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Did Someone Rear-End Your Uber?

Published on Jul 28, 2022 at 8:00 am in Uber Accidents.

Does someone rear-end your Uber while you are riding in the vehicle? Your next actions will be different depending on the specific situation you were involved in. Your first step in these types of cases should always be to contact a rideshare accident lawyer in San Jose.

Handling your case will be very different if another driver was at fault for causing a crash as opposed to your Uber driver being at fault. Additionally, whether the Uber driver was your driver or another person’s driver and whether they were technically on the clock can also be factors to consider. 

Steps to Take After Someone Rear-End Your Uber

Uber states on its website that anybody involved in a crash should check that all parties involved are safe, notify the police and paramedics when necessary, contact Uber in the Help section of the app, and then speak with a trained agent by going to the Help section of the app and tapping Call Support. As a general rule in all car accident cases, you should always make sure to seek medical attention because you never know what the true extent of your injuries might be.

Medical attention is also important because it immediately creates a medical record that will be enormously beneficial in pursuing any claims for damages later on. Insurance companies are far more likely to move to settle cases when there is a medical history, while they are more likely to deny payments when there was no medical treatment sought.

The liability involved in Uber accident claims will depend on multiple factors. When you are involved in an accident while you are in an Uber vehicle, the possible financial compensation you receive will depend on insurance coverage. 

If an at-fault driver was an Uber driver who was waiting for a ride request, then Uber will offer liability coverage of up to $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident as well as $25,000 in property damage. When the at-fault driver was an Uber driver on their way to pick up a passenger or who already had a passenger in their car, the liability insurance coverage will increase to $1 million plus certain other benefits.

At the moment of someone with another vehicle causes the accident, you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver. The other driver, however, probably does not have a policy that has policy limits as high as Uber’s.

Common Accident Injuries and Damages When Someone Rear-end Your Uber

Uber accidents can result in a wide range of possible injuries. Some of the most frequent injuries in these cases can include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Sternum and chest injuries
  • Head and face injuries
  • Intestinal injuries
  • Abdominal wall injuries
  • Neck injuries 
  • Eye injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Sprains
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal organ damage
  • ​Abrasions and lacerations
  • Bruised or fractured ribs
  • Nerve damage 
  • Hearing damage
  • Severed limbs
  • Torn shoulder muscles and tendons

When you are considering all of the many ways that Uber accident injuries can impact your life, you are right to wonder exactly how much compensation you may be able to recover. In most cases that go to trial, a jury will award compensatory damages that intend to compensate you for all of the losses you have suffered.

Compensatory damages are usually a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to the losses that can be calculated and proven, while noneconomic damages are much more subjective and do not involve inherent financial values.

Some of the most common kinds of damages in these cases include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospitalization and rehabilitation costs
  • Emergency room services
  • Disfigurement
  • Temporary or permanent disability

People whose loved ones are killed in Uber accidents may have grounds for filing wrongful death lawsuits. These actions intend to compensate families for the losses they are experiencing because of a loved one’s death.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a California Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Were you involved in an Uber accident in California? You are going to want to be sure you speak with The Ride App Attorneys.

Our firm regularly handles these kinds of cases, so we know how to navigate the complicated Uber claims process and ensure you receive every dollar you need and deserve. Call us at (888) CRASH08 [(888) 272-7408] or contact us online to set up a free consultation that will allow us to examine the details of your case and recommend your next course of action.

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