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What Happens if My Uber Driver Gets in an Accident?

By Levin Simes
February 21, 2024
Accidents can happen at any time. When you're a passenger in a rideshare vehicle like Uber, it's essential to understand your rights and the steps to take in case of an unfortunate event.

As a passenger in an Uber car, you have rights. If you’re injured in an Uber crash, you’re entitled to insurance money and compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. You need to take proactive steps to access these resources.

Our experienced team of injury lawyers is here to guide you through the process after an Uber accident. We can help ensure that you’re fully compensated for injuries, stress, property damage, and future medical care. From understanding insurance coverage to knowing how to pursue a claim, we aim to empower you with the information you need to make informed decisions.

Explore our resources to learn about the potential challenges that may arise if you find yourself involved in an accident while using Uber. Remember, knowledge is key when it comes to protecting your rights and seeking fair compensation. 

Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 for a free consultation if you’re in need of representation. Read on for tips on what to do after an Uber rideshare crash.

What Happens if Your Uber Gets in a Wreck: 5 Crucial Steps to Take

If you're a passenger in an Uber and your driver gets into an accident, it's crucial to know what steps to take to protect your well-being and your rights. 

Here's a general guide on what happens if your Uber driver crashes, and you sustain injuries:

  • Medical Clearance: First, everyone involved must check for injuries. It is highly advisable to call for emergency medical assistance if anyone is injured, including yourself. Even if injuries seem minor, certain conditions like brain injuries may be present and cause significant disability or death if left untreated.
  • Statement for Authorities: The driver(s) involved in a crash must report their accident to the police. If you are well enough to do so, you may need to provide accurate details of the incident as an involved witness.
  • Personal Documentation: Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, license plates, and the surroundings. Document any visible injuries like bruising or cuts. Take screenshots of your ride information — this should include the identity of your driver, time of day, route taken, etc.
  • Report the Incident to Uber: Use the Uber app to report the accident. Include initial details about injuries and property damage.
  • Consult with an Attorney: If you are injured and will need to file an insurance claim with Uber, contact an experienced personal injury attorney experienced in rideshare accidents right away. Do not discuss the details of the accident with Uber representatives before seeking legal advice on potential compensation.

Insurance coverage is provided by Uber, but in order to receive full compensation for the real cost of your injuries, you may need your own legal counsel. 

Uber has a cap on liability insurance that covers injuries sustained by passengers. If your care requires more than this amount, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, including the Uber driver or other involved parties.

Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 to discuss any injuries or losses you’ve sustained. We can help you secure appropriate compensation. 

What Happens If Your Uber Driver Crashes and You’re Injured?

Backseat passengers can be susceptible to various injuries in car accidents. The type and severity of injuries can depend on factors such as the type of collision, the use of seat belts, and the presence of safety features like airbags. 

Rideshare passenger injuries can include:

  • Common backseat passenger injuries may involve whiplash, bruising, and head injuries, including concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe and high-speed crash injuries may involve broken bones, seatbelt injuries (including internal organ rupture), and knee or leg injuries from impact with the front seats. 
  • Emotional trauma like anxiety or PTSD can result from the accident and cause persistent damage to your enjoyment of life.

In the case of all injuries, you deserve compensation to access high-quality treatment. You will need to make an insurance claim with Uber, and you will need to know the full cost of your care to secure the maximum amount available. 

A lawyer can help you with these negotiations to ensure you take home all that you’re entitled to receive.

What to Do If Your Uber Crashes? Contact a Lawyer

In the event of an Uber crash, your first priority is safety. That includes protecting your rights to the full compensation you deserve. 

As you navigate through the aftermath of an Uber crash, it's essential to document the evidence needed to secure your insurance claim. Contacting a personal injury lawyer experienced in rideshare accidents can make a significant difference for your claim and your future. 

The attorneys at Levin Simes can guide you through the legal process and pursue fair compensation for any injuries or damages you have suffered. Your well-being matters, and having a legal professional by your side ensures that you're equipped to make informed decisions during a challenging time.

Remember, every accident is unique, and the legal process can vary. Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 for a free consultation to discuss your specific situation, and ensure your rights are protected.

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