Annually, Uber and Lyft provide approximately 65 million rides in Massachusetts, and in Boston alone, 96,000 ridesharing trips take place every day. Uber also has a presence in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the service is spreading into rural areas of both these states as well. While most journeys are safe and uneventful, accidents can happen. If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber driver, you may be entitled to compensation, and you need an Uber accident attorney to help you.
Types of Uber Accidents
Uber accidents fall into a few categories. For example, you may suffer injuries if you are a passenger in an Uber that gets into an accident. Alternatively, you may be hit by an Uber driver when you are operating another vehicle, or you may be a pedestrian or a cyclist that gets hit by an Uber. In all these situations, if the Uber driver caused the accident, they may be personally liable, or Uber may be liable.
Liability in Uber Accidents
Uber launched in March 2009. The company established a presence in Massachusetts in 2011 and expanded into New Hampshire shortly after. Because Uber is relatively new compared to other types of commercial transportation, the liability with Uber accidents is not always that clear. This fact is complicated even further by the fact that Uber drivers are independent contractors — typically, in cases with commercial drivers, the company is only responsible if the driver is directly employed and not an independent contractor.
As a general rule of thumb, Uber only wants to accept liability for accidents caused by their drivers when a passenger is in the car, and in fact, the company has a million-dollar liability plan in place for accidents meeting this criterion. Uber has a more modest liability plan for accidents that occur when the driver is logged into the app but doesn’t have a passenger in the car. At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we have a devoted team who works hard to establish liability in these cases even when Uber tries to deny liability or the law is murky.
Get Help after an Uber Accident
After an Uber accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you decide to bring a lawsuit against the Uber driver or against the company, medical records can be essential for connecting the damage to the accident. Ideally, you should not try to negotiate with the driver, their insurer, or Uber on your own. In too many cases, these entities will offer you a lowball settlement that doesn’t cover the extent of your damages.
Instead, you should work closely with an accident attorney who can help you accurately assess your damages. At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we have represented countless clients in personal injury and auto accident cases. We painstakingly take into account all of your damages including medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and impact on future earning potential, as well as pain and suffering including mental distress, wrongful death, and any other damages or expenses you have incurred or are likely to face as a result of the accident. Then, we artfully negotiate with Uber and their insurer to ensure you get the largest, fairest, most just settlement possible.
Contact Mazow | McCullough, PC for Help
Have you been in an accident with an Uber? Has an Uber driver caused injuries to you or a death to a loved one? Have you received a settlement offer from Uber or an insurance company? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you need to consult with an attorney.
To get help, contact us at Mazow | McCullough, PC today. We can start with a no obligation case evaluation, where we talk about your accident, your rights, and compensation to which you may be entitled. Then, we can help you battle against this ridesharing giant. At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we work closely with our clients to help them receive the justice and compensation they deserve, and we look forward to working with you.