For many people in the Philadelphia area, rideshare services like Uber are extremely beneficial. There are many situations in which people open their Uber apps and have a ride ready with a simple touch of a button. Uber is quick, convenient, and can be a lifesaver if you do not have a working vehicle, have had too much to drink, or are visiting the city and do not want to rent a car.
Most Uber users do not think twice about taking a ride with a stranger. However, Uber rides can be risky for many reasons and can result in crashes and injuries. No two Uber accidents are the same, and each case can have unique legal issues that can complicate the insurance or legal process. For this reason, you want to seek help from a lawyer who specifically understands how to handle Uber accident cases.
The Levin Firm in Philadelphia knows how to help clients injured in Uber-related accidents. We are ready to handle your claim, protecting your rights every step of the way. If you suffered injuries in an accident that involved an Uber driver, call our office to schedule your free consultation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reported the following statistics regarding car accidents in Philadelphia County for a recent year:
Reports indicate that about 36 million rideshare rides took place in one year in Philadelphia, many of which were Uber-related. This means that there is a good chance that many reported accidents may have involved an Uber driver.
Driving inherently comes with risks, and Uber drivers are no different. Uber drivers can make errors on the road like any other driver, and these errors can lead to serious crashes. Some common mistakes by Uber drivers behind the wheel can include:
Any type of traffic violation can result in a collision, though there are some risks that are particularly prevalent when it comes to Uber rides. The following are only some examples of such risks:
This is a dangerously common concern when it comes to Uber drivers, as they often spend long hours on the road trying to pick up as many rides as possible. In recent years, Uber did limit the consecutive hours a driver could work. Specifically, a driver can be logged in to the app for work for 12 hours and then, they cannot log in again for another six hours. However, these restrictions are hardly effective in combatting fatigued Uber drivers.
Many rideshare drivers use Uber to supplement their income from a full-time job, often going straight from an eight-hour shift to a long night of driving. Consider the following:
The above scenario is far too common in the Uber driver’s world. While Adam was within the safety limits set by Uber for hours of work, he is likely regularly fatigued and at risk of falling asleep or losing focus, leading to an accident.
Anyone can get distracted while driving, even professional drivers. An Uber driver connects to the Uber app at all times they are working. The app allows them to accept rides, tells them where to pick up a passenger, and how to get to the passenger’s destination. Even if a driver has a hands-free phone mount in their car, they will still be regularly checking the screen for more information.
Even looking away from the road for a few seconds is long enough to cause a crash. For this reason, Uber drivers are at a constant risk of crashing, as they are constantly checking their phones as an inherent part of their jobs. They can also add in other distractions, such as talking on the phone, engaging with passengers, eating and drinking, and more.
Uber drivers get paid per ride no matter how long the ride takes. If a passenger agrees to a $12 ride, they will pay $12 even if the driver gets stuck in traffic for an extra 30 minutes. With the traffic in Philly, this situation is a common one. Therefore, drivers often look for ways to complete as many rides as possible in a short period of time, which can lead to aggressive driving.
Uber drivers may speed or swerve through traffic to get where they are going as fast as possible. Often, drivers know the roads well and may have an over-inflated sense of confidence when driving aggressively. Aggressive driving is always dangerous, as too many Philadelphians know from experience, and this behavior can lead to devastating Uber accidents.
For some reason, many passengers in Uber vehicles feel safe not buckling their seat belts, especially if they are sitting in the back. It is common for Uber riders to ignore safety restraints and trust the driver, only to be seriously injured if an accident happens. Head-on collisions and rollovers can be particularly dangerous for unrestrained passengers, as they may be ejected from the vehicle. It’s important to know that even if a passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt, a negligent driver can still be held liable for injuries they cause in a crash.
Philadelphia Uber drivers must have a vehicle that meets the minimum standards, as well as maintain a valid inspection certificate. While a driver might meet these requirements when they begin driving, there is little to stop them from ignoring problems with their vehicles that arise in between inspections. A driver may notice that a tire is overly work, though puts off replacing it until it is necessary to pass inspection. In the meantime, the tire blows on the highway and the Uber driver crashes. Uber drivers are responsible for all their own vehicle-related expenses, so it is no surprise that some drivers try to cut dangerous corners when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
The above are only some reasons why Uber drivers may be at a particularly high risk of crashing. It is important to determine exactly what led to your crash to ensure you identify the proper liable parties. The legal team at The Levin Firm investigates crashes to gather evidence of negligence and prove liability for your losses. The sooner we start looking into the cause of your Uber accident, the better.
When you think of an Uber-related injury, you might immediately think of a passenger injured when an Uber driver crashed. While this is a common scenario, there are other ways that Uber drivers can be involved in injury crashes, as follows:
Each of these situations will require different types of claims for the injured party to seek compensation, as well as different proof of liability. Whether you were an Uber passenger, riding in another vehicle, or a pedestrian or bicyclist, The Levin Firm can represent you.
Uber accidents can result in the same types of injuries and losses as any other type of traffic accident. As mentioned, Uber passengers may often sustain severe injuries due to being unrestrained in the backseat of the Uber. The following are some injuries that may result from an Uber crash:
After an Uber accident, it is critical that you get the medical attention you need as soon as possible. You should always listen to first responders if they say you need emergency transportation. Otherwise, you should still visit the emergency room as soon as you can following the crash.
A doctor can discover injuries that you didn’t know existed. For example, you may think you are dizzy and disoriented because the crash “shook you up,” when in reality, you have a serious concussion. A doctor will record all of your injuries and diagnoses, which you can later use as important evidence of the types of injuries resulting from your Uber crash.
In the days and weeks following your accident, you may experience a variety of losses due to your injuries. Losses will vary depending on the nature of your injuries and the treatment you need, though some losses may include:
These losses can add up very quickly and can become overwhelming. Financial concerns can also cause problems for your household, including covering bills and regular expenses. It is important to act fast after an accident to limit the financial issues you face and help you receive the compensation you need as soon as possible.
When another driver crashes into your car, you likely know that you can file a claim with their auto insurance company or with your own company, depending on the type of policy that you have. However, what claim can you file after an Uber accident? There are different policies that may cover your losses after this type of crash, and we can identify the proper claims you need to file. These can include:
Like most states, Pennsylvania has rideshare laws that require Uber and other companies to cover drivers while they are engaged in a pre-arranged ride. This can be helpful, as these policies can provide coverage up to $1 million, which is critical for accident victims with catastrophic injuries and losses.
No matter who your insurance claim is against, the insurer will likely try to fight your compensation however possible. It is always a good idea to have an experienced Uber accident lawyer representing you from the very beginning of your claim. Most importantly, you should never accept a settlement offer from an insurer without first discussing your case with an attorney. Insurers are notorious for tricking injured accident victims into accepting much less than they need, though our legal team can prevent this from happening whenever possible.
One moment, you call an Uber as usual and the next, you are on the way to the hospital in serious pain. In this situation, The Levin Firm is here to help. Our Philadelphia Uber accident law firm can handle your claim from start to finish, so please call (215) 825-5183 or contact us online today.
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