Ridesharing services like Uber offer convenience for when you need a ride from place to place, especially after a night out. Being responsible and not driving impaired is the key to safety. However, what happens if you are injured due to the actions of a drunk Uber driver? At The Hayes Law Firm, we are here to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us when you need a Montebello Uber accident attorney.
How often do Uber accidents happen?
We do not have a great way to measure how often Uber accidents occur. That data is not something that is regularly gathered by the police, and they do not count as commercial vehicles. What we do know, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety, is that there were more than 273,000 injuries and almost 4,000 total fatalities due to traffic accidents during California’s latest reporting year.
Many of those crashes were the result of drunk driving incidents. During that same reporting year, alcohol was responsible for 31% of the total fatalities in the states.
If an Uber driver is drunk
Whether you are in an Uber vehicle with a drunk driver or struck by a drunk Uber driver, you need to make sure the police come to the scene. If the driver is indeed impaired, police will likely perform field sobriety tests and arrest the driver.
The process to get compensation can become complicated after that. Uber does have a $1 million insurance policy in place when their drivers have a passenger. However, if the driver was only signed into the app and did not have a passenger, then the driver’s primary insurance carrier is responsible for the damages.
You should immediately consult with an attorney about your case before you even deal with the insurance companies. The insurance carrier of the at-fault driver will not want to make a large payout and could deny your claim. Even if they do make a settlement offer, it may not be enough to cover your expenses. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the driver, the driver’s insurance carrier, and Uber.
Let us help you get the compensation you need
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the actions of a drunk Uber driver, seek legal assistance immediately. At The Hayes Law Firm, we are going to fiercely defend your right to compensation. Let our qualified and experienced team investigate what happened in your case so we can secure the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the driver and Uber
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