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Uber and contractors

The relationships between Uber and its drivers are highly complicated. At this point in time, Uber is facing more than 70 lawsuits involving those relationships, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to be clarified in the foreseeable future. For now, the general relationship that a driver has with Uber is that of an independent contractor.

The TNC App

As a transportation network company (TNC), Uber’s technology arranges drivers for riders. A person who is interested in using Uber need merely download an app on his or her smartphone and provide the information necessary to open an account. All transactions are paid for with credit or debit cards. No cash exchanges hands. When that customer wants to travel from one location to another, he or she need only input their present location and their destination into the Uber app. An Uber driver who is near that customer can then accept the ride request and be at the customer’s location in minutes.

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Risk

What comes to issue is that like anybody else on the road, Uber drivers and passengers both run the risk of being injured in a traffic accident. A person might suffer injuries under the following circumstances:

  • As a passenger in an Uber vehicle.
  • As a driver or passenger in another vehicle that was in an accident caused by an Uber driver.
  • As a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian who was struck by an Uber driver.

Uber’s Insurance Coverage

If a California driver who is associated with Uber is attending to his or her own personal affairs, that driver is only required to have $15,000 of liability coverage per person and $30,000 per occurrence. If that driver turns the Uber app on, $50,000 per person and $100,000 per occurrence begins through Uber’s insurer. Pursuant to California law, if that driver accepts a ride request from an Uber customer, $1 million of liability and uninsured motorist coverage from that same insurer is triggered as soon as acceptance occurs. That $1 million in coverage remains in effect until the driver either finishes the trip on the Uber app or the ride is completed, whichever one is later.

When the Accident is Caused by the Uber Driver

If an Uber driver is careless and negligent and causes an accident with injuries, any claim or lawsuit will be brought against that driver as an independent contractor. Uber’s insurer will process the claim. There might be some rare instances when Uber might be included as a defendant in a claim or lawsuit, but at this juncture, the company is on fairly solid legal footing with it’s independent contractor relationship and its drivers.

When the Accident is Caused by Another Driver

If you were an Uber passenger, and you were injured in an accident that was caused by the driver of another vehicle, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to sustain a claim or lawsuit directly against Uber. Your claim has to be against that other driver. If he or she had no insurance or was underinsured, you could have a viable uninsured or underinsured motorist claim with Uber’s insurer. Under those circumstances, you would be eligible to pursue the same compensation for damages that you would seek if you were making your claim against the uninsured or underinsured driver. Those damages might consist of the following:

  • Past medical bills and medical bills reasonably expected to be received in the future.
  • Past lost earnings and lost earnings reasonably expected to be received in the future.
  • Any permanent disfigurement.
  • Any permanent disability.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Diminished quality of life.

Contact a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer today

The nuances of insurance coverage coupled with personal injury law make any Uber accident case complicated. If you were injured in an accident involving Uber, contact one of our Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers right away. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review. In that consultation, we’ll listen to you carefully, answer your questions and advise you of your legal options. Don’t worry about even paying a penny to retain us either. We take these cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t even get paid any legal fees at all unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. You’ll want the involvement of qualified and effective Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers on your case. Feel free to contact us right away after being injured in any Uber accident.