With the growing increase in the prevalence of rideshare apps, we’re also seeing an uptick in the number of reported car accidents involving Uber and its fleet of contract workers.
Read on to learn more about who can be liable in an Uber accident.
It’s hard to know what to do after an accident. One thing that’s especially confusing is determining who—or what—is liable in any car accident. This involves reaching a conclusion based on the evidence. In the case of accidents involving Uber drivers, the drivers themselves may be liable for their own negligent driving. Uber may even pay some or all of your damages through its commercial insurance policy if your damages exceed the limits of the driver’s policy.
California civil law is based on the idea of negligence. When someone else is responsible for your injuries, they may be held liable for your damages. That’s why when you’re involved in an accident caused by an Uber driver, their insurance may be required to pay for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
However, Uber’s policy may supplement this compensation when the responsible party lacks insurance or is underinsured. If the accident was a driver’s fault, the status of the driver who caused your accident plays a part.
If they were using the Uber app actively during a ride or were on the way to pick someone up, then Uber’s commercial policy may apply. In other circumstances, a lesser amount of insurance coverage is available, such as when the app was idle at the time of the accident.
Determining liability in accidents involving Uber drivers is complicated—which is why a car accident lawyer in San Diego can help.
After an Uber accident, you must take swift and decisive action if you are going to recover compensation. At The Kindley Firm, APC, we can help.
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