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San Francisco is the birthplace of Uber and other rideshare companies like Lyft. Even though they've expanded globally, Uber and Lyft still have a special place in the heart of San Franciscans. Many of us are totally dependent on these rideshare companies for our daily transportation. It's so convenient and affordable to have our own on-call driver(s). However, most of these drivers have no special training to drive passengers and the vast majority of them are from outside San Francisco - totally unfamiliar with the City streets. This combination, along with the heavy density of motorized traffic, bicycles and pedestrians sets the stage for a high number of San Francisco Uber accidents.
Unless accident victims have an experienced San Francisco Uber accident lawyer, they battle for months trying to get paid by Uber. Uber pretends like their system of filing your Uber accident claim via their app is a simple and quick way to resolve your claim. But, this is not true for those who are seriously injured. Hiring a San Francisco Uber accident lawyer is really the only way to get the settlement you deserve from Uber or Lyft if you've suffered anything more than minor injuries.
If your injuries are serious, you probably have some pretty high medical bills and a substantial claim. If you deal directly with them, Uber will make things very difficult for you. In these more significant cases, Uber will try to shift blame for the accident, minimize your injuries and do anything they can to limit what they pay you. Because of Uber's claims tactics, getting a good settlement after a San Francisco Uber accident can be way more challenging than for a regular car crash in California. This is why you may want to consider hiring a good San Francisco Uber accident lawyer.
Don't Try to Fight Uber Alone
Whether you are a passenger in an Uber, a pedestrian crossing the street, a cyclist, motorcyclist or another motorist on the road, your chances of an Uber accident in San Francisco are pretty high. Going up against a big company like Uber is not fun to do alone. Most of the San Francisco Uber accident clients who come to us at Sally Morin Law never thought they'd have to hire a personal injury attorney, but once we get to work on their case, they are so glad they are no longer alone!
Unlike those impersonal, high-volume personal injury law firms you see advertising on billboards or newsstands, we approach you and your case with the attention and care you deserve. After a serious injury Uber accident, your life is flipped on end. You are confused, in pain and can't work. Medical bills are stacking up and there are a bunch of voicemails, emails and letters about your accident you don't even want to look at.
You don't need to deal with all of that by yourself. You need to find a good San Francisco Uber accident lawyer who will guide you through this challenging process. With Sally Morin Law on your case, you get full-service, focused attention and a legal team that will work to put the most money in your pocket when all is said and done.
Uber Accidents are on the Rise in San Francisco!
The San Francisco Examiner estimates that there are now over 45,000 Uber and Lyft drivers in San Francisco. That’s many more times the number of traditional taxis that operate in the Entire Bay Area. These drivers cannot be classified as professionals and do not possess the skills or experience necessary to avoid collisions. As San Francisco personal injury attorneys, we've seen first-hand how the increasing number of rideshare drivers has directly correlated with an increase in Uber accidents and Lyft accidents in San Francisco.
The Bay Area has had several bad experiences with ridesharing programs in the past. In fact, one of the first fatal Uber accidents in America happened here in San Francisco—a fatal accident that led to a change in the laws governing ridesharing here in California and in 18 other states. Unfortunately, there is no central governing body that rideshare accident victims can turn to. Because Uber drivers are simply private citizens, the SFMTA (which regulates taxis) has no control over Uber or Lyft. These “Transportation Network Companies” (TNC’s) are overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission, but it takes legal action for any significant change in the way these companies operate.
That means the only real recourse for people injured in Uber accidents in San Francisco is to file a claim against Uber for compensation with the help of a top-notch San Francisco Uber accident lawyer.
San Francisco Rideshare Accidents Are a Different Breed of Car Accident Case
Even though most rideshare accidents seem the same as normal car accidents in that they happen on the San Francisco streets and cause injuries to our citizens, the way Uber or Lyft handles these accident claims makes things more complicated than run of the mill car crashes. So, even though the mechanics of how an Uber accident happens can be identical to the average car accident in California, the way the claims process (and litigation should the case need to go to that level) is handled is not user-friendly. Sure, Uber offers you an "easy" way to handle your claim on their app, but this really only works for the most minor of claims. For instance, if you broke your sunglasses because the Uber driver rear-ended someone in a minor fender bender, this is an ideal claim to bring through the Uber app. Same even goes for a claim that involves you getting a bump on the head and getting cleared in one visit by your primary care doctor. Again, the app can streamline this simple claim.
But, if you have suffered serious injuries the require an ambulance, hospitalization or surgery, your San Francisco Uber accident claim won't be so easy that it can be handled on the app. If Uber thinks it may have to pay more than a few hundred bucks to make your claim go away, they aren't going to make things simple for you. They will fight tooth and nail, as they are a 70+ billion dollar company very good at making - not paying - money.
At Sally Morin Law, our San Francisco Uber accident lawyers have handled numerous Bay Area Uber accident cases. These accidents are often the result of Uber driver distraction, exhaustion or their total unfamiliarity with the City of San Francisco. Seriously, when is the last time you had an Uber driver who actually lived in San Francisco? These types of avoidable accidents are very common in the rideshare community.
If you've been in a serious SF Bay Area rideshare accident and have suffered:
- broken bones
- injuries requiring surgery
- or, traumatic brain injury
Then reaching out to a San Francisco Uber accident lawyer at Sally Morin Law - or getting your FREE online case evaluation - is the first step on the road to recovery.
Who is on the Hook for Uber Accidents in San Francisco? Uber or the Driver?
Nobody wants to sue a hard-working Uber driver, but going after Uber, with its billions of dollars, is another story. Don't feel bad, Uber (after fighting with all its might) is now pretty much responsible to pay for all San Francisco Uber accidents caused by drivers using the Uber app.
Historically, Uber has never looked out for its drivers. From its very founding Uber never considered its drivers employees. They define themselves as a “technology provider” not a transportation company or car service. That legal sleight of hand used to allow Uber to shift blame onto the driver, which made it more difficult for passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclist and other drivers to pursue claims against Uber directly.
This disregard for the driver left many of them on the hook with their own personal auto insurance companies for smaller Uber accidents in the past. Up until relatively recently, Uber did not even provide insurance coverage for drivers between trips. However, due to legal action in several states (including California) Uber’s own insurance—insurance above and beyond a driver’s personal policy—can be held now to contribute up to $1 million total (and sometimes much more) for any damages or injuries sustained in an accident.
Depending on where the Uber driver was in the "ride cycle," you, as a victim of an Uber accident in San Francisco may be entitled to pursue a claim against both the driver's and Uber's insurance in some instances. If you aren't sure who should pay for your SF Uber accident, get in touch with a top-rated San Francisco Uber accident lawyer now.
Get a Pro Uber Accident Team to Protect You After Your Accident
After you've been in a serious Uber accident in San Francisco, Uber's insurance company will do everything it can to make your claim a challenging endeavor. Rather than deal with their repeated defense tactics, you should enlist the expertise of a a great San Francisco Uber accident attorney to fight for your rights and get you the settlement you deserve.
Uber may even force you to take your case to court, because they know filing a lawsuit and litigating an Uber accident claim is no walk in the park. The San Francisco Uber Accident team at Sally Morin Law is used to going up against Uber and Lyft - and winning. Our team of Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are skilled at getting Uber and Lyft to pay out solid settlements to our clients in California, so we don't usually have to sue Uber. But, in those cases where they refuse to pay what's fair the Sally Morin Law litigation team does not think twice about filing suit and taking the case to the next level. We have successfully taken these rideshare companies to court in San Francisco. If this is what it takes to get our clients the money they deserve, we take on the challenge.
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Is Sally Morin Law the Right San Francisco Uber Accident Lawyer for You?
Have you suffered major injuries in a San Francisco Bay Area Uber accident? "Major" meaning, broken bones, traumatic brain injury or injuries requiring hospitalization or surgery?
Are you concerned about how your Uber accident will negatively affect your daily life, your work and your family?
Are you more focused on getting a favorable financial settlement, than punishing your Uber driver?
Are you looking for a San Francisco Uber accident lawyer who knows the in's and out's of the overly complicated claims process Uber will try to drag you though?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, Sally Morin Law - who has been handling Uber accident cases in San Francisco since Uber began - could be just the right Uber or Lyft accident attorney team for you.
Not ready to make a decision about which San Francisco Uber accident lawyer to hire yet?
You may need more time before you are ready to sign with a lawyer for your San Francisco Uber accident. But don't wait too long. Taking too much time before making your claim can be detrimental to the strength and value of your case. But, while you are trying to decide on the right Uber law firm for you, here are three things you should consider...
#1. Find a Bay Area Lawyer Who Focuses on Rideshare Accidents
Because Uber has a lot of resources and defends itself against such a high volume of accident claims, your claim will either be hard-fought or get lost in the shuffle. You need a San Francisco Uber accident expert - someone with a ton of experience with how Uber and its insurance coverage handles claims. Don't hire a lawyer who says he does "personal injury," or one who includes car accident cases in his long list of 20 "areas of specialization." You need a California attorney who focuses on Uber and Lyft accidents specifically.
The San Francisco Uber and Lyft accident attorney team at Sally Morin Law has successfully represented clients in SF Uber accident cases since Uber launched way back in 2009. We have handled numerous Uber and Lyft accident cases. Even before the word "rideshare" ever existed, we EXCLUSIVELY handled traffic accident cases - not all of the varieties of personal injury cases most injury lawyers handle.
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#2. If Uber Has Made You an Offer, You Can Bet it's Not their TOP Offer
What's the harm in trying to work things out directly with Uber? You are smart. You are reasonable. You don't need a huge settlement. Well, this actually might be the right call if the accident was really minor and you suffered no or minimal injuries like whiplash that didn't force you into the ER. For something this small, you can just use the Uber app to resolve your claim directly with Uber, rather than enlist a San Francisco Uber accident lawyer.
But, if your Uber accident was more serious and you suffered major injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, a broken bone or any injury that requires surgery, dealing directly with Uber could lead you to settle your case for way less than you deserve. Uber wants to settle these more serious cases directly with you. They love to get these claims off their books by making fast cash payouts that totally undercut the claim. They will try to get you to settle before you do two things: 1. Get a good Uber accident attorney; and 2. Determine the long-lasting effects of your injuries.
Uber will try to settle before you get a lawyer
If they can get to you before you hire a lawyer, they will likely get away with paying you a fraction of what you'd get if you hired an experienced San Francico Uber accident attorney.
Having an Attorney Will Get You More!
The Insurance Research Council found that:
People who have an attorney for their personal injury claim receive an average of 3.5 times more for their settlement than people without a lawyer.
Uber will try to settle before you know the extent of your injuries
If they can cut you a check before you find out the severity of your injuries and how they might affect you in the future, Uber cuts off your access to compensation for future expenses related to these long-term injuries such as:
Remember, the moment you sign the settlement release with Uber, your claim is over. There's no going back for more. So don't rush. In California, you have two years to resolve your personal injury claim before you have to file a lawsuit.
You are entitled by law to a fair settlement that compensates you for all provable damages that resulted from your Uber accident. But, getting a fair settlement directly from Uber is no easy feat. That’s where a 5-star rated San Francisco Uber accident lawyer can help.
#3. You May Not Even Have to Sue Anyone in Your SF Uber Accident Case
One more thing to consider when looking for the best San Francisco Uber accident attorney for your case is that your case may never have to go to court. Again, California allows you two years to resolve your claim before you have to file suit.
Even though Uber loves to put up a good fight, in most Uber accident cases in San Francisco, the case is resolved by a settlement agreement before you ever have to go to court, especially with a good settlement lawyer. However, if you don't hire a lawyer, you may needlessly find yourself in a litigation battle and possibly even trial. Because without a lawyer, Uber will do one of two things: 1. Settle your claim on the cheap real quickly; 2. Wear you down by threatening to fight you all the way to court. These are both really the same tactic, because they just want you to take the quick low-ball settlement and NOT hire a lawyer.
Do yourself a favor, get a good San Francisco Uber accident lawyer on your case way before you even have to deal with Uber.
Questions to ask your San Francisco Uber accident lawyer
When deciding on a lawyer, be sure to ask about their Uber accident case track record, how many cases they are currently handling and how often their cases go to court. Frequently, injury lawyers try to take on more cases than they can handle. This causes them to "sit" on cases for too long, which makes it really hard to settle those cases, leaving them to be fought in court.
Don't risk that! Understand that your Uber case doesn't have to end up in court and be sure to ask any potential lawyer you are considering the right questions so they will give your Uber accident case the best chances of settling for a fair amount. Of course even when a great Uber accident lawyer works hard to settle cases, sometimes justice requires a lawsuit. The SF Uber accident team at Sally Morin Law has a solid track record of winning cases with Uber - in and out of court.
Not All San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers Are Alike
The San Francisco Uber accident attorneys at Sally Morin Law are different than those 1-800 personal injury attorneys you see on billboards, MUNI buses and local TV. We aren't into getting 1,000 calls a day. We are into representing amazing clients!
"Personal injury lawyers conjure up images of tacky billboards of a guy with greasy hair and an 800 number. Sally Morin Law couldn't be any more different and is a breath of fresh air for an experience with any type of attorney."
Sally Morin Law has been helping injured individuals get the financial compensation they deserve for over 20 years. Our San Francisco Uber accident lawyers have settled significant Uber accident claims without going to court and we have successfully litigated numerous traffic accident cases (including Uber cases since 2009) in California for over two decades.
$500K Settlement Against Uber Driver
The Uber accident team at Sally Morin law secured a $500,000 settlement for a San Francisco cyclist hit by an Uber driver who was between passengers at the time of the accident. The driver tried to place blame on the cyclist, but the Sally Morin Law team successfully won a solid settlement that allowed their client to move on from this terrible accident.
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Sally Morin Law - Over 150 5-star Reviews
You may have found our website due to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic client-base we have served. We are so fortunate to be able to hand-select our clients, form great attorney-client relationships and give amazing customer service. This all translates into our clients shouting out about their experiences with our team --- and, how we have over 150 5-star online reviews from clients we've represented in California traffic accidents.
"Sally Morin Law... Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."
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You can see from our clients' reviews that:
- We don't inflate what we think your case will settle for just to get you to sign as a client.
- We have solid communication and great relationships with our clients!
- We know how to deal with Uber adjusters to get you the maximum settlement you are entitled to.
- We work collaboratively so you can make all important decisions about your case with our expert guidance.
- We put more money in your pocket by negotiating your medical bills down as low as possible before paying them from the settlement.
- We make the Uber accident process as low-stress as possible so you can focus on the things that are important to you.
Why Us for Your SF Uber Case?
The experienced San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Sally Morin Law are currently representing multiple clients (passengers, car drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists) who have been injured in Uber accidents in San Francisco. Sally herself has over 20 years of experience litigating auto accident cases in California courts. That experience means we have the ability to represent our Uber accident clients fully—from the moment we take on your case to the day you get your settlement check and even beyond.
1) We are relentless. Because we very selectively choose the clients with whom we work and don’t accept every case that presents itself at our doorstep, we give each client our fullest attention. You get superior legal representation backed by years of focused traffic accident experience that few personal injury law firms in San Francisco can offer.
2) Our Uber accident attorneys work with skilled investigators including accident reconstruction specialists and biomechanics experts to determine exactly what happened and to prove a strong case on your behalf.
3) While an insurance settlement after an Uber accident in San Francisco may be the easiest way to get the compensation you deserve, sometimes getting what's fair means going to court.
4) We have handled (and continue to handle) numerous Uber accident cases across California. These include pedestrians hit by Uber, motorcyclists hit by Uber, bicyclists run down by Ubers and cars hit by Uber drivers. Uber accidents in San Francisco are ubiquitous and we are ready to take on your Uber accident case!
5) Also, every potential client receives a case evaluation for free. There is no obligation on your part. Simply fill out our quick form for a free online case evaluation to see if our San Francisco Uber accident attorney team can help you get back on your feet.
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