BOSTON UBER ACCIDENT LAWYER – RECOVERING COMPENSATION FOR INJURED CLIENTS
In the state of Massachusetts, across the U.S., and around the world, the rideshare industry has flourished rapidly over the last decade. But what happens when you ride in a car with Uber, and there’s an accident, and you’re injured?
A Boston Uber accident lawyer at Parker Scheer can help. If you’re injured because you were involved in an Uber car accident, make the call at once.
Uber’s unprecedented growth and success have been so swift that insurance companies and lawmakers are racing to catch up. That’s one reason why an Uber accident in Massachusetts can be so legally complicated.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU’RE INJURED RIDING WITH UBER?
What happens when another driver – or another driver’s passenger – is injured in a collision with an Uber vehicle? And what happens if you are riding in an Uber vehicle and you’re injured?
Who pays for your injuries, your lost wages, and your other damages and losses?
Personal injury claims filed against Uber are complicated by several considerations. If an Uber driver causes a collision, he or she may be reticent to admit fault – and lose the employment.
Still, in terms of safety and insurance coverage, Uber transportation is a good deal for passengers.
HOW MUCH INSURANCE COVERAGE DOES UBER PROVIDE?
When you ride using your Uber account, the company provides $1 million in liability coverage, and that’s on top of any personal coverage you may carry or any additional coverage your driver may have purchased.
When an Uber vehicle is involved in a crash, the first question that arises is whether the vehicle was “in service” when the accident occurred.
The answer will determine if the accident is covered by Uber insurance or by the driver’s own personal insurance policy.
HOW CAN THE UBER ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS OF PARKER SCHEER HELP?
Each case involving Uber is different, so anyone who is injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle in Massachusetts should consult with an accident attorney at Parker Scheer as quickly as possible after obtaining medical treatment.
In cases involving an Uber driver’s negligence, Uber has insisted that because an Uber driver is not an employee, but instead is an independent contractor or “Uber partner,” Uber is not liable for driver negligence.
Still, if you’re injured while riding as an Uber passenger, all Uber passengers are covered – at least in theory – by Uber’s one-million-dollar liability coverage without regard to which driver was negligent or at fault.
However, you may still need a personal injury attorney’s help.
HOW IS THE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR AN UBER ACCIDENT DETERMINED?
If you are injured in another vehicle in a collision with an Uber vehicle, the Uber driver’s coverage will hinge on that driver’s duty status.
If there are no riders in the Uber vehicle and the driver is not en route to pick up a passenger, the only coverage on the Uber vehicle is the driver’s personal policy.
Coverage increases when the driver is en route to pick up a passenger, and when a passenger is in an Uber vehicle, the amount of coverage increases to $1 million.
HOW DOES UBER COVERAGE COMPARE AGAINST TAXICAB COVERAGE?
That means you have substantially more insurance coverage in Massachusetts when you request Uber and ride in an Uber vehicle than when you ride in a taxicab in this state.
Uber prices may be slightly higher than taxicab costs, but Massachusetts requires taxicabs to carry only $20,000 of liability insurance.
If you are seriously injured in an accident – if you sustain a traumatic brain injury, a serious spinal cord injury, or any other disabling or permanent injury – $20,000 will not even begin to cover your costs.
Passengers, generally speaking, are not responsible for their crash-related injuries. Thus, they look to the person at fault: the Uber driver or taxi driver, or the driver of the other vehicle.
Uber drivers and passengers should both understand their risks as well as their rights when working for or taking advantage of ridesharing services like Uber.
If you are injured in a collision with an Uber vehicle in Massachusetts, or if you are injured as an Uber passenger in this state, discuss your rights and options at once with an experienced Boston Uber accident lawyer at Parker Scheer LLP.
WHY SHOULD YOU TALK TO AN ATTORNEY AT PARKER SCHEER?
A personal injury caused by a complete stranger’s negligence can be emotionally and physically devastating. The only way to know for sure if you have a case – and if you can be compensated – is to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.
Eric J. Parker, the Director of Parker Scheer’s Complex Personal Injury Group, is one of Boston’s leading personal injury trial attorneys with more than 23 years of experience successfully representing injury victims.
You can be confident that the legal team at Parker Scheer is fully committed to winning the best possible results for our personal injury clients and their families.
If you’ve been injured in any accident involving an Uber vehicle, call Parker Scheer at (617) 996-0724, or complete the contact form here on our website.
It costs you nothing to learn more about your case – your first consultation with Parker Scheer is free – and you’ll owe us nothing unless and until we obtain compensation on your behalf.