We are all familiar with Uber and Lyft as affordable rideshare options that allow us to drink in the bars and yet still get home safely.
Like all counties, Orange County has taken many steps to help cut down on auto accidents, but there is still a lot of work to do.
The popularity of Uber and Lyft has helped cause a decline in the amount of DUI arrests in Costa Mesa, but accidents do happen all the time involving Uber drivers.
For a lot of people they think of Uber like a “bubble” where you just call Uber and you get home safe every time, but it doesn’t always end up that way.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim and his legal team have been helping Uber accident victims here in Costa Mesa for years.
If you are injured in an Uber accident the following weeks can get pretty stressful very quickly.
Dealing with hospital bills, the police report, insurance companies calling you, etc. etc.
Don’t make the mistake of fighting the insurance companies alone, don’t do it.
Uber insurance is like a maze of legal loopholes, but our law firm isn’t intimidated by them.
There are time limits when it comes to filing an accident claim and lawsuit so don’t delay.
Daniel Kim fights for his clients and –
We know Uber and Lyft ridesharing laws
We negotiate aggressively with the opposing insurance company
We use top notch investigators to help prove your case
We will help you get the best medical treatment
We will maximize the value of your case and final settlement
How Much Is My Uber Accident Settlement Worth
We know how overwhelming and scary it can be to face the aftermath of an Uber accident.
Dealing with injuries, insurance companies, medical bills, and other lawyers calling you that represent Uber is a lot to handle.
Remember that each personal injury case is unique and each claim varies in how long it takes to settle.
Something else to remember is that some of the settlement money you receive could be taxable so read more about how that works.
We will always fight the insurance companies to make sure we get you maximum compensation for your injuries.
When it comes to dealing with accident claims Uber has some very smart people that work for them, so call us for help.
Insurance companies don’t just send out large $ checks because you got injured, even if you went to the hospital and have medical bills the process is still a long drawn out battle.
Daniel Kim and his legal team will file a personal injury claim to get you compensation for:
Lost wages – any past or future earnings due to missed hours at work
Property damage – any damage to your car, etc.
Medical expenses – hospital, emergency room, surgery, etc.
Wrongful death – funeral bill, lost inheritance money, loss of consortium
Pain and suffering – includes anxiety, stress, PTSD, fear, etc.
What To Do After An Uber Accident
Anytime you are in an accident you’ll want to seek medical treatment because you just neve know what injuries you might have sustained.
If you weren’t at fault for the accident then of course you want to be compensated for any injuries you suffered.
Uber accidents are really no different, but you always want to stay calm and follow a certain process to ensure your overall safety.
Below is just a short list of what you need to do after being involved in an Uber crash
- Call the police so they can document the crash and make a police report
- Talk with witnesses and exchange info
- Get insurance info, drivers license, and contact info from the other driver
- Get video and photos of the accident scene, the cars, your injuries, etc.
- Get yourself to the hospital to get diagnosed
- Contact an experienced Uber accident lawyer in Orange County
Should I Report an Accident To Uber
The short answer here is Yes.
If you are injured while driving for Uber, or if you are a passenger injured in an Uber, or if you are hit by an Uber driver you’ll want to report the accident.
Honestly you might want to contact an experienced Uber accident attorney in Orange County before you do anything.
This goes for any Uber Eats or other Uber ride you might be involved in.
There really is no benefit to wait to report an Uber crash, and when you suffer an injury then you want to be even more pro active and protect your legal rights.
At the end of the day insurance companies are not in the business of paying out money to accident victims.
Actually the insurance companies are in business to collect your monthly premiums and hope they never need to pay a $ dime.
Can I Sue Uber For An Accident
This situation is a little more complicated then saying yes you can sue Uber because there are many factors that go into each scenario.
Technically Uber drivers are independent contractors which makes it difficult to sue Uber directly if an Uber driver is at fault for an auto accident that injured their passengers, a pedestrian, or another driver on the road.
Uber drivers are covered under the Uber $1 Million commercial insurance policy while they are actually driving a passenger and working.
It can be very complicated fighting with Uber and their insurance so we encourage you to call us today for a FREE consultation.
Are Uber Passengers Insured For Car Accidents
Uber passengers always ask us “does Uber have insurance for passengers that got injured in an accident?”
The good news is that Uber and their drivers are required by California law to have car insurance.
Uber itself has a $1 Million insurance policy, but it is not as simple as just calling Uber after an accident and asking to get compensation for your injuries.
For passengers riding in Uber, there is a status called “available and carrying a passenger” which basically means that while an Uber driver is carrying a passenger the Uber driver and the passengers are covered under the liability policy.
Daniel Kim is very experienced at helping Uber passengers who suffered an injury, so if you need answers to your questions call us today for help.
I Was Hit By Uber Driver Now What
If you were hit by an Uber driver then you’ll want to call the police at the scene of the accident, because later on we will need a police report when we start filing your claim.
Your next step should be to seek medical care and make sure you are OK.
Once you’ve been to the hospital or doctor then you’ll want to call Daniel Kim so he can answer any questions you have and explain the legal process that lies ahead.
Don’t speak to the insurance companies until you have contact our law firm, insurance adjusters can be tricky and get you to say things you’ll regret.
Common Causes For Uber Accidents
Uber and Lyft accidents happen all over Orange County and each time there is a different cause.
So many drivers in general on the roads don’t have insurance or even a drivers license, it’s scary but true.
As we know, accidents can happen when people are speeding, running red lights, etc., but there are common causes that seem to come up over and over.
The list below is for all Uber accidents in general, whether you are an Uber passenger, Uber driver, or just an innocent person driving that gets hit by an Uber in Costa Mesa.
- Distracted drivers
- Running stop signs
- Bad road conditions
- Poor Weather
- Tired drivers
- Mechanical malfunction
- Road rage
Common Injuries From Uber Accidents
Sometimes Uber accident victims get lucky and just walk away from an accident basically unscathed.
But the reality is that most people involved in any car accident with suffer some injuries, and sadly those injuries can be fatal.
There are so many things that affect what injuries you might suffer, things like –
- are you wearing a seatbelt
- were you in a Chevy Tahoe or a tiny Honda
- how fast were you going
- were you rear ended or hit head on
How badly you are injured plays a large role in what type of Uber settlement you can get so contact Daniel Kim for help with this situation.
Paying medical bills after an Uber crash is a concern for all of our clients.
Regardless of the injuries you suffered from an Uber crash you can contact our law firm today for immediate help.
Below is a list of the common injuries that Uber accidents have –
- Knee and ankle
- Broken bones
- Cuts and burns
- Wrongful death
- Spinal injuries
Uber Accident Statistics In Costa Mesa In 2017?
As of right now, there are no reliable Uber accident statistics available for Costa Mesa in California.
Mainly because these ridesharing services are still quite new and the Department of Transportation has yet to release full data taking this new method of transportation into account.
At the same time, Costa Mesa saw more than 700 injuries or deaths in automobile accidents in 2017. At least some of them involved Uber vehicles.
Injuries From Uber Accidents In Costa Mesa In 2017?
As we highlighted above, more than 700+ injuries or fatalities occur throughout Costa Mesa in 2017 – and at least some of them came from ridesharing services like Uber.
Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of the 700+ people were only injured in these accidents.
Fatality rates from automotive accidents in Costa Mesa are down from last year as well.
Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents?
32% of all fatal crashes in California were caused by drivers that inevitably tested positive for some type of drug, including prescription medications.
Alcohol related fatalities throughout Costa Mesa and the rest of California are up 36.8% from the year 2011, a significant jump that is outpacing the national average.
Even though ridesharing services like Uber are supposed to be encouraging people to stop driving while they are impaired to begin with.
Costa Mesa Car Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
80% of all automotive accidents in the state of California are caused by drivers that admit to being distracted or inattentive while they were behind the wheel.
40% of drivers in Costa Mesa and throughout the rest of the state of California also report that they spend time on the phone checking emails, sending texts, and engaging on social media while they are driving even though it is illegal.
Dangerous Intersections In Costa Mesa For Car Accidents?
Two of the most dangerous intersections in all of Costa Mesa involved Newport Bld. and are located pretty close by to major freeways.
Newport and 19th Street is easily one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Costa Mesa for car accidents, with more than 30+ accidents occurring in the span of a single year.
Newport and Broadway is another super busy intersection that is like a magnet for car accidents, with 15 accidents occurring in the last year here.