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Uber accounts for 75 percent of the ride share market, making it a popular and trendy way to get around.

As with any form of transportation, there is the potential for accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an Uber accident, you have rights. Our ride share accident attorney can help navigate the many tactics insurance companies will use to avoid liability. There are no upfront fee, and we offer a comprehensive case evaluation.

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UBER DRIVERS: ARE THEY CONTRACTORS OR EMPLOYEES?

Drivers of Uber vehicles are independent contractors. They choose to work when they want, and they own their own cars. When they turn on their app, they are essentially clocking into work. This is significant because it has implications in terms of liability and insurance coverage for the driver. The driver uses the same car for pleasure, and possible their other job when they are not logged in, which makes these cases tricky. The California Labor Commissioner has maintained that Uber drivers are employees, but the company still insists they’re contractors.

UBER PASSENGERS

Your smartphone app allows you to select your desired destination and where you want to be picked up. The closest Uber driver who is logged in can answer your request. Wait time is usually less than 5 minutes and your driver will take you to your desired destination. If you are in an automobile accident involving an Uber, finding liability can be complex, but our Uber accident lawyer in California can help gather the evidence and legitimize your claim, as Uber drivers have a duty to ensure their passengers’ safety.

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UBER ACCIDENT STATS

Not too long ago cab drivers had to know all the streets in the city where they transported their passengers. This made them flow with the traffic easily. Now anyone with a clean driving record who passes Uber protocol can work transporting people to any location their desire. They spend most of the time looking at their map on their smartphone to know where to go. They often times pull over in areas, where cars are not allowed too, and it can be difficult to distinguish a Uber driver from a normal car.

Accidents can occur if an Uber driver is distracted, another vehicle is hit by that driver, or the driver hits a pedestrian or bicyclist. Someone else’s negligence can cause the Uber driver to be injured. A passenger injured inside the vehicle faces many legal complexities, especially those involving insurance companies and finding who is liable.

ABOUT INSURANCE POLICIES

Uber has various rules about liability coverage for drivers and their vehicles, which is why having our a California Uber accident attorney  on your side is so important.

Drivers are covered by a $1 million liability policy. The company also provides uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Insurance coverage applies while the passenger is in the vehicle, and they are covered unless proven the cause of an accident that resulted in their injuries.

An Uber driver is required to have a personal auto insurance policy if using their own vehicle. The company’s coverage kicks in only when their app is in driver mode and fares are being accepted. California law has divided rideshare insurance coverage into three periods:

PERIOD 1: An active driver has opened the app and is waiting for a passenger. The company must provide coverage of $200,000 in liability insurance for a driver, $100,000 in death/personal injury coverage per incident, and $50,000 for death or personal injury per person.

PERIOD 2: The driver has accepted a request but hasn’t picked up the passenger, and is driving to their location. Commercial insurance coverage of $1 million kicks in.

PERIOD 3: The time the passenger is in the vehicle. During this period, the company must provide $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

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