Since their introduction to the American transport sector ride-sharing companies like Uber have disrupted the industry and ended taking a huge market share from traditional means of transportation like buses, taxis and subway networks. The increased dominance of ride-sharing cabs on the roads on the roads has also translated to an increase in the number of accidents that can be attributed to these cars.
Uber accidents often lead to severe losses which include (but are not limited to) catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries, minor injuries such as broken wrists, legs and limbs, property damage running into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and, in some extreme cases, wrongful deaths.
Have you been involved in an uber accident in Moreno Valley, CA or in any other area across Southern California? If you have, California State laws protects your right to seeking compensation from the at-fault party(s) for any losses that you sustain in the accident. However, to stand any chance of receiving compensation in an Uber accident case, you need to prove negligence on the part of the party you hold responsible for your causing the accident and the resulting losses you suffer.
Proving negligence in an Uber accident case in California is a complicated, time-consuming and rigorous process best left to an experienced car and Moreno Valley Uber accident lawyer like the legal team at Crockett Law Group led by Kelvin Crockett – one of the highest-rated personal injury attorneys across the entire state who is also touted to be the fastest rising star in the field of car accident claims.
At the Crockett Law Group, we will take an in-depth look at all the circumstances surrounding your Uber accident, identify all responsible parties from whom you can pursue compensation, collect all the evidence needed to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault party(s), file your accident claim with the at-fault party(s) as well as the appropriate courts, negotiate a favorable settlement to cover all your losses, and finally, we will ensure that we prevent the infringement of your rights by any party throughout the compensation claim process.
We have helped hundreds of innocent victims like you get hundreds of thousands of dollars as compensation in Uber accident claims – and, we can do the same for you! To get a free consultation with our seasoned California personal injury lawyers and Uber accident legal team, call (800) 900-9393.
What Are the Statistics for Uber Accidents in California & Nationally?
The increased popularity in the use of rideshare platforms like Lyft and Uber has led to an increase in the number of cars on American roads which has conversely in many ways led to an increase in the number of reported accidents. The accidents which can be attributed to ride-sharing cabs can be traced back to the following negligent actions:
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving a cab with faulty components
- Driving while under the influence of controlled substances
- Texting while driving
- Negligent driver actions such as speeding past traffic stops, taking the wrong turns, wrong parking, and, failure to observe road regulations
According to 2017 to 2019 statistics released by the University of Chicago – which also included data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 1,000 of the daily fatalities reported across the Nation can be traced back to the increase in the number of ride-sharing cars like Uber’s on American roads. During this period Uber vehicles were involved in 27 fatal collisions which led to a total of 107 deaths. Of this number, 27% of the victims were unsuspecting road users, 21% of the victims were drivers, while 58% were either passengers or third-party drivers.
If you are wondering why we did not release the most current statistics on Uber accidents in California or across the entire nation, it is for one simple reason… Ride-sharing companies do not release data on the frequency of accidents by cars affiliated to them or the actual extent of the damages that result from these crashes. However, one thing that remains clear is that Uber accidents are more common than you may think, and, if you are involved in one in Moreno Valley or any area in California, you have a right to seek indemnification for any damages you sustain from the at-fault party(s).
What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Uber Accidents Reported Across California?
Current data indicates that some of the most common types of losses reported across California include:
- Passenger injuries which arise as a result of the negligence of the Uber driver
- Passenger injuries in an accident caused by the negligent actions of an Uber driver in another car and not the passenger’s actual driver
- Injury of third-parties (other road users) which arise as a result of the negligence of the Uber driver
- Uber driver injuries which arise as a result of their own negligent actions
- Uber driver injuries because of the negligent actions of another Uber driver operating their own cab
- Passenger and driver injuries in an Uber accident caused by a defective or malfunctioning car component
- Property damage in an accident which arises because of the negligent actions of an Uber driver
Who Can Be Found Liable in an Uber Accident Claim Case in Moreno Valley, California?
There are three main parties who can be found liable in an Uber accident case as described below:
The driver of an Uber cab can be found liable in an Uber accident compensation claim case if they act negligently and an accident which leads to injuries, personal losses, damage of property or death occurs. Some of the negligent actions which an Uber driver may carry out include speeding, driving under the influence, failure to obey traffic signs, driving a vehicle with faulty components, and, contravening road laws.
The Rideshare Platform
The rideshare platform (Uber) may also be held responsible in some Uber accidents. It all depends on the legal status of the Uber driver who caused the accident in question. As per most laws if the driver is considered an employee, then the parent company that employs the driver may be found liable in a claim case according to vicarious liability laws. It is however worth noting that Uber drivers in California are considered as “independent contractors” which means that they are usually held liable in case of any accident. However, Uber accident compensation laws in California are complex. Depending on the exact circumstances leading up to the accident, you can also seek compensation from Uber.
Further, note that in California, Uber drivers are covered by the parent company’s (Uber’s) $1,000,000 liability insurance in case of any accident.
Given that the facts surrounding an accident can be complex, we strongly recommend that you call our car accident lawyers at the Crockett Law Group to get comprehensive legal advice on who can be held liable in your particular case.
Other Third Parties
Car accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. It is not just Uber drivers or the ride-sharing companies who can be at fault for an accident. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, some of the other parties who may be found liable in your claim include: other Uber drivers, other drivers and road users as well as Government agencies especially if your accident is caused by poor road conditions.
Talk to our lawyers by calling (800) 900-9393 to understand if there are any other third-parties who may be mentioned in your California Uber accident claim case.
How Are Uber Accident Cases Different from Regular Car Accident Cases in California?
The main difference between Uber accidents and regular car accidents lies mostly in the liability insurance requirements for cars to operate on California roads.
For a regular car, the owner/driver of the vehicle must take out a minimum policy of $15,000 as liability insurance to cover for the injury or death of one person, a minimum of $30,000 as liability insurance for the injury or death of more than one person, and finally, a minimum of $5,000 for damage to property.
On the other hand, if you operate a ridesharing cab such as an Uber or Lyft, you must take out a primary minimum liability insurance of $50,000 for the injury or death of one individual, a minimum of $100,000 for the injury or death of multiple persons, and finally, a minimum of $30,000 for damage to property. Further, the ridesharing parent company (such as Uber) must maintain a liability policy of $1,000,000.
Another difference between these two accidents is the individual/party who is the primary compensator to the victims of an accident. For a regular car accident, the insurer of the driver is the primary compensator in case an accident occurs. Uber accidents are more complex with the primary compensator being determined by the exact circumstances leading up to and during an accident.
Does Uber Have a $1,000,000 Insurance Policy for California Accidents?
Yes. Under California law, this insurance policy is usually triggered into effect once the Uber driver logs on to their Uber app when waiting for or carrying a passenger.
What Types of Compensation Can I Seek After Being Involved in an Uber Accident?
The types of damages that you can receive on filing an Uber accident claim will depend on the losses and damages that you suffer. The cumulative compensation that you receive may include:
These damages usually cumulatively include all your losses that can be quantified in monetary terms. They can include compensation for things like medical expenses, damage to property, expected loss of future earnings and long-term medical expenses
These damages cumulatively include all your losses that cannot be quantified in monetary terms. They can include compensation for things like your loss, pain and suffering in case of the death of a loved one and loss of consortium.
Sometimes, the party who is liable for your accident may have acted maliciously or with excessive (yet avoidable) negligence in the lead up to your accident and subsequent losses. In such cases, the driver can fine the at-fault party for such actions with a view of deterring other drivers from carrying out similar actions. The amount that the court awards you in such a case is usually known as punitive damages.
Should I Just Accept a Settlement Offer After an Uber Accident?
NO! We strongly advise that you let our team of lawyers handle your settlement claim negotiations. Note that all types of car accident claims are usually paid out by insurance companies – firms whose sole existence is based on the profit margins that they register.
On lodging an Uber accident claim, the insurance companies representing the at-fault party(s) will first try to offer you less than you actually deserve. Note that they may offer to pay for your current medical bills but you may have sustained debilitating injuries which may require expensive medical care later on.
If you want to get compensation that truly reflects the extent of damages/losses that you sustain, we strongly recommend that you let seasoned Uber accident compensation claim negotiators like our team at Crockett Law Group to handle the entire claims process – including settlement negotiations.
Is There a Statute of Limitations for Filing an Uber Accident in Moreno Valley, California?
Yes. A statute of limitations refers to the time period that you must not let elapse before you file your Uber accident compensation claim.
In California, the statute of limitations for filing an Uber accident compensation claim is 2 years from the date that you sustain injuries or damages. This means 2 years from the date that your accident occurs.
However, this statute of limitations usually differs if the Uber accident leads to a wrongful death. If a person dies as a result of an Uber accident, then you have two years from the date the death occurs (not the date the accident occurs) to lodge a compensation claim against the at-fault party(s).
Why Do I Need a Skilled Uber Accident Lawyer?
The laws around Uber accident claims are more complex than those governing regular car accident compensation claims. For starters, there are more parties who you can sue for compensation and the cumulative compensation that you may receive is usually dependent on the unique facts surrounding your case.
Some of the top benefits of hiring a lawyer from the Crockett Law Group include:
Collection of Evidence
As you are recuperating, our lawyers will take charge of the case preparation process. This will include the collection of evidence to prove negligence on the part of the party(s) you are suing for compensation, informing the at-fault parties of your intention to seek compensation, and finally, filing a lawsuit with the appropriate local court.
Our lawyers will also take charge of the settlement negotiation process on your behalf. As experienced negotiators who have been dealing with insurers for years, we know all the tricks they may employ to try and give you less than you actually deserve. This means that we will be able to counter their arguments and get you the compensation that you actually deserve.
In cases where the negligence of the at-fault party(s) is apparent, insurance companies like reaching an out-of-court settlement with the victims of an Uber accident. However, if they try to fight the settlement, it is usually necessary to plead your case before a jury. If the insurers of the at-fault party(s) try to fight your compensation claim, we will prepare a watertight case on your behalf and rely on our extensive legal experience to give you the best legal guidance and representation in a court of law
To increase your chances of getting fully compensated in your Moreno Valley, CA Uber accident case, give us a call on (800) 900-9393.
How Much Will the California Uber Accident Case Lawyers at the Crockett Law Group Charge Me?
Here at the Crockett Law Group, we understand that your Uber accident may have set you back a lot financially not to mention that you may be going through a lot of emotional distress. For this reason, we will always try to make the compensation claims process as hassle-free and stress-free as possible.
Our seasoned team of legal experts will not ask you for a penny during the entire process we are handling your claim case rather we will wait until you are fully compensated by the at-fault party(s) to ask for legal fees.
Contact the Crockett Law Group to Increase Your Chances of Getting Fully Compensated for Your Uber Accident in Moreno Valley, CA
An Uber accident can leave you with severe injuries and drain your finances in such a way that you are not in a position to properly pursue the compensation due to you. Do not stress or fret, the Crockett Law Group is here to aid you pursue justice and compensation.
Apart from being expert negotiators, we have handled numerous Uber accident cases across California – meaning that we know how to navigate the legal system should your case be mentioned before a jury. Over the years, we have won numerous settlements on behalf of Uber accident victims and we are committed to doing the same for you. All you need to do to increase your chances of receiving the maximum compensation possible for the losses and damages you sustained in an Uber accident is to call our Moreno Valley Uber accident lawyers (800) 900-9393 for a free consultation.