to malfunction or break and get into an accident.
No matter how your Los Angeles Uber accident occurred, the attorneys here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, are always available to help you fight for compensation. When you are ready to get the legal process started, simply drop us a line and arrange an initial consultation with a member of our team.
Common Injuries Sustained in Los Angeles Uber Accidents
Every Uber accident is unique. However, they all have the potential to cause severe injuries. A brief list of some of the most common injuries sustained by the victims of crashes of this nature would include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured bones
- Eye injuries
Have you been injured while traveling with a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft? Then you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your legal options, all you need to do is reach out to the team here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, in Los Angeles.
Assigning Liability in Los Angeles Uber Accident Cases
In many personal injury cases, it is relatively easy to identify the person or business that is liable for the victim’s damages. For instance, when an individual is bitten by a dog, the animal’s owner is almost always the responsible party.
For Uber accidents, assigning liability is a little more complicated. That’s because the responsible party varies depending on how the Uber app was being used at the time of the collision:
Uber App Not Active
Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees of the company. As such, if they get into a crash while their app is not turned on, Uber typically does not provide them with any insurance coverage. Therefore, individuals who get into accidents with Ubers that are not currently active generally have to claim compensation through the driver’s personal insurance policy.
Uber App Active and Searching for Fares
When they log into their app and begin searching for fares, Uber drivers immediately become covered by the ridesharing company’s insurance policy. This policy offers the following limits:
- $25,000 of property damage coverage per accident
- $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per person
- $100,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident
People who get into accidents with Uber drivers that are currently searching for fares should, therefore, pursue compensation through the ridesharing company’s insurance policy.
Uber App Active with a Passenger On-Board
When a passenger enters the vehicle, Uber’s insurance coverage increases to:
- $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage
- Underinsured and uninsured bodily injury coverage
- Collision and comprehensive coverage up to the actual cash value of a vehicle
Uber accident victims can use this extensive policy to recover compensation if their injury was caused by a driver with a passenger on-board.
The attorneys here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, have been helping Uber accident victims fight for compensation for years. To have us review your case and let you know how you should pursue financial restitution, just give us a call or contact us online.
Statute of Limitations for California Uber Accident Lawsuits
In California, the standard statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years. As such, individuals who get into Uber accidents must usually begin the process of filing for compensation within two years of the date their crash occurred.
This general rule does not apply to all situations, however. For instance, if an Uber accident victim does not become aware of their injuries until a few weeks after their crash, the countdown timer on their two-year statute of limitations does not begin until the day they are diagnosed by their doctor.
If you believe that the statutory window for your Uber accident case may be closing soon, please reach out to the KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, legal team in Los Angeles today. We may be able to expedite your paperwork to ensure that you meet your filing deadline.
A Skilled and Experienced Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer
The lawyers here at KJ Injury & Accident Lawyers, PC, are dedicated to providing the people of Los Angeles with top exceptional legal services. If you have been injured in an Uber accident and need help filing for compensation, you can count on us to be there for you. To set up a free consultation with a member of our team, all you need to do is shoot us a message online.