Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have greatly increased in popularity since they were first introduced around six years ago and have become the transport of choice for many a Utahan seeking to get from one place to another in a fast, affordable, and convenient manner. In a time when many of us are permanently attached to our cellphones, it makes sense that hailing a cab using a purpose-built app would be attractive. There is no need to find a local cab, look up a telephone number if you are in an unfamiliar area, or have the cash you need to hand. Just open the app, your location will be identified, and, in just a few taps of your smartphone screen, a trackable and traceable ride will be on its way to you. You don’t even need to actively pay, as the card you registered with the Uber app will automatically be charged.
Hailing in seconds, viewing driver ratings and reviews, and minimal effort required – what’s not to like? Well, there are also some risks involved in riding with Uber.
When you choose to drive your own car or get into somebody else’s, there is always some chance that you will become tied up in an accident, and Ubers are not immune to this. After all, it is still a person driving their own vehicle, so the same potential hazards apply. However, the legal side can be somewhat more complicated than in a personal vehicle, and that is where our Uber accident attorneys prove worth their weight in gold.
You are not legally obliged to hire an attorney to handle your case arising from an Uber accident, but it is a sensible choice to make. Although Uber accidents are, essentially, just regular car accidents, the insurance aspect of making a claim can get complicated. For example, when a driver is active on the Uber app and has a passenger on board, Uber’s insurance applies. When the driver is active on the app and driving to pick up a passenger, a different level of cover is applicable. Finally, when no passenger is involved, or the driver is on a break or otherwise offline, the claim should be made against his or her personal auto insurance.
Determining which is most applicable in your circumstances can be a time-consuming task, and near impossible to handle without relevant legal knowledge and experience. As such, hiring a Layton Uber accident attorney greatly increases the compensation you are likely to recover.
In short, Uber accidents are car accidents, and generally can be attributed to human behavior or error. Some of the factors we regularly encounter include, but are not limited to:
If you have been injured in this type of scenario and feel you could benefit from the legal expertise of a Layton Uber accident attorney, call us today at 801-350-3506 to schedule your free case evaluation.