People who prefer not to drive their own car can choose Uber, as it’s an easy and cost effective way of getting from one place to another. As long as you are signed up to the service you can request a ride using the Uber smart phone app.
You may be avoiding an accident because you aren’t driving your own car, but that doesn’t mean the Uber car doesn’t have an accident.
The drivers aren’t much different from taxis and are often in a hurry to get to the next passenger. This means they don’t always pay attention when merging into traffic and devastating accidents frequently happen, causing life altering injuries to drivers and passengers in other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a merging accident with an Uber driver and it wasn’t your fault you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the Uber driver.
Uber’s Company Profile
Uber is a company which runs a transport service for people who don’t want to use their own vehicles. It has its headquarters in San Francisco, California which was where it was founded in March 2009 by Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp.
It offers services such as taxi cab hailing, peer-to-peer ride sharing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.
The company’s operations are spread throughout 785 metropolitan areas worldwide. It has 16,000 workers worldwide with 9,382 in the United States as of December 2017.
Injuries From an Uber Merging Accident
Merging accidents take place often when a driver is in a hurry and takes risks when doing lane changes or merging with traffic at an intersection. The chances are that there will be some serious injuries caused by the speed of the Uber vehicle.
The sorts of likely injuries are:
- Head injuries when passengers’ heads are knocked hard against their car’s doors and windows;
- Serious back injuries from the Uber crushing the sides of the car;
- Damage to internal organs like the liver and kidneys.
These sorts of injuries may result in long recovery times for victims. Huge medical bills could accumulate and the victims could end up losing weeks of wages or even lose their jobs completely if the recovery time is seen to be too long.
Process for Filing a PI Claim for a Merging Accident With an Uber
The at fault drivers insurance company won’t be eager to pay out a PI claim unless there is indisputable evidence to show who caused the accident.
The evidence can be provided from several sources, such as:
- accounts from eye witnesses;
- photos showing the accident scene;
- a medical report from the treating doctor;
- the police report written by the officer who attended the accident scene.
All this evidence will be included in the PI claim. This still doesn’t mean the PI claim will be paid. It’s important to talk to a PI attorney and ask him or her to work on your behalf to get a good settlement. An insurer will listen to a PI attorney more than to a victim.
Why you Need a PI Attorney
A PI attorney knows the way insurers work and will persist until a settlement is reached that meets the seriousness of your injuries. Most PI attorneys don’t normally ask for upfront fees. They get paid when a favorable settlement has been reached for you.
*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.