Experienced Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident and an Uber vehicle was involved, call Allen Vaysberg today for a free consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars for injured accident victims in the greater Los Angeles and southern California area.

What is a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer?

An “Uber accident lawyer” is a lawyer who specializes in practicing personal injury law and has experience working with car accident claims and ridesharing companies such as Uber. We have successfully handled multiple claims against Uber and were one of the first law firms in Los Angeles handling Uber injury claims.

Who can file an injury claim after an Uber accident?

Anyone who was injured due to someone’s negligence has the right to be compensated for those injuries.

A few possibilities include:

  • A driver or passenger injured by an Uber driver who was at fault.
  • An Uber driver who was injured by another driver.
  • An injured passenger in an Uber vehicle, regardless of which driver is at fault.

What is Uber?

As of 2018, most people in California know what Uber is, however, we are asked this question often. Not everyone has used Uber and plenty of people have no idea what it means to be involved in an accident with Uber.

In California, Uber is known as a Transportation Network Company (TNC). As a TNC, Uber was required to obtain  special licenses from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

How Uber works:

  • Uber for passengers: Passengers open the Uber app on their smart phone and select a destination and pick up point. A nearby Uber driver responds to the request for pickup, and usually within minutes the ride arrives and picks up the passengers and transports them to their destination. The Uber app saves people time and money and is more convenient than taking a traditional taxicab.
  • Uber for drivers: Uber drivers turn on their app whenever they feel like working. They respond to passenger requests by accepting their ride and pick up the passengers and take them to where they need to go. Uber drivers use their own vehicles.

The explosion of ridesharing apps like Uber have caused real tensions with taxi services and drivers around the world. The taxi services argue that Uber drivers are not required to meet the same standards their drivers are and that Uber is essentially operating a virtual gypsy cab service. Uber partisans counter by pointing out that in many places, getting a taxi license or medallion is extremely expensive and that Uber is merely applying market conditions to a commodity (transportation) all too often controlled by a cartel or monopoly.

In Paris the protests got particularly heated in the summer of 2015 as cab drivers attempted to shut down the city and some attacked Uber cars. Musician Courtney Love was in one car that was attacked as she tweeted her experience live.

Compensation after an Accident

After any type of auto accident, you might be eligible to receive compensation for damages. Some of those damages could include:

  • Medical bills for your injury
  • Medical bills reasonably expected to be incurred in the future
  • Lost earnings and wages reasonably expected to be lost in the future
  • Any permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a normal life

Dealing with insurance companies after an accident

If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed you should speak to an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer before talking to insurance companies if at all possible.

Insurance companies have one thing in mind, and that is to minimize the amount they spend on compensating you for your injuries. The less they spend, the more they make. That is how insurance companies make money.

Uber’s drivers are covered by $1 million in liability and in uninsured (UM)/underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). The insurance covering Uber means victims injured in an Uber accident where they are not at fault may be able to be fully compensated for their medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Uber drivers are covered by this insurance from the moment they accept a passenger request until they have dropped the passenger off at their destination.

This graphic below shows when people are covered by Uber’s insurance:

How Uber Insurance WorksHow people are injured in accidents involving Uber drivers

There are many different ways people can be injured in an accident involving an Uber driver. Here are just a few:

  • Uber driver is injured as a result of someone’s negligence
  • Uber driver is distracted and causes an accident
  • A passenger is injured in an Uber driver’s vehicle
  • Another vehicle is hit by a vehicle being driven by an Uber driver
  • A pedestrian or bicyclist is hit by an Uber driver

Uber services in Los Angeles, California

Uber was founded in San Francisco in 2009 (originally as “Ubercab” and California was the first state to legalize Uber in 2013, so it isn’t surprising to find that most of Uber’s services are available in Los Angeles. Uber has been picking people up at LAX since January, 2016.

Currently Uber offers six variations of its service in Los Angeles: Uber POOL, uber X, Uber XL, UberSELECT, UberBLACK, UberSUV, and UberLux. All of these services work through Uber’s app and all payments are electronic. Some of the hot spots in LA County include:Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica,Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.

Contact a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one is an Uber driver, or you were a passenger injured in an Uber vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. We have recovered millions of dollars of compensation for victims of car accidents in Los Angeles.

Uber FAQs

If you see a question which you would like answered here, email us and we will gladly update our FAQ.

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