If someone had told you ten or fifteen years ago that you would soon be hailing a ride using an app on your smartphone, tracking the car and driver in real-time, and paying automatically by card, you probably would not have believed them. At best, you would possibly have thought they were dreaming of some science-fiction type future and, at worst, thought they were talking absolute madness. Nonetheless, here we are in 2018, with thousands of people using Uber and similar ridesharing services to do just that. Since its launch in 2012, Uber has become increasingly popular in over 400 cities and regions around the globe, providing an affordable, convenient mode of transport for commuters, shoppers, and new arrivals in an unknown location alike.
Of course, as Uber’s network is made up of independent contractors driving their own cars, the risks involved in traveling with them are identical to traveling in any other car. Critics do have some concerns about the safety of Uber’s business model but, in terms of personal injury and car accidents, there is nothing additional to worry about. As such, the decades of experience held by a Hiden, Rott & Oertle,LLP, El Centro Uber accident attorney mean we are the obvious choice when you require excellent legal representation, guidance, and support.
If an Uber Accident is Just a Car Accident, Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Although an Uber accident is, for all intents and purposes, a car accident, there are more complex legal approaches to be taken. Additionally, we would always recommend that you seek expert legal advice following a serious car accident too. In cases involving an Uber, there are some legally-imposed levels of insurance cover, as follows:
- A per-accident cap of at least $100,000
- A per-person limit of at least $50,000
- At least $30,000 in property damage cover
There are also minimums for compensation and other matters, set out by the California Public Utilities Commission’s TUCs. Another factor which must be taken into consideration is the Uber driver’s status at the time of the collision, as this will determine whether Uber’s insurance or the driver’s personal auto insurance is claimed upon.
A skilled El Centro Uber accident attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle has the experience necessary when navigating the complexities of this area of the law, and will never settle for less than you are entitled to, and deserve.
Why Do El Centro Uber Accidents Happen?
Just like any other type of road accident, many Uber accidents occur as a direct result of human behavior, whether that be a form of negligence or recklessness. There are numerous potential causes of an Uber accident, although some of the most frequent include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Road rage or other aggressive driving
- Improper turns
- Failure to yield at red lights or other signals and signage
There are countless potential factors at play in any El Centro Uber accident, and you can be certain that our attorneys can successfully represent you, regardless of how the collision occurred.