Multi-vehicle accidents are some of the worst types of accidents on U.S. highways as the domino effect of crashes can cause many injuries and fatalities.
Claiming compensation can be a difficult process as it involves working out exactly what went wrong and identifying who or what was originally to blame.
If you have been injured in a multi vehicle pile-up and believe that an Uber driver was responsible, you may be able to claim compensation from either the driver or through Uber directly.
These sorts of claims can be complicated, not least because it involves an Uber driver who may or may not have sufficient insurance. You are strongly advised to seek legal help from an experienced personal injury attorney before filing a claim.
Uber’s Company Profile
Uber is now almost as well known as other iconic multinational companies. Love it or hate it, it has become firmly established as an alternative to using a cab.
Like other rides hare services, the company, now headquartered in San Francisco, California, does not directly employ drivers and does not even own the vehicles these drivers use with their app.
This can complicate insurance claims, but doesn’t make them impossible. Uber operates all over the U.S. and is now available in many other parts of the world as well.
Injuries From an Uber Multi-Vehicle Accident
The combinations and permutations of a multi-vehicle accident are too many to predict with any certainty what sort of injuries are likely.
Vehicles could be hit from the rear, the front or the side or even flipped over. Injuries could range from minor emotional shock or just a few scratches right through to life threatening brain or spinal damage.
Process for Filing a PI Claim for a Multi-Vehicle Accident With an Uber Vehicle
The main difficulty with making a claim after a multi-vehicle accident is identifying the principal party at fault. There may even be more than one driver who contributed to the accident.
If you have been injured, you need to sort out exactly who was to blame and work out which insurance company to file your claim with.
If the person who made a wrong move and caused the pile-up was an Uber driver, he or she may be liable for a claim, not Uber. It depends on whether the driver was carrying paying passengers or not.
Uber does have liability insurance in the event that an Uber licensed driver is carrying passengers, but the risk lies with the driver if he or she is still driving around with no passengers.
As with any other personal injury claim, the onus is still on you to prove that the fault lies with the driver. You should get a copy of the police report made at the crash scene and if possible get contact details of witnesses and take photos of the crashed vehicles.
Why you Need a PI Attorney
Multi-vehicle accidents are never easy to deal with as it may take a major investigation into the original cause of the accident. Dealing with an Uber driver or Uber itself could be tricky because of the question over who is liable in a third party claim.
You should discuss the accident as soon as you are able with an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide legal advice and help negotiate a satisfactory settlement on your behalf.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Uber, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.