I’m sorry to hear that you were in an accident in an Uber in Los Angeles. The use of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft has exploded in Los Angeles in recent years. Rideshare companies are generally cheaper and more convenient to use than traditional taxis. However, there are risks involved anytime a rideshare is used.
Normally, Uber drivers have only limited insurance coverage, which may or may not cover your accident. Many drivers do not have commercial policies. Drivers for Uber are hired only as independent contractors, not employees, which means Uber as a company is not responsible for their actions. Uber does have a general insurance policy that covers accidents, but it may not be enough to properly compensate you for your injuries.
Also, Uber drivers are typically distracted and rushed. Drivers are using an app while they are driving, which means they are normally driving while they are distracted. This can result in accidents. Drivers are also normally rushing to get passengers to their destinations in order to maximize the amount of money they make.
If you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber, you should speak with an attorney. Determining liability for damages can be much more complicated than in a standard car accident. You may be able to get compensation from the driver’s policy, but you may need to obtain coverage through Uber. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles Uber accident attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.