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I Was an Uber Passenger Injured in a Car Accident: Can I Sue?

By Jeremy Bradford
Founding Partner

If you’ve ever been an Uber passenger caught in a car accident, you might be filled with questions and concerns. Uber’s insurance policies and the legal landscape can be complex, but knowing how to proceed after such incidents can significantly impact your recovery process. This situation is more common than you might think, and there are clear paths to seek resolution and support.

Understanding Uber’s Insurance Policy

Uber’s insurance policy is designed to protect both passengers and drivers under various circumstances. When the app is turned off, the driver’s personal insurance is the primary coverage. However, once the app is active and the driver is waiting for a ride request, Uber provides limited liability coverage, which jumps significantly once a passenger is picked up. During a trip, Uber’s insurance typically includes substantial liability coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and sometimes additional coverage.

This comprehensive coverage is in place from the moment your ride begins until it ends. It’s essential for passengers to know that they are covered under Uber’s policy in case of an accident, but the specifics can vary, making it important to understand how these policies work in practice.

Determining Liability in Uber Accidents

Determining liability in Uber accidents can be complex due to the multiple parties involved. Essentially, liability depends on who was at fault for the accident. If the Uber driver is responsible, their insurance, supplemented by Uber’s, may cover damages. However, if another driver caused the accident, their insurance would typically be the primary source of compensation. In scenarios where neither driver is clearly at fault or in hit-and-run incidents, Uber’s uninsured motorist policy may come into play. The complications arise from assessing negligence – did the Uber driver, another driver, or both contribute to the accident? Establishing this requires a thorough investigation into the accident’s circumstances, including traffic laws, driver behavior, and vehicle conditions. This is where legal assistance can be invaluable in untangling the facts and determining liability accurately.

Steps to Take Following an Uber Accident

  • Seek Medical Attention: Immediately after an accident, prioritize your health and safety. Even if injuries seem minor, get checked by a medical professional, as symptoms can appear later.
  • Report the Accident: Notify the police to file an official report and contact Uber through the app to report the incident, ensuring it is documented.
  • Collect Evidence: Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, any visible injuries, and road conditions. Note the time and location of the accident.
  • Exchange Information: Obtain contact and insurance information from all parties involved, including the Uber driver and any other drivers.
  • Witness Statements: If there are witnesses, get their contact information and ask for their account of what happened.
  • Document Your Experience: Write down your recollection of the accident as soon as possible and keep a record of any medical treatments and expenses related to the incident.
  • Avoid Discussing Fault: Do not admit fault or discuss the accident details with other parties involved beyond necessary information exchange.
  • Consult an Attorney: Consider speaking with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and options for seeking compensation.

Filing a Lawsuit as an Uber Passenger

Filing a lawsuit as an Uber passenger involves several considerations. First, identify all potentially liable parties, which could include the Uber driver, another driver involved in the accident, or even Uber itself. The basis of your lawsuit will typically stem from proving negligence led to your injuries. Documenting your injuries, medical expenses, and the impact on your daily life is crucial for establishing the damages you seek. It’s important to file your personal injury claim within the legal time limits, known as statutes of limitations, which in North Carolina is three years from the date of the accident.

Engaging a personal injury attorney can significantly aid in navigating the legal complexities, gathering necessary evidence, and advocating on your behalf. They can also help negotiate settlements or take your case to court if necessary to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contact Bradford Law If You’ve Been Injured in an Uber Accident

Bradford Law is dedicated to supporting Uber accident victims through legal challenges. Our experienced team can guide you through each step, from assessing your case to fighting for your rightful compensation. Contact Bradford Law today for a comprehensive evaluation of your situation and personalized assistance.

About the Author
I am Jeremy Bradford, the founding and managing attorney of Bradford Law. From my offices in Charlotte, NC, I travel all across North Carolina helping injured people fight against insurance companies, in what could be life-altering circumstances. I have made a point to develop strong relationships with my clients. I take the trust my clients put in me personally and put myself into every case. If my client calls, my client will always be able to speak directly with me. You will get to know me as we work our way through the personal injury process. So when we make recommendations on whether to settle or go to trial, you will know your best interests are always at heart.