You or a loved one may have been in a recent accident involving the rideshare company Uber. If so, you might be confused about how you’ll be compensated and what kind of compensation you can get. You don’t have to do this alone. Bressman Law can help.
One of our Columbus, OH Uber accident lawyers can determine who is liable for your damages and what compensation you can recover. Your lawyer may even be able to negotiate for more than you may be aware of. There’s a lot your lawyer will do for you, and we’ll explain it to you during a free consultation.
How does Insurance Work in an Ohio Uber Accident Case?
In your accident, you may have been a passenger in an Uber vehicle, a pedestrian, or another motorist. Regardless, Uber has insurance coverage that may apply in your case. This coverage is for the company’s drivers and anyone else involved in a personal injury incident like yours. However, the Uber driver may have their own insurance that may apply to your case, instead.
For your compensation, you may have to go through Uber’s insurance or the driver’s.
Liability in Your Case
The Uber driver may be liable for your damages if the driver was not providing an Uber service at the time of the accident. In such a case, you’d get compensated through the driver’s personal insurance.
However, Uber itself may be liable if the driver got into an accident while providing an Uber service. In this case, you’d get compensated through Uber’s insurance. Also, if the driver is uninsured or underinsured, Uber may compensate you with their own insurance.
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How do You Establish Liability in an Ohio Uber Accident Case?
A Columbus, OH Uber accident lawyer from our firm will determine if the Uber driver was logged into the Uber app and providing service when your accident occurred. Once they know who is liable, your lawyer will work on establishing negligence.
Evidence of Negligence
In order to establish a party’s liability with an insurance company or a judge, your lawyer will have to present them with evidence of the party’s negligent behavior. For example, Uber may have been negligent by failing to screen out an unqualified driver, or the driver may have been negligent by driving recklessly. In your case, evidence of negligence could be:
- Footage from a witness’s cell phone camera or a traffic camera
- The report the authorities wrote up after your accident
- Data from the Uber app
- Data from a vehicle’s event data recorder
The Elements of Negligence
To establish liability completely, your lawyer will have to show how your case involves the elements of negligence. These four elements are:
- The liable party had a duty of care to act responsibly with regard to the safety of others
- The liable party breached that duty through either reckless action or inaction
- This breach is the cause of the accident
- The accident caused injuries and/or losses which are referred to as “damages.”
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What Compensation Can a Columbus, OH Uber Accident Attorney Get for Me?
Your accident may have led to significant physical and economic damages. However, on your own, you may struggle to get the compensation you deserve. The insurance policy of Uber or the liable driver may limit the damages you can recover.
Typically, you cannot recover pain and suffering and certain other damages through a simple insurance policy. You might have to negotiate or sue the other party to claim what you deserve.
An attorney from our firm can negotiate or sue for you. In any case, your attorney will fight for all of your damages which may include:
- Personal property-related damages, such as the cost of fixing your vehicle
- Medical damages, including any bills you have for physical therapy
- Income-related losses, including lost income-earning potential
- Physical damages, including the pain and any disability you’re suffering
- Other intangible damages, such as mental and emotional suffering
- Wrongful death damages if a beloved family member lost their life in an accident
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About Our Uber Accident Lawyers in Columbus, OH
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You can expect our attorney to fight hard for you, as well. You can also expect our attorney to work for you on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t have to pay any fees until they recover compensation for you.
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