Uber has become one of the most popular ridesharing services in Kansas City. All over the city, this revolutionary service is connecting private drivers with paying passengers, and, for the most part, it has been a success.
However, when a passenger is injured due to negligent action by an Uber driver, who is at fault? The driver or Uber? Unfortunately, Uber accidents are very complex cases, and if you were injured while in an Uber ride, it’s important to contact an experienced and prominent Kansas City Uber accident attorney as soon as possible.
At Popham Law, we have the resources and experience necessary to build a strong case to hold the responsible party(s) accountable for their actions. We will diligently fight for your interests with the goal of achieving financial compensation for your injuries.
To speak with the personal injury lawyers at Popham Law, call us today at (816) 221-2288 or (844) 243-2288 (toll free).
Overview of Uber Accidents and Personal Injury
Lawsuits by victims injured in a collision with an Uber vehicle (or passengers injured in an Uber accident) raise several complications regarding insurance coverage. For instance, Uber requires that all private drivers have auto insurance. At the same time, drivers using the Uber service are not “employed” by Uber; Uber considers them as “independent contractors.”
In addition to the driver’s personal insurance, Uber also has a $1 million insurance policy to cover driver liability.
There is an important distinction regarding the defendant of a personal injury lawsuit and an Uber accident lawsuit. As an example, if the driver was on the clock for Uber, then the $1 million insurance coverage may be available. If the driver was not on the clock, you will most likely have to deal with the private driver’s insurance (unless you were a passenger, whereas several other insurance complications may come into play).
This could mean the difference between a small settlement that might barely cover your medical expenses or a fair and reasonable settlement with Uber that covers medical expenses, physical therapy, loss of income or future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Recovering Compensation for an Uber Driver’s Negligence
When an Uber driver was negligent (such as speeding, using his/her phone, using drugs or alcohol, or just being negligent in general), and that negligence caused an accident that led to your injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation for expenses incurred.
At Popham Law, our skilled Uber accident attorneys will attempt to prove liability through some of the following strategies:
- Even though the Uber driver is an independent contractor, a claim can be made against the Uber company as a third party that is also responsible for the accident
- The insurance coverage for the on-demand car service is also applicable to passengers
- The victim suffered serious injury caused by the negligent action of the driver and/or others on the roadway
- Investigating and prosecuting an uninsured or under-insured motorist case against Uber
Contact Popham Law in Kansas City Today
If you were injured in an accident involving Uber (whether in a collision with an Uber vehicle or riding as a passenger), you need aggressive, creative personal injury lawyers who can navigate the insurance coverage issues that are at play. We will work tirelessly to uncover the facts and aim to show that the driver was actively working for Uber at the time of the collision.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with the KC personal injury attorneys at Popham Law, call our downtown law office today at 816) 221-2288 or (844) 243-2288 (toll free).