Uber and other rideshare companies are continually growing in popularity here in Montebello and other areas of California. Sometimes rideshares feel safer and more reliable than public transportation and sometimes it is simply more efficient to take an Uber. There are times when Ubers do not feel safe and efficient, however, particularly when they are involved in car accidents. Montebello Uber accident attorneys know that an Uber accident was not a part of your plan and neither were liability and insurance complications, but our attorneys can help.
The reason that rideshare companies are as successful as they have been being that they have been able to minimize their liability for Uber accidents by hiring drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. Employers’ insurance companies are typically responsible for covering employees’ actions while they are working so that if for example, an employee causes a car accident while working, the employer’s insurance policy covers the resulting injuries and damages.
Prior to California’s Uber law, people injured in Uber accidents were sometimes left without insurance coverage. This generally happened when a driver had the Uber app open in his or her vehicle, but had not yet accepted a ride. Uber would deny coverage at that point because the driver had not accepted a ride and the Uber driver’s insurance company would refuse coverage because the Uber driver was driving for hire. California’s rideshare law has helped to straighten some of the liability and insurance issues out.
After seeing that Uber was escaping liability in some cases where its drivers caused accidents, the state of California decided to fight back on behalf of its residents and visitors who utilize rideshares across the state. Now when Uber drivers are logged into the app, whether or not they have accepted a ride, Uber’s insurance policy will typically cover injuries caused by their Uber driver’s fault. While California’s law has benefited people injured in Uber accidents, rideshare accidents are still complicated and recovering for injuries and damages can still be difficult for injured parties.
When rideshare accidents happen, it is not only rideshare passengers that are at risk for injuries. Other people injured in rideshare accidents include passengers of other vehicles involved in the accident, pedestrians struck by an Uber, bicyclists who collide with an Uber, and the Uber driver as well.
Even when fault and insurance coverage is clear, receiving a full and fair recovery for Uber accident injuries can be difficult without a rideshare expert attorney. Insurance companies are more concerned with how much money they have to pay for a claim that they are about making sure that injured parties receive the settlements that they deserve.
When an attorney is advocating on your behalf, you are much more likely to receive a fair settlement. If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, contact a Montebello Uber accident attorney to discuss the facts of your case and injuries sustained.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.