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Uber may have been born in San Francisco, but it blossomed in the big city of Los Angeles. As the number of rideshare drivers in Southern California continues to increase, so does the likelihood of an Uber accident occurring.
Injury victims often struggle for months trying to get compensation from Uber drivers and their insurance companies after a serious accident. By the time they contact a Los Angeles Uber lawyer to file a claim, they’re fed up and facing a mountain of medical bills and car repairs while trying to rest and recover from their injuries.
Uber is Hoping You’ll Just Give Up and Go Away!
Here’s something important to know about Uber accidents: Uber hopes you’ll get tired of fighting and either give up or accept a lowball settlement. They’ll try to wear you down with a complex and frustrating claims process.
However, when you hire an Uber lawyer, everything changes. Now Uber realizes you aren’t going to back down and are going to demand high-dollar compensation you deserve. Suddenly they’re willing to revise their offer and it goes up, up, up!
As a ride sharing company, Uber has repeatedly come under fire for the way they handle accidents on California roads. A recent report found that these companies may be misleading the public about rideshare accidents because they want you to think their service is safe.
Because we have law offices right here in Los Angeles, we keep a close watch on the ever-changing ridesharing laws that may work to our clients’ benefit. Did you hear about California AB 5, the new gig work law? It views Uber drivers as presumed employees instead of independent contractors, which means accident victims may have new leverage to hold Uber responsible for its employees’ poor driving.
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Top Causes of Uber Accidents in Los Angeles
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, our team sees more cases where the Uber driver is at fault than where a non-Uber driver is. This is often due to driver exhaustion, driver distraction, and a total unfamiliarity with where the heck they are going.
Here are some of the top contributors to Los Angeles Uber accidents:
Speed is the number one contributing factor to the majority of car accidents in Los Angeles and is the number one cause of deaths on U.S. roads. Even traveling five or ten miles over the posted limit drastically reduces a driver’s response time and ability to control their vehicle. Speed also greatly increases a victim’s risk of serious or life-threatening injuries.
Rideshare drivers have a financial incentive to move as quickly as possible. The more passengers they serve, the more money they make. Sometimes, they put passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists at risk as they race across Los Angeles roads.
Failure to Stop
Under intense pressure to move fast, Uber drivers sometimes bend the rules of the road. They roll through stop signs, whip around corners, and avoid making full stops to decrease their travel time. This kind of behavior dramatically increases the risk of crashes, especially t-bone crashes where cars collide at 90-degree angles.
When’s the last time you had an Uber driver who was from your neighborhood? Uber attracts people across the city of LA, into the suburbs, and beyond. Many drivers don’t know the roads well and drive erratically because they’re in unfamiliar territory. They may stop in the middle of the road for no apparent reason, slow down to look at road signs, and speed up quickly to try to make up for lost time - all dangerous behaviors on the road.
With Uber, it’s all about the app. The rideshare driver is constantly looking down at their phone finding information, plotting routes, and accepting ride requests, almost as if the driving part of their voyage is an afterthought. This app-focused mindset is what leads to Uber distracted driving accidents in Los Angeles and increases your risk of being injured in an Uber accident..
When you’re behind the wheel in Los Angeles you need to be alert, awake, and ready to respond to changing road conditions at a moment’s notice. When you’re tired, you aren't able to respond as quickly as required.. Your body’s reaction time is slowed as is your mind’s ability to process the information it’s receiving. If an Uber driver is sleepy or overworked, they’re a danger on the road.
New Risk: Driverless Cars
Here’s yet another Uber risk on California’s roads. Driverless Ubers are back on our streets and these controversial vehicles have already been involved in several high-profile wrecks. If you’re injured by an autonomous car, you can sue for compensation with the help of an Uber accident lawyer.
If you've been in a serious Uber or Rideshare accident and have suffered:
INJURIES REQUIRING SURGERY
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Then speaking with a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers - or completing our FREE online case evaluation - is the first step on the road to recovery.
Here’s How Insurance Works in an LA Uber Accident
Insurance plays a huge role in Uber accident claims. Whether you’re a passenger, driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian, it may be vital to get insurance involved - but it may also be a huge hassle. You can’t necessarily rely on personal auto insurance to pay up.
Personal auto insurance policies usually decline coverage if the vehicle is being used “for hire” or if the driver is benefitting commercially from the ride. However, as an injured person, you do have other options for pursuing compensation after an LA Uber accident. Instead of personal auto insurance, commercial/rideshare insurance may cover it.
California law requires rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to hold $1 million insurance policies in case someone is injured in an accident. Uber’s partner program offers its drivers coverage with major insurance carriers like Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, and others. In the event of a covered accident, a passenger could qualify to receive payment for their injuries and other damages.
Whether or not insurance will pay for your Uber accident may depend on which of the three periods the Uber driver was in when the crash occurred.
Period 1: The driver is offline or the app is off.
During this period, the driver’s personal insurance coverage applies, not Uber insurance.
Period 2: The driver is available or waiting for a ride request.
When a driver is in this period, Uber maintains third-party liability coverage if personal auto insurance doesn’t apply, including $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.
Period 3: The driver is en route to pick up riders or is actively driving a passenger.
While a driver is actively picking up or driving passengers, Uber maintains $1 million in third-party liability insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage, contingent comprehensive and collision coverage, and up to the cash value of the car with a $1,000 deductible.
Is Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers the Right Los Angeles Uber Lawyer for You?
- Have you suffered a serious injury in an Uber accident in Los Angeles involving broken bones, hospitalization, surgery or traumatic brain injury?
- Are you worried about how the accident will affect your family and your ability to work?
- Are you looking for a solid and fair settlement, instead of punishing the at-fault party?
- Do you need an expert Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can handle the overly complicated accident claim process Uber will try to put you through?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers - with over 20 years of experience in California and a 5-star rating as a Los Angeles personal injury law firm - could be a great fit for you and your case.
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Common Injuries Passengers Suffer in LA Uber Accidents
Our clients include many victims of Uber and Lyft accidents in Los Angeles who are looking for a way to pay expensive medical bills. Here are some of the most common injuries we’ve seen.
Head and Neck Injuries
Uber passengers typically ride in the back seat. In this position, a victim’s head will likely shift violently forward or to the side in a crash and may even strike the rear of the front seat or window. This impact can cause head trauma, facial injuries, even concussion and traumatic brain injuries with lifelong effects.
Knee and Lower Limb Injuries
Something we don’t often see in normal car accident cases, but frequently with our Uber passenger accident clients, is leg injuries. If the leg comes into contact with the rear of the front seat, the impact can cause irreparable damage to the delicate joints in the lower limbs. Knee trauma is a common injury seen by ER crews treating victims of an Uber accident in Los Angeles and may require multiple surgeries to correct. Victims may have lasting leg pain and reduced mobility for life.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
If the passenger sees an accident about to happen, their normal response is to throw their hands out to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this doesn't usually help when you’re involved in an Uber crash because the forces involved are far too strong. You could have broken fingers, disjointed wrists, torn ligaments, and fractured arms - any of which could require seeing a special type of surgeon to repair the damage.
3 Important Things to Know About LA Uber Accidents
If you aren't ready to hire an attorney for your LA Uber crash yet. We’ve listed the top three things you should consider when deciding whether or not to hire a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer.
#1. You Need an Attorney Who Understands Rideshare Accidents
Uber tries to use slippery tactics and will look for any possible way to avoid paying an expensive Los Angeles accident claim. You need a team of legal experts on your side who are thoroughly familiar with how Uber operates.
Don't just hire a general personal injury attorney, or one that sometimes dabbles in car accident cases. You want someone who focuses on rideshare accidents specifically. At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have handled numerous Uber and Lyft accident cases in California.
Even before Uber and Lyft ever existed, we ONLY represented people in traffic accidents - not other types of personal injury accidents. We’ve been representing clients in Uber accident cases since Uber launched in 2009.
#2. You May Be Entitled to More Money Than Uber Offers You
Uber will try to confuse and frustrate you with their arduous claim process. This process might be sufficient for a minor accident, but if you have suffered major injuries you’re risking your physical and financial health by working directly with Uber.
Uber will pretend to be your friend so they can settle your claim quickly for as little as possible. Until you get an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident attorney on your case, Uber is not going to make an offer that adequately compensates you for things like:
- Extended physical therapy or other future treatment
- Lost wages from periods away from work
- The value of lost services you were physically unable to perform during your recovery
- The pain and suffering you endured as a result of the accident
It’s your right under California law to request a FAIR settlement that adequately compensates you for the damages your Uber accident caused. But Uber will put up a good fight, so you’ll need an experienced Los Angeles Uber lawyer by your side.
#3. Your LA Uber Accident Case May Not Have to Go to Court
Good news: In the vast majority of Uber accident cases in Los Angeles, the parties involved come to an agreement before even having to go to court. Actually, without a lawyer, you may unnecessarily end up in litigation and maybe even trial.
Ask any lawyer you are considering what their track record is with Uber. Many California personal injury lawyers are too overworked to give your case personal attention, which means their inattention allows your case to end up in court.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have a solid history of settling our cases with Uber without the hassle of court. We’re here to listen to you and give you the attention your case deserves.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers...
We get solid, quick results without litigation in about 94% of our cases. But, when getting what's fair for our client requires going to court, we take on that challenge. With 20 years of experience litigating traffic accident cases in California, we don't shy away from a fight when it's in the best interest of our client.
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We get high-value results! – and in about 94% of those cases that’s without litigation. Of course, if your case requires going to court, we can easily take on that challenge too. With 20+ years of experience litigating traffic accident cases in California, we don't shy away from a fight when it's in the best interest of our client.
We’re not your typical personal injury lawyers. The Los Angeles Uber accident attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers are different than those old-school personal injury attorneys you see plastered across billboards and shouting at you in commercials. We aren't into the ego thing. We’re into our clients!
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Check out Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers' Los Angeles Client Reviews and Testimonials
The team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers prides itself on providing unparalleled customer-service. You can see in our reviews that:
- We don’t make bold promises just to get your business.
- We are accessible — we return your calls and emails ASAP.
- We discuss all crucial decisions with you and give you the information needed to make good choices.
- We fight against crafty Uber adjusters and lawyers to get the maximum amount you deserve.
- We negotiate with your medical providers to reduce your bills, letting you take more of the settlement money home.
- We make sure you get your FULL financial recovery quickly with as little stress as possible.
We Handle Your Personal Injury Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life
After a Los Angeles Uber injury, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. We handle many areas of the law, including Uber accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering while we handle the legal details. We truly care about Californians. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.
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