More and more commuters are relying on smartphone app-based ride services like Uber. But what happens if you get injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle? Will the controversial company have to answer for your damages, or will it be a claims nightmare for you?
Take the case of the 19-year-old Jupiter motorcyclist who has recently sued the company. According to the Palm Beach Post, the biker was riding his motorcycle when the Uber car, which was pulling out of a store, collided with it. The crash sent the cyclist to the hospital with muscle injuries and severe road rash.
The motorcyclist’s attorney considers Uber Technologies responsible for the accident, questioning whether the company conducted proper background checks on the car driver involved. The 75-year-old driver is also fighting a citation for doing an improper lane change. However, he said that Uber indeed checked his criminal background and driving record before clearing him for accepting riders.
Aside from spotlighting Uber’s driver vetting process, the attorney also said that it was difficult to get insurance information from the company to defray the injured biker’s medical bills. The lawyer said the bills have reached $50,000-$75,000.
Uber, on the other hand, stated that it provides $1 million in liability policies for its drivers who get involved in accidents.
Critics, however, are asserting that insurance liability is yet another gray area in the company’s business model. In various cities around the world, companies like Uber are facing an assortment of legal or legislative action, and the legitimacy of their services is questioned.
With this, getting in an accident with an Uber vehicle or driver could mean a whole set of legal complications, especially if you are seeking to be compensated. With the tech company involved, you may be facing not only another driver, but also a corporate giant and its own insurance policies, which are currently wrapped in controversy.
This could also happen with other ride services as well, whether tech-based or not. You can expect any transportation company to be backed by a major insurance provider and highly trained corporate lawyers.
Claiming fair compensation from Uber or any other transportation service company is not likely to be easy, that’s why it is important to enlist the help of competent personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.