What To Do If Injured as a Passenger In Uber Accident

April 19, 2019
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We are all familiar with using Uber to get around town, but being a passenger in an Uber does come with risk.

Unfortunately there are Uber accidents every day in California that result in passengers being hurt, severely injured, or even killed.

Uber was founded in 2009 and slowly became the king of Ridesharing.

Uber has over 750,000 drivers in the US alone, and reportedly has over 40 Million users (or potential Uber passengers) in the US.

And with all that activity there are bound to be Uber automobile accidents.

If you were injured in an Uber, contact an Uber passenger accident lawyer.

Uber has become a Big company, but when a passenger gets hurt in an Uber accident it can be very confusing for the passengers involved.

Get Help and Don’t Fight Insurance Company Alone

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Call Daniel Kim Law Office Today For Help!!

These questions below are very common for Uber passengers to ask, and we can help.

Does Uber pay for my injuries?

Can I sue Uber and file a passenger accident claim?

Do Uber drivers have insurance for passengers?

Who pays all my medical bills from Uber crash?

Do I need an Uber Passenger accident lawyer?

We put together this Uber Passenger Accident Guide to answer all your questions.

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Why Contact Daniel Kim Law Offices for Uber Accident?

At the Law Offices of Daniel Kim we care about our clients, and our clients come first.

If you were riding in an Uber as a passenger and you were injured, you want to get help today.

Don’t wait to call us, Uber insurance is not easy to deal with and it’s confusing.

Just remember that insurance companies don’t want to payout any $$.

Daniel Kim and his legal team have hundreds of 5 Star ratings from our past clients on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

Our law firm takes great pride in our online reputation.

Many law firms say they are the best, and they have 50 years of experience, etc., but they never pick up the phone or reply to emails, etc.

We get new clients all the time that complain their previous attorney had horrible communication.

Daniel Kim and his staff have a lot of experience helping Uber passengers who have been injured.

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We believe our law firm is different because:

  1. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

2.Our lawyers and staff will answer the phone when you call!

3. Daniel Kim was a paralegal in the U.S Army JAG Corps (he is part of the community)

4. Daniel Kim and his team reply to Every email or text from our clients

5. We focus on our clients, and make sure they get the best medical treatment

6. We have all the resources necessary to make sure you get maximum compensation

7. We will fight the insurance companies about your injury claim, we don’t settle for a quick payday

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What To Do After an Uber Accident if You’re a Passenger

Uber drivers don’t plan to get into an automobile accident, but they do happen.

So you want to be prepared in case you are ever injured as a passenger.

The most important thing is to stay calm and gather the info you will need later on to help with your Uber accident lawsuit.

Daniel Kim and his legal team will help you with your Uber injury claim from start to finish.

Our Uber accident attorneys will get maximum compensation from your Uber accident settlement

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If an accident occurs while you are a passenger in Uber you want to follow these 5 steps:

  1. Call the police to ensure that a police report will be filed

2. Take photos of the accident scene, car damages, your injuries, etc.

3. Get contact info from witnesses and bystanders

4. Seek medical treatment (very important that you don’t wait to see a doctor)

5. Contact an Uber passenger accident lawyer like Daniel Kim

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Common Injuries as a Passenger In Uber Car Accidents

Of course every automobile accident is different, and Uber accidents are no exception.

Regardless if you are injured as a passenger in an UberX, UberXL, Uber Select, or even Uber Black, you do have rights.

Typically riding around town in Uber or Lyft is pretty safe, especially if you are traveling at speeds of 25MPH or lower.

It also depends where you are sitting in the Uber ride, sitting in the front seat versus the back seat might also determine what injuries you suffer.

On the other hand, when you are a passenger in Uber on the freeways and going 65MPH or faster, a car crash tends to be more severe.

When it comes to compensation for the injuries you suffered, it’s very important to have an Uber passenger injury lawyer like Daniel Kim on your side.

Filing a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft is not a simple task, and if you don’t know all the Laws it can be a mess.

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These are some of the typical injuries we see with clients injured as an Uber passenger:

Broken bones and fractures

Head injuries (up to and including TBI)

Back and neck injuries

Whiplash

Concussions

Spinal injuries

Soft tissue

How Much Is My Uber Passenger Accident Settlement Worth?

If you were injured in an Uber crash, you are probably wondering “how much is my Uber settlement going to be worth”?

“What’s an average Uber settlement”, or “my uber driver go into an accident what can I do”?

This is a common question for those passengers that have been hurt in an Uber accident in Los Angeles County.

Uber does have a commercial insurance policy that goes to $1 Million.

But there are a lot of tricky details when dealing with an Uber accident claim.

We always tell our clients to just focus on their health and recovery, and let Daniel Kim worry about the Uber lawsuit.

Our job is to protect your legal rights.

Some major factors that determine the value of your Uber passenger accident claim are –

The severity of the injuries you suffered. A broken arm is valued a lot lower than a spinal injury.

And it’s very important to have medical documentation that includes ER and hospital records, and treatment history.

That is why it’s important to seek immediate medical treatment after the accident.

How bad are the economic damages suffered.

This would include things like loss of income and future earning potential due to long term injuries you suffered.

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Is Daniel Kim your Uber accident lawyer?

Probably the biggest factor in determining what your Uber settlement will be worth is what attorney you have representing you.

With The Law Offices of Daniel Kim on your side you can rest assured we’ll get you every dollar you deserve!

Medical Bills Can Get Expensive

Current and future medical and rehab expenses.

A life care planner would be able to determine future medical care costs based on long term injuries you suffered as an Uber passenger.

What insurance policy coverage is available?

Uber and other rideshare drivers must have a commercial policy to be able to have passengers in their vehicle.

The exact dollar amount available will depend on the status of the Uber driver at the time of the accident.

If the rideshare app is on, and the passenger was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, then a $1,000,000 policy will apply.

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Common Causes of Uber Accidents

Like any other car accident, an Uber accident can happen for a hundred reasons.

The reality is that if you are injured as a passenger in Uber, you probably don’t care what caused the crash.

Like most victims you just want answers, and you want to be compensated fairly for your injuries.

There’s even been cases of Uber passengers dying in a car crash, and of course in those situations there’s no amount of money to make up for the loss of a life.

You will need an Uber passenger accident lawyer like Daniel Kim to help.

The following is a list of common causes for Uber accidents:

Distracted driving (texting, looking at Uber app, emailing, etc.)

Speeding

Running a red light at an intersection

Road rage

Car malfunctioning (flat tire, faulty brakes, etc.)

Tired drivers (working too many hours for Uber)

How Does Uber Hire Their Drivers

With all the recent news about fake Uber drivers, and people impersonating rideshare drivers to kidnap or assault victims, people now wonder how does Uber hire drivers?

The reality is it’s pretty easy to get hired to drive for Uber, so passengers should be aware of that.

To be an Uber driver is actually a pretty simple process. 

You must:

  • You must pass a valid background check from the police
  • You must have a valid drivers license
  • Must own a newer 4 door car
  • Need to own a smartphone to use Uber app
  • Need to pass a simple interview

Are Passengers Covered By Uber Insurance?

This becomes a very important question for those Uber passengers that have been injured.

Many people ask “do Uber drivers have insurance for passengers in an accident”?

It can be a complicated situation (like all insurance matters), but Uber does have a $1 Million policy.

If an Uber driver is carrying an Uber passenger, then the driver and passenger are covered under the liability insurance policy. 

This status is called “available and carrying a passenger”.

Don’t Have Your Injury Claim Denied By Uber

If Uber denies coverage then the Uber driver and passenger could be denied by the driver’s personal insurance policy.

This is due to the fact the driver was driving “for pay” at the time of the accident.

Uber also carries a $1 Million uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. 

This policy will kick in if the accident is caused by an uninsured driver.

If you’ve been injured as an Uber passenger call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a Free consultation.

Our Uber accident lawyers will help you navigate the insurance mess, and we’ll handle all the drama that goes along with filing an Uber passenger accident claim.

 

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