Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber are used heavily by Los Angeles residents and visitors. If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber driver, you’ll want to protect your rights and interests by contacting a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer from our law firm right away.
Uber Accidents Get Complicated Quickly
The Uber transportation network has been hugely successful in and around Los Angeles as a provider of transportation services to the general public, but there are genuine legal questions that arise after a user of those services is injured in an accident. One of those questions involves who could be held liable for that accident and the resulting injuries. Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, one party might be solely responsible for it. Then there are the times when two or more parties might share responsibility. That’s when the accident becomes even more complicated.
Injury Victims Need Help Fast
When there’s an individual who has been injured, unable to work and undergoing expensive medical treatment, expect all of the liability insurers involved in the case to sit back and point their fingers at each other. Aggressive and immediate representation is needed. None of those insurance companies care about the victim. They’re all trying to protect their bottom lines. The victim needs help fast.
The Independent Contractor Argument
If you believe Uber, none of the drivers who partner with it are employees. They’re all independent contractors who use their own personal vehicles to transport Uber users. That type of a business arrangement can operate to shield Uber from liability. There is evidence to the contrary of the independent contractor argument, and some California courts have ruled against Uber on this issue. Whether an Uber driver who is in an accident can be held liable for injuries resulting from it pivots on whether he or she was awaiting acceptance of a customer, on the way to pick up a customer, driving with a customer or just dropped a customer off. On those issues, any one of the following parties might be solely or jointly responsible in an injury claim:
- The Uber driver.
- The driver of one or more other vehicles.
- Both the Uber driver and the drivers of any other vehicles.
Investigating Your Case
When we’re retained by you to represent you as your Los Angeles Uber injury lawyers, we’ll conduct a thorough investigation of your claim. We’ll collect evidence like police and paramedic reports, emergency room and hospital records, occurrence and post-occurrence statements, photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved, any traffic camera or security camera footage of the accident and cell phone logs if applicable. We leave no stone unturned in the investigation of a case, and we don’t care if we have to get dirty doing that.
Uber drivers are required to carry their own insurance coverage in case they’re in an accident when not engaged in Uber transportation services. California only requires $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident of liability insurance. Uber even covers vehicles in case coverage lapses. That insurance is in the amount of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per occurrence. If an Uber driver has accepted a customer and is on the way to pick that person up, $1 million of bodily injury liability coverage is triggered until such time as the customer exits the vehicle.
Contact a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer
The evidence and injuries in every Uber accident case are different. You’ll want an experienced and successful Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer representing you from the start. If you were injured in an Uber accident in or around Los Angeles, contact our offices right away. You’ll be able to arrange for a free consultation and case review with one of our Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers. We’ll listen to you carefully, and we’ll be pleased to answer your questions. Then we’ll advise you on your legal options based on who we might think is liable for your damages. If we enter into a retainer agreement with you, we don’t even get paid any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. That means you don’t have to pay us a penny to retain us. There’s no reason not to contact us after being injured in any Uber accident.