Those who ride in Ubers and share the road with Uber drivers have a reasonable right to safety. You could be owed compensation if your safety was violated in some way by an Uber driver. You may be able to collect compensation for accident-related losses if you were:
- A passenger in an Uber
- The occupant of a vehicle struck by an Uber driver
- A bicyclist or pedestrian struck by an Uber driver
Hiring a Chicago Uber accident lawyer could provide several benefits as you seek awards from an Uber accident. You may seek compensation if you were involved in an accident with a driver for another ridesharing service as well.
Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation.
Uber Provides Certain Insurance Protections
Uber explains the insurance coverage options that it provides to its drivers. These coverages may apply to you if you have been involved in a collision with an Uber driver, whether you were a passenger in an Uber or the occupant of another vehicle.
If the driver of the Uber vehicle had their app off for any reason when your accident occurred, then insurance provided by Uber does not generally apply. However, if the Uber driver had their app on and was awaiting a ride at the time that your accident occured, then the company’s coverage may generally provide:
- $50,000 in bodily injury protection, if you were the only person injured in the accident
- $100,000 in bodily injury protection, if you and others in your vehicle were injured in the accident
- $25,000 for damage to your vehicle and other personal property harmed in the accident
Coverage may increase if the driver who caused you to suffer an injury was in the process of picking up or dropping off a rider when the collision occurred. Coverage under these circumstances may include:
- Up to $1 million in liability for your injuries and property damage (comprehensive)
- Certain insurance coverage, even if you did not have insurance at the time of the collision
- Coverage for damage to your vehicle
Even with these defined coverage amounts, it is not guaranteed that you will receive the amount of insurance-funded compensation that you deserve. You could face sneaky tactics from an insurance company who wants you to settle for less compensation than would be fair.
Insurance Companies May Act in Bad Faith
Yahoo! Finance notes that auto insurance companies raked in nearly $285 billion in revenues in 2019. The insurance company that you deal with after an Uber accident could be among the biggest companies in auto insurance. These insurance companies may have substantial resources to use against you, should they choose to do so.
A lawyer may have experience dealing with auto insurance companies, including those that act in bad faith. They will deal with the involved insurance company on your behalf, and may counter bad-faith tactics such as:
- Offering a quick settlement that is of less value than what you deserve
- Using lawyers to try to get you to accept such a settlement
- Delaying the processing of your claim in an attempt to get you to accept a less-than-fair settlement
- Disputing certain facts about your account of your accident
- Disputing the amount of medical care that you require
- Disputing the amount of total compensation that you deserve
Your Chicago Uber accident lawyer will handle the entirety of your insurance claim, which may include dealing with one or more of the above obstacles. Call The Kryder Law Group today at (312) 223-1700 for more details about how we can help after an accident with a ridesharing vehicle, such as one contracted by Uber.
A Lawsuit Could Be Necessary
Certain circumstances may require you to bring a lawsuit if you hope to obtain fair compensation after an Uber accident. A lawyer can manage your lawsuit, keeping you as involved as you choose to be.
One of the possible benefits of hiring a lawyer is that they may handle your pursuit of compensation in the form of a lawsuit, while you focus on your health or other important affairs. Some of the duties that your lawyer may perform as part of your lawsuit include:
- Collecting evidence, including anything that shows how your accident occurred
- Speaking with witnesses to your accident and recording their accounts
- Calculating the cost of your covered losses
- Determining who is liable for your losses
- Filing your lawsuit
- Completing all other paperwork required to complete your lawsuit
- Making appearances on your behalf
- Escorting you to any appearances you must make
- Negotiating a settlement
- Advancing your lawsuit through a trial stage, if it is necessary
Your lawyer may take every step required to complete your case for compensation. These are the steps that you may have to take on your own if you bring a lawsuit and choose not to hire a lawyer to handle your case.
Your Lawyer May Secure Compensation
A lawyer who successfully negotiates a settlement or wins a judgement for you may secure compensation to cover your accident-related losses. Every accident produces a unique set of losses. Your lawyer will seek compensation covering your specific set of damages.
Some of those damages may include:
- The cost of medical care for your accident-related injuries
- Income you lose because you are injured
- Scarring and other physical changes
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of rehabilitating physical and psychological injuries
If you have suffered a loss from an Uber accident, then your lawyer will seek compensation to cover that loss. This includes any losses that stem from the loss of a loved one.
Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC Today
The team at The Kryder Law Group will fight to secure the compensation that you or a loved one may deserve after a ridesharing accident. Speaking with the team for a Chicago Uber accident lawyer may give you more insight into the benefits of hiring a legal team to represent you after an accident.
Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation. Do not wait to call us, as Illinois Statutes § 5524 dictates that you generally have a limited window to bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.]