What is Uber?
Uber is a transportation networking company based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2009 under the name “UberCab,” the company in some ways mimics a traditional cab service. Using a smartphone or other mobile device, passengers submit a trip request through the Uber mobile app, which is sent to drivers who use their own cars. Once the request is made, the driver picks up the passenger and takes them to their destination. Transactions are made with credit or debit cards only. Uber and its drivers do not accept cash.
Depending on location, the app allows passengers to select from different types of Uber cars.
As of May 2016, Uber’s services are available in more than 66 countries and 481 cities. In December 2015, Uber announced it had completed its one billionth ride. With more than 400,000 people driving for the company each month, the service has become a popular alternative to taxis and other forms of public transportation.
Uber Car Accidents
There are a number of reasons an automobile accident may occur. Most fatal car crashes in the U.S. are caused by a driver’s failure to keep in their proper land, failure to yield right of way, and reckless or careless driving. As the use of cell phones and mobile devices has increase, more people have been using such devices while driving.
Distracted driving, caused by engaging in any activity that may divert a driver’s attention away from driving, can potentially increase the chance of having a car accident. This includes the use of cell phones, mobile devices, and in-vehicle technologies, including navigation systems used by Uber drivers.
Accidents involving pedestrians may result in damage to legs, feet, and toes, as well as other injuries. Likewise, motorcyclists may suffer more serious injuries as a result of a collision with an automobile. In addition to physical injuries, people who are involved in car accidents may also suffer from loss of a loved one, emotional distress, post traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological injuries.
Statistics have shown that, over the past two years, crashes involving for-hire vehicles such as Uber and Lyft have more than tripled.
Injury? How an Uber Lawyer Can Help
An Uber accident attorney may be an option for people who have been injured through no fault of their own as a result of an automobile accident involving the rideshare company. Rideshare companies such as Uber have become a popular form of transportation for people who are looking for a low cost, low hassle way of getting around town. Despite the company’s popularity, Uber has been criticized for its handling of accidents involving its drivers. People or passengers who have been injured as a result of an accident involving an Uber car may be eligible for compensation with the assistance of a car accident lawyer.
Uber and Uber drivers have a duty to provide a safe environment for passengers, drivers, other commuters, and pedestrians. If there are risks of harm associated with Uber and its drivers, the company must also provide adequate warnings and safeguards. If an Uber driver fails to fulfill this duty, they, as well as the company, could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured as the result of a car accident involving an Uber car and through no fault of their own may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
To ensure that you are fairly compensated for your Uber accident injury and that you aren’t taken advantage of by an insurance company or the rideshare companies themselves, it’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney before signing any settlement papers. The attorneys at Lemberg Law are experienced in personal injury cases, have years of experience in settling claims, understand how much you can reasonably expect to recover, and know the hidden expenses that may crop up at a later date. Asking a personal injury attorney for help puts the power of the law behind you. An attorney can convincingly threaten a lawsuit if the driver insurance company or ride sharing company fails to step up to the plate, and follow through on that promise if necessary. Similarly, a lawyer can take your own driver insurance company to court if it shows bad faith in compensating you for the loss of your vehicle or an uninsured motorist claim.
The bottom line? Rely on the legal team at Lemberg Law to negotiate the best settlement possible. You’ll receive the compensation you deserve and not have to worry about whether or not the insurance company is taking advantage of you.
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