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We Help Fight for Victims of Uber Accidents

Uber and other rideshare applications such as Lyft offer relatively new, cost-effective, and exciting ways to get from place to place. While taxi companies and cab drivers have had rules and regulations in place for many years, Uber drivers and their passengers do not yet have the same protections. The convenience of ridesharing apps often outweighs the lack of regulations until you are the victim involved in an Uber accident

Attorneys Richard C. Bennett, William Johnson, and Andrew Johnson are passionate about protecting the best interests of Uber drivers and riders. We can investigate your case while you focus on recovering. For your convenience, we have three practice locations serving Napa, Santa Maria, and Oakland, CA. To get started, schedule a free consultation online or call Bennett Johnson, LLP, at (805) 438-2952.

Man riding in back of Uber car
Uber's convenience often outweighs the lack of regulations until you are involved in an accident.

Uber's Insurance Coverage 

Transportation network companies, or TNCs, connect passengers with drivers of non-transport vehicles. Although riders can enjoy cheaper fares, they are also exposing themselves to fewer legal protections than those traditionally offered to taxi drivers and their passengers.

Whether you are a driver or a passenger in an Uber ride, an attorney can help you get the medical care and compensation you need following an accident or injury. 

Because technology moves much faster than the law does, a reliable set of regulations and laws surrounding Uber drivers and passengers does not exist and can leave many injured parties to fend for themselves following a car accident

Why You Need a Lawyer 

If you are a driver or rider involved in an Uber accident, you need the help of a compassionate legal team to help you navigate various areas, including: 

Insurance Coverage 

According to Uber's website, their insurance regulations and coverage for partners and riders include:

  • All drivers are required to have auto liability insurance that meets the minimum requirements for the state in which they are driving
  • Uber offers auto liability coverage of at least $50,000 for bodily injury to one person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage from the moment you turn on your app to the moment you accept a ride 
  • Uber offers auto liability coverage of at least $1,000,000 per accident from the time you accept a ride until the conclusion of the trip 

Although the insurance coverage seems relatively generous while a rider is in the car, it is comparatively low during periods when the driver is looking for passengers. 

Passenger Safety 

Car accidents aren't the only gray areas surrounding Uber and other TNCs. If your driver has not passed a sufficient background check, your safety may also be in jeopardy. Recently, Uber was fined millions of dollars for allowing drivers with criminal records and motor vehicle offenses to get behind the wheel. If you were injured as a result of the actions of an unqualified driver, you may benefit from filing a lawsuit.  

Driver Rights 

Because Uber drivers are contract workers, they are not typically covered by workers' compensation or full-time employees' rights. Following an accident, you cannot drive your car until the vehicle has been cleared by Uber. If Uber is your primary source of income, this can lead to a loss of income for many weeks or months. One of our attorneys can help you quantify the sum of your injuries and damages to get the full compensation you deserve. 

Discuss Your Case with an Attorney 

Whether you are a driver or a passenger in an Uber ride, an attorney can help you get the medical care and compensation you need following an accident or injury. To learn more about your rights as an injured driver or passenger, schedule a complimentary consultation online or call Bennett Johnson, LLP, at (805) 438-2952.

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