Know Your Rights: Using Uber

 

You’re no doubt already familiar with Uber, the app that let’s you hail a ride straight from your smartphone. But have you ever stopped to consider certain legal ramifications of getting a lift from the ridesharing service. Who is considered liable when a driver gets into an accident?

As an Uber passenger, your personal insurance policy will most likely not cover you in an Uber accident, because the accident occurred in a vehicle that was being used for commercial purposes.

Luckily, many states require that ride-sharing companies, or Transportation Network Companies, as they are now known, provide insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles. Uber provides insurance that meets or exceeds the requirements of state law in every state where TNCs are regulated. Keep in mind though, policies range from state to state.

Uber insurance benefits include:

Damages to an Uber driver’s car that occur during “Period 1” are not covered by Uber insurance, nor are they liable for personal injury to a driver in an accident that occurred during that period, if the accident was the Uber driver’s fault.

When drivers are not available to pick up passengers, they’re covered by their own personal auto insurance. However, when drivers are available, but haven’t yet picked up a passenger, the drivers are covered by their own personal insurance, plus an additional contingent liability coverage, provided by Uber. This coverage goes as high as $50,000 per injury, for a total of $100,000, if the driver’s personal insurance doesn’t cover the matter.

What we can do for you

If you or a loved one has been involved in an Uber-related auto accident that has resulted in personal injuries, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. If you were the victim of an auto accident, you are entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you prove that the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case. We have a team of skilled attorneys, nurses and private investigators ready to assist. Contact us as soon as possible for your free consultation.

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