Uber is a ride-sharing service that allows customers to request a ride from nearby drivers using the company’s iPhone or Android app. The car arrives in minutes and drivers the passenger to the desired location without the hassle of a taxi. The tech startup service is expanding at a rapid rate, and with it, ridership in Massachusetts is skyrocketing. Bostonians, long frustrated with sub-par taxi service, are embracing the rideshare service. Unfortunately, the increase in ridership comes with an increase in the number of accidents involving Uber vehicles. The aftermath of an accident can be confusing and difficult to manage.
How is being in an Uber accident different from other car accidents?
- Uber considers its drivers “independent contractors” and not employees in an attempt to deny fault for any injuries sustained in an accident. If you are a passenger in an Uber car during an accident, you are entitled to compensation by both the driver’s insurance policy and the company’s additional $1 million per ride policy.
- Uber defines itself as a technology provider, not as a transportation company or car service, which allows the company to place more blame on the driver and makes it more difficult for passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers to make complaints and claims with Uber.
- There is no customer service phone number available for those involved in an Uber accident to call, just an email address. The company is notoriously difficult to communicate with, and victims can become discouraged. Our attorneys will use their years of experience to hold both the driver and the company responsible.
- Up until March of this year, Uber did not provide coverage for drivers between trips when there is no customer in the car. Intense criticism after a tragic accident prompted a change in company policy allowing $50,000/$100,000/$25,000 of contingent coverage between trips.
- Even if you were a driver in another car that was involved with a motor vehicle driven by an Uber driver, or if you were a pedestrian, you are still entitled to substantial compensation from the driver’s insurance as well as Uber’s additional policy.
Uber Car Accident Attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP
Accidents involving Uber cars are unique because although the driver is an “independent contractor,” injured passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians may be entitled to compensation from the driver and the company. Most motor vehicle accidents are the result of another person or entity’s negligence.
Re-posted from https://www.altmanllp.com/uber-accidents.html