Although Uber says that it vets its drivers, users sometimes encounter sub-standard vehicles and poor drivers when they use the app. If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver that results in serious injury, you should take the following steps so you can pursue fair compensation for your injury and other damages you sustained:
- Check yourself and other passengers for injuries
- Call 911 to report the accident and request medical attention for anyone who suffered injuries
- If possible, set up flares, cones, or reflective triangles to warn other drivers of the accident scene
- Document the accident scene and damage by taking pictures with your phone
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver
- Speak to any witnesses and get their contact information
- Report the accident to Uber, either by phone or on the app
- Seek medical assistance, even if you don’t feel injured, to ensure there is a record that you received proper treatment
- Consult with a lawyer to discuss how to recover the compensation you deserve
Are Uber Drivers Required to Have Insurance?
Under California Vehicle Code Section 5430, Uber and other rideshare companies are required to have $1 million insurance policies for drivers, passengers, and third parties that cover death, personal injury, and property damage. This insurance only applies when the Uber driver is using the app, so if an accident occurs between transporting passengers, Uber is not required to offer as much money. The Uber driver’s personal insurance can also come into play in certain situations.
If you have been injured in an Uber accident as a passenger, motorist, or pedestrian, then please call our legal team at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP at (800) 462-7160 so we can review your case and help build a strong legal strategy. Schedule a free and confidential consultation today.