What Do You Do If You Are In Accident With An Uber Driver?

What Do You Do If You Are In Accident With An Uber Driver?

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What Do You Do If You Are In Accident With An Uber Driver?Technology is amazing, isn’t it? Self-driving cars will soon be the mainstream. Virtual Reality is becoming a reality. And you can get a ride somewhere simply using an app on your phone.  Uber has taken the world by storm by offering an alternative to taxis throughout the world, but Uber comes with its own set of problems. Let’s not forget Lyft.  Lyft is similar to Uber but does not cover all the geographies that Uber does..yet.

It really is very easy to use Uber.  If you the app you basically just press a button and Uber sends someone to get you and bring you where you want to go.  Uber employs drivers all over the world to handle the transportation piece, and will soon use driverless cars in Pittsburgh.

Speaking to an anonymous source recently we discovered becoming an Uber driver is not that difficult.  Yes, they run a background check and a driver’s history check, which they send to the potential candidate, but they are not very strict in their hiring drivers.  The anonymous Uber driver we spoke with had a number of motor vehicle infractions including driving without insurance and registration, multiple speeding tickets and reckless driving.

Furthermore, Uber started sending this driver on jobs before he submitted a copy of his registration and did not require additional levels of insurance (which most insurance companies require).  Essentially you are paying for what you get and potentially put yourself at risk.  The question remains, what do you do if you are involved in an accident while a passenger in an Uber vehicle?  What do you do if your car is involved in an accident with an Uber driver?  Here are some of the laws that help you in achieving your compensation for the losses that occurred to you or the driver while you run into an accident when in one of these cars.

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In 2013 the rules of the transportation industry changed dramatically. This was the onset of what is then called ride sharing services; Uber, Lyft, Sidecar. These transportation services differed from taxis, buses, or trains, services that have become quite accustomed to because individuals were driving their own vehicles in exchange for compensation. When someone was in a taxi or a bus, it was clear who was responsible. The law required they have insurance. With the new drivers driving their own vehicles on these application platforms, the law was unclear as to whether there would be any coverage whatsoever for harm or injury caused in an accident?

uber or lyft driver accidentOn New Year’s Eve, 2013: Sophia Liu was killed while crossing the road with her mother. She was hit by an Uber driver who was looking down while making a right-hand turn. The tragic death of Sophia put the issue of responsibility into the forefront. As a result of handling that case, Attorneys designed a plan of action not just to recover from them but to change the entire system for the betterment of everyone in the United States. The attorneys helped to drive a bill AB2293 that went through the State Legislature. It requires that these transportation companies such as Uber provide one million dollars’ worth of insurance to people who are riding in the vehicle or people who are hit by one of these vehicles while transporting a passenger or going to pick a passenger up. It also provided for the first time protection for drivers of the vehicle who may be hit by uninsured or underinsured motorists.

Attorneys also involved themselves in the Ride Sharing Hearings as they wanted to make sure that protections were in place, the vehicles were properly inspected, the drivers would be vetted and the consumers would get the transportation and safety that they deserve. Many Law firms continue to work on legislation that will hold ridesharing or transportation network carriers responsible for their conduct.

What Should You Do If You’re Involved in an Accident With Uber, Lyft or Sidecar?

After taking care of the immediate accident steps as outlined in this blog post you will want to speak to a personal injury attorney.  The laws are still being shaped for this type of service and your accident may help to shape the future of ridesharing services.  Uber and Lyft will be quick to try to settle, as will the insurance companies, so it is important that you speak to an attorney.

It is extremely important when dealing with a new service model, or new technology, that you speak with a personal injury lawyer.  Trial attorneys are the best-prepared lawyers when it relates to issues like this.  Don’t try to take on Uber and/or the insurance companies on your own.  Get help.



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Protect Yourself Against Underinsured & Uninsured Drivers.

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Protect Yourself Against Underinsured & Uninsured Drivers.

car accident uninsured drivers ctIn the last week there have been several very bad car accidents on interstate 95 and interstate 91 in the New Haven CT area.  If you have spent any time driving in the area then you know that these roads are heavily congested with cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles.  Combine that with constant construction and/or bad weather conditions and you have a recipe for trouble.  It’s a safe bet that not everyone driving these highways have enough insurance to pay for damages and injuries in the event of an accident.  Our team decided we should discuss how to protect yourself from drivers who do not have enough insurance as well as uninsured drivers in CT.

Generally speaking, when you are in a car accident and someone else is at fault; that person is responsible for paying for your losses.  Most of the time that means the other driver’s insurance company will pay your bills for any property damage and medical expenses. That all works great as long as the other driver is carrying car insurance but unfortunately not everyone does. In fact across the U.S an estimated 1 in 8 motorists is driving without auto coverage, or is underinsured.  In some states this is an even bigger problem. In Oklahoma, twice as many drivers are uninsured. Every time you begin driving you are at risk of being hit by an underinsured or uninsured driver.

What should you do to protect yourself, your family and your property?  What happens if I am the victim of an uninsured or underinsured driver crashing into my car? Action Law Group is here to tell you don’t fret. . There is coverage available to protect you, your family and your passengers as well as your vehicle from drivers who don’t have enough coverage, or worse, none at all.

Connecticut law states that all vehicles need insurance but you are only required to carry liability and uninsured/underinsured coverage.  In Connecticut you are required to carry $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident on both liability and uninsured/underinsured coverage.   The truth is this is not a lot of coverage and it can be exhausted very quickly.  Medical bills can quickly surpass $20,000 if there are serious injuries.

Let’s consider this example: Someone is driving without insurance and he or she crashes into your car.  The loss and injury caused by the other driver will be covered up by your insurance, but only up to $20,000 per person or $40,000 per accident.  If the other driver does have insurance but only the the minimum required by Connecticut state law then your insurance covers the difference.  This is the part of your insurance known as underinsured coverage.  If your medical bills, and/or liability are over the amount that is covered by both policies then you are on the hook for the remaining balance.

protect yourself uninsured drivers ctYou should sit down and talk with your insurance agent to fully understand your current level of coverage, and figure out what coverage options are best.  If you went with the bare minimum required by Connecticut law then you are putting yourself at risk.  If you have ever been involved in a car accident then you know it doesn’t take much to surpass your coverage especially if you only have the required minimum.

If you have been involved in an accident it is best you speak to an attorney to understand your rights and obligations under the law.  Without proper legal support you may not understand what your current insurance should cover, or what the other driver’s insurance should cover. It’s also important to note that insurance companies are going to be quick to offer a settlement in their own best interest.  They are a business and like any other business they are trying to make profits.  Make sure you have someone looking out for your best interests.

To recap:

  1. Speak to your insurance rep to determine what coverage you should have on your policy to minimize risk. We recommend speaking to an independent agent as they will provide you with the best coverage at the best rate since they are not tied to one insurance company.
  2. If you are involved in a car accident speak to an attorney to understand your rights and obligations under the law. Often there are time limitations on claims so it is best to act quickly.
  3. Be sure to review your insurance policy at least once a year.  You will want to check that you have enough coverage for underinsured and uninsured drivers.
  4. Follow these steps to avoid rear-ending another car while driving on heavily traveled highways like 95 and 91.  
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