If you were a passenger in an Uber vehicle in the Denver area, and you suffered injuries as a result of an accident, you likely have many questions about what comes next. As an Uber passenger, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties that caused your injuries and your pain and suffering. You have rights that can be protected with the right legal help and it should not be you who bears the costs of your injuries.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed as the result of an Uber automobile accident while as a passenger in Denver or the greater Denver metropolitan area, an experienced personal injury attorney at accidentdenver.com can fight for your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I do after an Uber accident?
If you were in an accident while riding as an Uber passenger, one of your first steps is to immediately report the accident to 911. This is especially true if there were any injuries caused in the accident. You can also report the accident to the police if no injuries occurred.
In either case, when police or other law enforcement arrive on the scene, it is important you give your views, observations, and impressions to the police so they can include them in the police report. This report can be incredibly important evidence in your personal injury case and may help identify who the responsible party or parties are.
2. How do I report my Uber accident in Denver?
After an accident, you can report it in several ways:
- Call 911
- Call local law enforcement
- Report the accident on Uber's website
- Call your personal insurance carrier
3. Will I have insurance coverage after an Uber accident?
As a passenger in an Uber vehicle, you are covered by Uber's primary automobile insurance policy. This insurance works to protect you and any other people injured as a result of the Uber motor vehicle accident. During the time you are a passenger, the insurance coverage is the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per accident. What this means is that Uber's insurance policy will cover up to $1,000,000 in total damages for the entire accident.
Uber also carries uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage includes damages to property, yourself, and any injuries to others involved in the accident.
4. Does the Uber driver carry personal insurance coverage as well?
All Uber drivers are expected to carry their own personal insurance in addition to any coverage provided by the company. Uber's primary accident insurance should cover the entirety of your costs, but if your injuries were so severe as to exceed the Uber insurance limits, your personal injury lawsuit could be filed against the driver's insurance company as well.
5. Is Uber responsible for my injuries, or just the Uber driver?
If the Uber driver was responsible for the accident, Uber as a company should be responsible for its actions in many cases. For one, the insurance policy will cover you because you were a passenger. This places responsibility on Uber to cover your damages and any pain and suffering that resulted from the accident.
6. Who do I name in my personal injury lawsuit following an Uber accident?
Who you should include as a defendant in the personal injury lawsuit after an accident depends on the circumstances of your individual case, but ultimately, the most common named parties include:
- the Uber driver
- Uber (the company)
- another driver responsible for the accident
- a responsible driver's employer (if working while driving)
- any responsible insurance companies
It is possible that other parties should be named as well. Your experienced personal injury attorney will help you determine who to name in the lawsuit.
7. How are Uber drivers selected?
Uber drivers are hired to drive people like you from location to location and are expected to meet certain criteria. Uber is required to hire safe drivers who are legally allowed to drive. Uber uses background checks and important document requests to determine if a driver is safe to drive. However, sometimes Uber hires inexperienced or dangerous drivers. What this is the case, and you are injured as a result, the company should be held responsible.
8. How are Uber drivers trained?
Uber drivers are given limited training on proper safety procedures and are generally expected to know how to drive before signing up. Drivers are trained on how to use the Uber app and any equipment. A driver who is not properly trained can be extremely dangerous to his or her passengers. When poor training is the result of the accident in which you were injured, Uber should be responsible for the harm you suffered.
9. What is a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is a civil lawsuit for money damages to compensate you for injuries sustained as a result of another person's negligence or wrongdoing. It is designed to compensate you for your out of pocket costs, as well as other damages such as pain and suffering.
10. How long do I have to file my personal injury lawsuit?
If you are injured as a passenger in an Uber accident, you have three years from the date the accident occurred to file your lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations.
What this means is that if you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident, your case will be dismissed. This is true even when you would have a strong case that you could have won, so it is important to approach an experienced attorney soon after your accident to avoid this possibility.
Consult an Experienced Denver Uber Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in an accident while a passenger in an Uber vehicle, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive financial compensation for any injuries you suffered as a result.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the greater Denver metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to contact accidentdenver.com today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.