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Uber Passenger Insurance May Help You Recover After an Injury

By Levin Simes
February 19, 2024
You may be wondering “Does Uber insure passengers?” Uber passenger insurance can serve as an important resource for individuals who sustain injuries during a ride. 

Uber passenger insurance coverage is designed to provide financial assistance and support to Uber passengers who experience accidents or incidents resulting in injuries. Whether the injury occurs due to a traffic collision or another unforeseen circumstance, Uber's passenger insurance may cover your recovery costs. This insurance serves as an additional layer of protection for riders and may help you heal in the aftermath of an injury and seek necessary compensation. 

Compensation from a lawsuit can be essential to making sure you and your family are taken care of. Financial compensation from a lawsuit can be used to pay medical bills, pay for day-to-day living expenses, as well as major expenses like rent or your mortgage.

Contacting an attorney can be beneficial even if you are unsure about a lawsuit. An attorney can answer your questions about insurance or other rideshare accident matters. Insurance is complicated. Talking to a lawyer before you decide on litigation may be beneficial to you and your case. 

Understanding the details of Uber's passenger insurance and its coverage can be instrumental in ensuring that passengers are aware of their rights. You can also access the support they need in the event of an unfortunate incident during their ride. The team of rideshare attorneys at Levin Simes is here to help. Contact us online or by calling our offices at (415) 426-3000. We are proud to offer no-cost case evaluations and are standing by to answer all your questions.

Financial Compensation Available in a Rideshare Lawsuit

You may be wondering “ Does Uber insurance cover passengers?” The answer is yes – Uber maintains insurance for ridesharing and deliveries. This includes insurance that covers at least $1,000,000 for property damage and injuries to riders and third parties involved in an accident where the driver is at fault. In California, drivers who use rideshare apps are also required to carry their own rideshare insurance to fill in any coverage gaps. 

If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare service like Uber, you may be able to bring a lawsuit and receive financial compensation. The monetary compensation you may be potentially awarded is intended to restore the injured party to the position they were in before the wrongful conduct occurred. The financial awards you may be entitled to in a rideshare lawsuit may include: 

  • Medical treatments: If you have been physically harmed in a rideshare accident, this type of award will include recovery for the costs of your medical treatment. This financial award can cover many aspects of your care including hospital bills, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and other healthcare expenses related to the injuries sustained.
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity: If you have lost income due to your inability to work during recovery, you may be able to bring lawsuit for lost wages. If your injury is serious enough so that it prevents you from working in the future, you may also be able to recover future lost earnings.
  • Pain and suffering awards: Financial compensation exists for Pain and suffering. This monetary award is intended to compensate for physical pain, emotional distress, and suffering resulting from the rideshare incident. Pain and suffering are incredibly difficult to calculate. It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney when it comes to pain and suffering compensation. 
  • Punitive damages: In certain cases involving serious negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the rideshare driver or deter similar incidents in the future. 
  • Wrongful death compensation: In cases where a rideshare incident results in a fatality, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death recovery. These may cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress of surviving family members.

The availability and extent of the financial compensation available can vary based on the specific facts of each case, the severity of injuries, and the applicable laws in the jurisdiction. To pursue compensation effectively, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can assess the details of the case and identify the awards applicable to the specific situation.

The attorneys at Levin Simes are very experienced in insurance coverage litigation as well as personal injury law. We recognize the unique difficulties of suing Uber and other rideshare companies for insurance benefits. Contact our team online or by calling (415) 426-3000 to learn more about how our lawyers can help you pursue the financial compensation you are legally entitled to. 

Insurance Coverage for Uber Passengers

Many who use rideshare services like Uber are unaware of the insurance protection they are entitled to. Insurance coverage for Uber passengers is a key aspect of ensuring financial protection in the event of an accident or incident during a ride. Uber provides insurance coverage to passengers to address potential injuries or harm that may occur while using their rideshare service.

Uber provides liability coverage to passengers, which applies if the Uber driver is at fault in an accident. This coverage includes bodily injury and property damage to third parties, ensuring that passengers are protected if the driver's negligence leads to injuries or damage to others.

Uber passengers need to understand that the coverage varies depending on the driver's status at the time of the incident:

  • App Turned Off: If the Uber driver's app is turned off, the driver's personal auto insurance is the primary coverage.
  • App Turned On: When the driver's app is turned on, but they have not yet accepted a ride request, Uber will provide partial coverage. In these instances, Uber provides liability coverage for third-party injuries and property damage, along with limited coverage for the driver's vehicle.
  • En route to pickup or during the trip: Once the driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to pick up the passenger or during the trip, Uber's full coverage is in effect. This includes liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist, and contingent comprehensive and collision coverage. 

Understanding the nuances of Uber's insurance coverage can help passengers ensure they are aware of the protection available to them in different scenarios. An attorney who is experienced in rideshare litigation can help you understand the different levels of insurance coverage and how they apply to your legal claim. If you have questions about your own insurance, talking to an attorney may be beneficial to you. 

Contact an Experienced Rideshare Attorney Today 

Hiring an attorney is one of the most important steps in the legal process. You want to be sure that you are hiring a lawyer who is experienced in the type of law that will pertain to your lawsuit. The lawyers at Levin Simes have handled many rideshare lawsuits and have secured numerous jury awards and substantial settlement awards for our clients. 

Collectively we have won billions of dollars for our clients by holding national corporations accountable. If you have been injured while using a rideshare service, you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Contact the rideshare lawyers at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. We are standing by to listen to your story and help you pursue your claim. 

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