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How Can I File a Lawsuit Against Uber?

By Levin Simes
July 31, 2023
You are entitled to safe and reliable transportation. If you have been injured while utilizing a rideshare service like Uber, you may have the right to bring a lawsuit for damages. 

Utilizing rideshare services like Uber or Lyft has made modern transportation easy and efficient. Most rideshares will transpire without any issues. However, occasionally, a simple Uber ride may become a nightmare. If your Uber driver is negligent or not careful car accidents can easily occur. An experienced rideshare attorney who has specialized in personal injury law can help you hold responsible parties accountable. 

If you have been injured while using a rideshare service like Uber, contact the San Francisco, California-based firm Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our helpful and caring associates are standing by to help you begin the legal process. 

How Do I File a Lawsuit Against Uber? 

The first step that you should take when considering filing a lawsuit against Uber is to hire an experienced rideshare attorney. Lawsuits of any kind are extremely complicated so hiring an experienced attorney to handle your lawsuit is one of the most important steps you can take. An Uber injury attorney will help you gather evidence, will negotiate with Uber’s legal team, and even handle complicated insurance coverage claims. 

Hiring an attorney is one of the most crucial steps in your case. Rideshare lawyers are experienced in dealing with opposing counsel, meeting important deadlines, and handling important court filings. Additionally, hiring a lawyer usually results in a higher settlement offer than those personal injury cases that proceed without an attorney. 

How To Sue Uber as a Rider: 3 Different Injuries

The first step you should take when considering a lawsuit against Uber is to consult with an experienced attorney. A car accident attorney will be able to look at the individual facts and circumstances surrounding your case and help you determine if you have cause to bring a lawsuit. You may have cause for a lawsuit if you have experienced: 

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other physical injuries: TBIs are a type of injury that affects the brain and can occur due to a sudden blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head. TBIs are common car accident injuries and can range from mild to severe. 
  • Wrongful death: In tragic cases where a loved one has died as a result of an Uber accident, their family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Uber seeking compensation for their loss and related expenses.
  • Sexual assault and harassment: If you experienced sexual assault or harassment by an Uber driver you may be able to sue Uber for damages and hold them accountable for their alleged negligence in providing a safe experience. 

A rideshare lawyer who specializes in bringing lawsuits against corporations like Uber will be able to help determine if you have a case and if you can sue for damages. 

Contact the lawyers at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. We are standing by to listen to you and help you achieve justice moving forward. To learn more about rideshare lawsuits, continue reading.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Me? 

In an Uber or Lyft lawsuit, damages typically refer to the monetary compensation that a party may be entitled to receive as a result of the harm or losses they have suffered due to Uber's actions or negligence. Bringing a lawsuit can be extremely stressful, and may even be frightening to some. However, sometimes, pursuing damages in a lawsuit is the only way to ensure you have the financial means to heal in peace. 

The specific types of damages that may be sought can vary depending on the nature of the lawsuit, the type of injury, the jurisdiction, and the facts of the case. Here are some common types of damages sought in Uber-related lawsuits:

  • Economic or compensatory damages: These are meant to compensate you for actual losses or harm suffered as a result of Uber's actions. For example, if you were injured in an accident caused by an Uber driver, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
  • Emotional distress or pain and suffering: You may be able to seek damages for the psychological impact your accident has had on you. Pain and suffering damages may refer to a loss of enjoyment of life or new emotional distress caused by the accident including feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and other emotional hardships caused by the incident.
  • Punitive damages: In certain cases, where Uber's conduct is found to be particularly egregious, malicious, or willful, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages aim to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future. 

Calculating pain and suffering damages is subjective because they rarely have a precise monetary value like medical expenses or lost wages. Factors such as the severity of the injuries, the duration of pain and suffering, the impact on the individual's daily life, and the guidance of legal precedents are taken into consideration when determining the appropriate amount of compensation

It is important to consult with an experienced rideshare lawyer who specializes in personal injury. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process and help you achieve the maximum settlement from your lawsuit. 

What Are the Dangers of Using Rideshare Services?

Utilizing a rideshare service should be a simple transaction and a quick way to travel. However, sometimes a simple Uber ride can end in a nightmare. While using rideshare services like Uber, it is important to be aware of potential dangers and potential hazards that may lead to injury. Uber claims to uphold strict safety standards

However, some potential hazards still remain including: 

  • Motor vehicle accidents relating to driver negligence 
  • Sexual harassment or assault 
  • Data privacy and security breaches

If you have experienced any kind of injury while using Uber, you may have cause to bring a lawsuit for damages. An attorney can evaluate your specific case and determine whether a lawsuit may be warranted. When you are ready, the helpful and caring attorneys at Levin Simes are standing by and ready to talk to you about your case. 

Contact an Experienced Rideshare Lawyer 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident involving Uber, it is important that you report the incident as soon as possible. Legal representation may be able to help you hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Some lawsuits are limited by time factors known as statutes of limitations. Therefore, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that you can promptly begin the legal process.

The lawyers at Levin Simes are capable of achieving impactful success for their clients. Over the past 10 years, the lawyers at Levin Simes have collected over $500 million dollars in settlements for their clients. Contact the attorneys at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000 today. Our helpful and experienced personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you bring your lawsuit for damages.

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