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Have You Been In A Uber Accident? We Can Help

Ridesharing service Uber has exploded in popularity across the country, threatening to supplant traditional taxis in some areas. However, several recent crashes and incidents have raised some concerns about whether services like Uber are safe. Since drivers use their own cars and do not undergo traditional hiring procedures, Uber often denies liability for crashes, leaving drivers and victims without adequate compensation.

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Who Can I Sue After an Accident With an Uber?

While Uber offers a $1 million third-party liability policy for those involved in a crash with an Uber driver, it also maintains strict rules about when the policy applies. Therefore, if you are hurt in a Uber accident in Washington, DC, it’s best to speak with an Uber accident lawyer to learn your legal options.

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A DC Uber accident lawyer can navigate the changing landscape of rideshare laws and help you fight for a fair recovery.

Since an Uber accident can be a little more confusing as to who may be liable, it may be difficult to figure out how to file a claim. Whether you are a passenger, third party, or another driver, an experienced car accident lawyer can assist you in bringing a claim against Uber and/or any other liable party.

The attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have represented several successful car accident lawsuits involving Uber. If you have questions following a ridesharing accident in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, or anywhere nationwide, then we can help.

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What is Uber’s Insurance Policy?

According to its website, Uber’s insurance policy covers anyone injured by an Uber driver, whether it’s the rideshare passenger, a driver or passengers in another vehicle, or a pedestrian. In order for Uber’s insurance policy to take effect, the following must be true:

  • The driver is logged into the app. If the driver has the app off or is offline, their personal car insurance will be covering any accidents.
  • The driver is waiting for a ride request. As a driver, you have some coverage if you are in an accident while waiting to receive a request. However, this is a liability-only policy. This policy only covers the victims of a crash the driver caused. Coverage limits are at least $50,000 per person for injuries, $100,000 in total liability, and $25,000 for property damage. Additionally, this may only apply if the driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the damages.
  • The driver is en route to pick up riders and transport them to their destinations. From the moment a driver accepts a request to the moment the passenger arrives at their destination, Uber’s insurance coverage increases to $1 million. This policy includes not only liability coverage for victims (including injured passengers), but also provides uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This means an injured driver can recover from this policy if the at-fault party has no insurance or insufficient coverage. Additionally, if you have collision and comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, then Uber will provide similar coverage. However, there may be a deductible of $1,000 for property damage claims.

Despite this coverage, Uber may try to avoid liability for an accident. If the Uber driver caused the accident, then the company may deny responsibility for the driver’s negligence or recklessness. However, an Uber accident lawyer in DC can fight back against these tactics and help you recover rightful compensation from the company.

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What Are My Options As A Passenger After An Uber Accident?

If you are in an accident as a passenger in an Uber, then you should be able to file a claim with the Uber driver’s insurance company for your injuries. Nevertheless, filing a successful claim may be difficult.

If your driver caused the accident, then you should be able to file a claim under the rideshare company’s $1 million policy. The same is true if you are hurt by another motorist. However, Uber may deny your claim, often by blaming the driver.

On the other hand, if another driver caused the accident, then you may be able to file a claim with that driver’s provider. In the event that the at-fault driver is uninsured, then Uber’s UM/UIM policy should apply.

In the end, a car accident claim is complex even without additional complications like Uber. That’s why it’s always smart to contact a car accident lawyer with experience in handling rideshare insurance claims.

The car accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have a history of success with Uber accident cases. If you are an injured passenger, then we can do the work of determining liability. We can assist you in filing a claim with the proper organization. Additionally, if your damages exceed the $1 million limit, then one of our Washington, DC Uber accident lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against Uber for additional compensation.

Hurt In An Uber Accident? Contact A Washington DC Car Accident Lawyer

If you were hurt while driving or riding in an Uber, then it is crucial to contact an attorney. Since these ride-hailing services are so new, the insurance claim process can be difficult to navigate on your own. However, a qualified Uber accident lawyer in DC can offer guidance and reassurance even in these developing areas of law.

At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, our personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that unless we can secure a verdict or settlement for your case, you will not owe attorney fees. We serve rideshare accident victims in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. To discuss the details of your accident with one of our attorneys, call (202) 960-4596. You may also use our confidential online case review form.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Uber Accidents in Washington, DC

What Are the Common Causes of Uber Accidents in Washington, DC?

The most common causes of Uber accidents include:

What Are the Requirements to Become an Uber Driver?

The minimum requirements for an Uber driver in Washington, DC are as follows:

The type of vehicle you use also must meet certain requirements. In the DC Metro area, the minimum requirements for your vehicle are that it’s a four-door vehicle, in good condition, has four doors, has no commercial branding, and passes a vehicle inspection. The age of the vehicle also plays a role:

Once a driver has signed up, their driving record will be reviewed as well as their criminal history.

What Should I Do Following a Car Accident With an Uber?

If you are an Uber driver who gets into an accident, your first step is to remain calm. Check that you, your passengers, and the other parties involved are safe and ok. Call 911 and wait for emergency services to arrive.

While you are waiting, remember to exchange contact information with the other driver and any witnesses. You’ll also want to take photos of the accident scene; this will help your claim later.

When emergency personnel arrives at the scene, give a brief statement to the police and go to the hospital, even if you don’t think you were injured.

Both drivers and riders should contact Uber as soon as possible to let them know what happened. Go here to report a crash.

Finally, contact Regan Zambri Long to get help in filing your claim and to learn what your next steps should be.

How Long Do I Have to File a Rideshare Accident Case?

This depends on where the accident occurred. If you get into a car accident in Maryland or Washington, DC, you have up to three years to file a lawsuit. However, if the accident occurred in Virginia, you have two years from the date of the accident.

What Damages Can I Receive Following an Uber Accident?

You could receive compensation for the following expenses:

When you get into any type of car accident in the DC Metro area and are facing extensive injuries, don’t take on the insurance company on your own. Get the skilled car accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long to fight for your rights. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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