Do people sue Uber?
The answer is, yes, absolutely, you can sue Uber if a driver hits you or if you are a passenger and your driver gets into a crash.
The company has been in the news recently, as many people have decided to sue this ride hailing company. The reasons are as endless as suing any other company. Uber Technologies Inc. is a ridesharing service that is now in 633 cities throughout the world. Its platform works on computers and mobile apps. But not just anyone can sign up. People who decide to drive for the company must undergo a background check.
And what happens if anything goes wrong?
Uber is being sued by everyone from the drivers, who want to be classified as employees and not independent contracts, so they get their fair share of benefits. Riders are suing after being in a car accident, or experiencing sexually harassment by drivers. Employees are suing for pay inequity. Rather, it’s more of a question as to who ISN’T suing them right now.
What is the most common reason to sue them?
Perhaps the most common complaint about Uber is going to be car accidents. After all, that’s where most accidents happen in life—on the road.
While Uber provides some assurance to the users that the person driving for them does not have a criminal record, DUIs, or traffic violations, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to them. Even the best driver can be the victim of someone else losing control of their vehicle.
How big is Uber?
Uber has been fast growing, and so has the number of rideshare collisions. Business Insider reported there were 327,000 active Uber drivers in 2015, up from 160,000 in 2014, with the number rising since and continuing to rise throughout 2018. We don’t know exactly how many Uber drivers are on the road, but in a June 2017 blog post, Uber co-founder Garrett Camp indicated there were “2 million drivers.”
How do you sue Uber?
You’ll need to gain a good understanding of how the insurance liability works in ride share accidents. When you need to sue them because of an accident, you may have recourse to sue the company itself, sue the driver, or sue a third party who was responsible for the accident.
The company has its own commercial vehicle insurance. The driver of the vehicle will also have their own personal insurance and the third party who was responsible will have their own insurance.
The general rule is that the insurance carrier of the driver that has caused the accident will pay for damages. However, before getting that lawsuit filed, you may need additional info. For one, there are different insurance policies at play. When you hire a an accident lawyer like Earner & Weaver, the lawyer will need to determine the insurance liability.
The first step in suing them is deciding whether or not they are the right people to sue.
How much insurance does Uber Have?
If they are the appropriate entity company to sue, they have a policy that can pay up to $1 million in coverage. Uber currently has the following coverage for riders:
- $1 million for the driver’s liability to riders
- $1 million for injuries sustained after a crash involving a non-insured or under insured driver
It’s important to seek legal advice so you can be assured that you’ll get everything you’re entitled to, so your medical bills and missed time off work are covered.
Your Important Choice
If you were involved in a crash with a large corporation like Uber is at fault, it is most likely in your best interest to speak with a lawyer who focuses on injury law to get help, this is especially true if you were seriously injured. At Earner & Weaver we can help you navigate the waters of holding a big company accountable. We don’t charge for consultations and only get paid from any settlements of verdicts we obtain on your behalf.
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