If you had a recent accident involving the rideshare company Uber, you might have trouble getting compensated. You will have to determine whether the Uber driver or the company itself is liable for your damages, and the liable party’s insurance policy may not cover all of your damages.
Our firm can help by establishing the liable party for you and negotiating with the insurer for your damages. One of our lawyers can even sue a liable party if necessary. During a free consultation, we’ll tell you all about working with your Uber accident lawyer serving Hilliard, OH. Our personal injury lawyers can handle your entire case while you rest and recover.
Your Uber Accident Lawyer Serving Hilliard Can Establish the Liable Party in Your Case
On your own, you may struggle to establish liability in your case. You’d have to find evidence of their liability and establish the elements of negligence. These are tasks an Uber accident lawyer from our firm can do for you.
Identifying the Liable Party
One of the first things your lawyer will do is determine whether the Uber driver was logged into the Uber app at the time of the accident. In this case, Uber may be liable. For example, when the driver is waiting to match up with a fare, en route to the fare, or with a passenger, Uber’s insurance may cover damages up to a certain amount.
If the Uber driver was not logged on, their personal auto insurance may apply instead. You can see where identifying the liable party can get tricky, and insurers may go back and forth, disputing liability.
Something else your lawyer will do right away is check whether the driver is sufficiently insured to cover all of your damages. If so, your lawyer will file a claim with the driver’s insurance. If the driver is not sufficiently insured, your lawyer could file a claim with Uber’s insurance. You may also have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.
Evidence of Liability
To actually establish the other party’s liability in your case, your lawyer will need evidence. This could come from various sources, such as:
- The Uber app
- The event data recorder in the Uber driver’s vehicle
- The report the police wrote up after the accident
- A witness
- A traffic camera
The Elements of Negligence
In any legal case, an attorney must show how each of the elements of negligence applies to the case. This is necessary in order to fully establish liability in the case. Your lawyer can show the elements of negligence for you. They include:
- Duty of care: Another party owed you a basic duty of care to keep you safe.
- Breach of duty: They breached that duty in some way.
- Causation: The breach caused the accident.
- Damages: The accident resulted in your injuries and losses.
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Who Covers Uber Accidents in Ohio?
Both Uber itself and Uber drivers can provide coverage for Uber accidents. Uber’s insurance can cover Uber drivers and passengers, as well as other motorists and pedestrians involved in accidents. Uber drivers’ insurance can also cover the parties involved in an accident.
In any accident case, Uber’s coverage or the driver’s coverage may apply. It depends on the circumstances of the case.
The Circumstances in Your Case
If at the time of the accident, the Uber driver had been performing a company service, Uber’s coverage may apply in your case. This coverage may also apply if the driver is uninsured or underinsured.
The driver’s personal auto insurance coverage may also apply. For instance, if the driver was taking a break from work and turned the app off, their insurance coverage may apply.
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Your Lawyer Can Also Negotiate With the Insurer for Your Damages
Once your lawyer has built your case against the other party, they argue for your damages. Negotiations can be even more complicated. If the insurer denies certain damages or diminishes their value, your lawyer will have to fight back.
Still, the driver’s insurance policy or Uber’s policy won’t cover certain damages, such as pain and suffering. Your lawyer will also have to attribute monetary values to pain and suffering and your other non-monetary damages and then negotiate for those values. You have the option to seek these damages in a personal injury lawsuit, though.
Potential compensation could also include:
- The cost of your vehicle repair, if applicable
- The costs of any other damaged personal property
- Lost income during your recovery period
- Lost income-earning potential
- Medical bills
- Bills for various therapies, like physical therapy
- Physical impairment or disability
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About Our Uber Accident Lawyers Serving Hilliard, OH
The attorneys from our firm serve Hilliard, OH, and nearby communities. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience in personal injury law, exclusively, which applies directly to your Uber accident case. We can help even if your case involves the loss of a loved one. Also, much of our attorney’s experience is in the courtroom.
Our clients also appreciate that our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. In this arrangement, your attorney won’t charge you any fees until after your case resolves and unless your attorney recovers compensation for you.
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Contact Us About an Uber Accident Attorney Serving Hilliard, OH
One of the attorneys from our firm can ease your troubles by taking over your entire case for you and resolving it with either an insurer or a judge. During a free consultation, we’ll review your case with you and explain how one of our attorneys can help with it. After your consultation, if you hire one of our Uber accident attorneys serving Hilliard, OH, we can consult with you further in person.
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