Uber and other rideshare services have made it a lot easier to travel around Philadelphia. There’s always one waiting at the airport when you fly home. It won’t take more than a few minutes for a rideshare driver to show up when you request a ride home from Center City. However, just because Uber has made traveling in Philadelphia easier, doesn’t mean that it has made travel safer.
Car accidents still happen every day in and around the city. Many of those accidents involve Ubers. Many times, negligent Uber and Lyft drivers are at least partly to blame. If you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia Uber accident, you might be entitled to compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you fight to maximize your award.
Contact our Philadelphia law office to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand your legal rights. If you decide to file an injury claim or lawsuit, we’ll do everything we can to secure the money you need and deserve. All it takes is one call to get started, so call today.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After My Philadelphia Uber Accident?
Uber is relatively new. There are still disputes over whether Uber drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The ridesharing company is adamant that it’s never liable for its driver’s actions. As a result, Uber accident cases are different, and often more challenging, than other car accident matters. That doesn’t mean you can’t successfully secure a financial award for your injuries. It does mean that you should turn to an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer for help.
When you hire a lawyer to handle your Uber accident case, you can level the playing field. You can stop insurance companies from taking advantage of you and prevent them from relying on their normal tricks and tactics. This can help you not only get money, but maximize your award.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ve been helping injured car accident victims in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. We’ve also kept a close eye on changes in the law since Uber first launched in the city. We know the laws and procedures that might affect your case inside and out.
Between our experience, tenacious approach, and thorough preparation, we’ll be in the best position to leverage a meaningful settlement or award on your behalf. Call us today to learn more.
Are Uber Drivers Always Responsible For Rideshare Accidents?
No. Uber drivers might be more distracted than your average driver, but they are not always responsible for a crash. At the very least, they’re not always entirely responsible for accidents. Like other car accidents, several factors can contribute to a collision or crash.
In Pennsylvania, under the state’s comparative fault rules, you can actually seek compensation from anyone who causes you to get hurt. That means that anyone whose negligence or carelessness contributed to your accident or injury can be on the hook for resulting damages.
You might have a legitimate claim against:
- Drivers of other motor vehicles
- Employers of negligent parties
- Government agencies
- Companies responsible for defective or dangerous products, or
- Transit companies.
You deserve to know what caused your accident and why you got hurt. At Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our Uber accident lawyers will carefully investigate the circumstances of your rideshare accident. We’ll do our best to determine why it happened and who is at fault. Then we can seek compensation from anyone who caused your injuries.
How Do I Get Money If an Uber Driver Caused My Accident?
Uber drivers aren’t professionals. They don’t have to get a special license or go through rigorous educational programs to prepare to drive you and your loved ones around Philly. They’re just everyday people with a regular drivers’ license. There’s no guarantee that they’re good drivers or that they have a clean driving record. When an Uber is involved in an accident, the rideshare driver could very well be to blame.
If you’ve been injured in an Uber accident in Philadelphia, you might be able to recover compensation from the negligent Uber driver or their personal insurance coverage. In certain cases, if your injury is quite severe, you may also be able to recover compensation from Uber’s insurance policy. It all depends on the extent of your injuries and what the Uber driver was doing at the time of the accident.
Off Duty Uber Driver: When an Uber driver is off duty, meaning that they’re not logged onto the Uber app, you’ll have to seek compensation from the driver and/or their insurance provider. Uber’s liability insurance policy will not be effective and their insurer will deny any claims you submit.
Uber Driver Waiting For a Ride Request: Uber’s limited insurance policy becomes effective the moment an Uber driver logs into the app and actively waits for a ride request. The limited policy covers:
- Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident, and
- Property Damage: $25,000.
If you get into an accident with a driver who doesn’t have a passenger but is using the app, you might be able to recover compensation from this limited policy. However, the Uber policy is secondary. That means that you’ll have to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company first. You can file a claim with Uber’s policy if your damages are more than what the driver and their insurer can pay.
Uber Driver Accepted a Ride Request: Uber has a $1 million insurance policy that becomes effective the moment a driver accepts a ride request in the app. The coverage extends until the passenger is dropped off and the ride is terminated in the app. However, once again, you can only file a claim if your damages exceed what the Uber driver and/or his insurer can pay.
You also have the option of filing an injury claim or lawsuit against any negligent third party.
Damages Are Available After a Philadelphia Uber Accident
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, you may be struggling with painful, debilitating injuries. You may not be able to work, which can contribute to your growing financial stress. It can become a challenge to make ends meet. In turn, you might begin to get overwhelmed and struggle emotionally, as well.
Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with the consequences of your Philadephia Uber accident on your own. The attorneys at Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are here to help you fight for the money you deserve. We can seek compensation from anyone who caused your accident, including the negligent rideshare driver. We’ll demand damages for all of your present and future damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage, and more.
Don’t underestimate how much your case is worth. Let our legal team help you when you need it most. Speak with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney at our office today.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Claim After Your Uber Accident
We know that things are probably a little bit overwhelming right now. However, we also don’t want you to lose out on valuable money because you waited too long to file an injury claim or lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, you’ll only have two years from the date of your Uber accident to file a civil claim. Once the statute of limitations expires, so does your right to demand compensation.
You’ll have even less time to submit your insurance claim for benefits. Most companies reserve the right to deny your request for benefits if it’s not submitted within a reasonable amount of time after an accident. What’s reasonable varies from provider to provider.
You don’t have to navigate your injury claim on your own. Just give our experienced personal injury attorneys a call as soon as you can after your Uber accident. We can get to work on your case right away.
Call a Philadelphia Uber Accident Lawyer at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC Today
Have you or someone you love been involved in an Uber accident in Philadelphia? You might be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will do everything we can to get you the money you need and deserve. Give our Philadelphia law firm a call to learn more. Your first consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help today.