Normally, taking a ride with an Uber driver is a safe and reliable means of travel.
However, Uber drivers are also responsible for many car crashes each year.
If you were involved in an Uber car wreck, you might be entitled to financial compensation.
You should speak with an experienced Uber accident attorney who can help you get the most for your Uber crash settlement.
What Should I Do If I’m Involved in an Uber Accident?
When you are involved in a car crash with an Uber driver, you may not know what to do next. There are several important steps you should take to protect your health and your right to recover damages.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you were involved in an Uber wreck, seek medical attention immediately.
You may have suffered injuries, some of which could be life-threatening if not treated quickly. You should see a medical doctor and receive a thorough examination, even if you received medical care at the scene. The doctor can perform an in-depth medical evaluation and treat any injuries.
Importantly, if you decide to file a claim, you will need a medical record detailing all of your injuries. This record will be important to proving your damages during settlement negotiations or trial. Make sure you follow up regularly with your medical provider to treat any long-term injuries.
Do Not Accept an Immediate Settlement Offer
After an accident, insurance companies will send insurance adjusters to settle claims quickly and cheaply. Uber carries insurance policies for its drivers, and the insurance adjusters will likely contact you immediately after a crash.
Insurance adjusters will often offer you a settlement right away and promise immediate payment. You must remember that the insurance adjuster represents the insurance company paying for the settlement. Their job is to settle the claim for as little money as possible. The adjuster will likely offer you an amount far below what your claim is worth.
If you decide to accept the money, your decision may prevent you from recovering future damages. You should speak with an Uber accident attorney before speaking with an insurance adjuster or agreeing to any settlement offers.
Contact an Attorney
Due to the nature of Uber’s business and its relationship with its drivers, Uber accident cases can be very complicated. Additionally, negotiating with insurance companies is often frustrating and demoralizing. They will fight you every step of the way to limit the amount of money you can recover.
An experienced Uber accident attorney understands how to handle insurance companies and has experience dealing with Uber lawsuits. Your attorney can investigate and explain your case, negotiate with the insurance companies, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Much Is the Average Uber Accident Settlement?
Like all car accident cases, Uber accident settlement amounts depend on the circumstances of each case.
Your settlement amount will depend on:
- Who is at fault
- The extent of your injuries
- The amount of money available
Each driver is required to carry insurance to cover costs related to a car accident. If another driver is at fault, you may recover damages from that driver’s insurance policy. If the Uber driver is at fault, Uber may need to cover your damages through its own insurance policy.
Injuries and damages from an Uber wreck fall into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are relatively straightforward and easy to calculate. They include costs such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages include costs such as:
- Emotional trauma
The amount you can recover will depend on the extent of your injuries. If your injuries require long-term care, you may be entitled to a substantial monetary award to cover the cost of your treatment.
Calculating damages can be complex, and often parties will fight over the amount and severity of your injuries. This can be a grueling and painful process. Your attorney will help fight for your interests and your right to receive fair compensation.
How Long Will Uber Take to Settle My Case?
The time it takes to settle an Uber accident lawsuit depends on the circumstances and facts of each case.
Depending on the complexity of each case, several factors may affect your timeline for your Uber accident settlement:
- Proving liability, especially if more than two drivers are involved
- The extent of your injuries and other damages
- The quality and amount of evidence you can demonstrate
- The amount of the settlement negotiation involved
- Whether you hire an experienced lawyer
If you have strong evidence and present a powerful legal argument, you may have leverage to ensure Uber or its insurance company settles quickly.
Hiring an attorney can help speed up this process. Your lawyer can gather evidence and form a strong legal argument to justify your claim. If the opposing party believes they will lose if the case proceeds to trial, they may be more likely to settle and do so quickly.
How We Can Help
Hiring an experienced lawyer can significantly improve your chances of receiving a fair Uber accident settlement.
Settling a car crash claim can be a long and difficult process. Your attorney can help alleviate this pressure and handle the stress for you.
An attorney can help you by:
- Gathering witness statements and accident reports
- Speaking with medical professionals and police
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Representing you during settlement proceedings
- Fighting for your interests if your case goes to trial
Your attorney understands this process and can provide you advice on the best legal options available. Your attorney will create a strong strategy and work to maximize your recovery.
Contact a Skilled Georgia Attorney Today
If you were involved in an Uber accident, the experienced attorneys at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., have decades of experience providing exceptional legal services to our clients.
You have a right to seek monetary compensation, and our dedicated staff will work with you every step of the way.
We are here to answer your questions and provide you with support to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact our office at 706-354-4000 or fill out an online form today.