It’s not uncommon for people who are injured in a vehicle accident to automatically believe the other involved driver was the one responsible for the crash. That can be true in a lot of cases, but in other cases, there are others who may be held liable for an accident. For instance, if a commercial driver injures you, the driver’s company may be held liable in addition to the driver themselves.
This is similar to the responsibility of the company of Uber when Uber drivers cause crashes, though it’s not exactly the same. Uber doesn’t directly employ their drivers. In other words, the drivers are contract workers, and so certain liability laws that apply to other businesses and employees don’t apply to Uber and wrecks caused by Uber drivers.
However, that doesn’t mean that Uber can never be held financially responsible for an accident their driver caused.
When Is Uber Liable for Their Driver’s Negligence?
Uber is required to follow certain laws with regard to allowing drivers to work for them. For instance, in most states, Uber is required to conduct background and driving record checks of their drivers. If they fail to follow these laws and they still allow a driver to become an Uber partner, they can be held liable if you are injured as a result.
For example, if the driver that Uber allowed to become a partner had a history of drinking and driving, but Uber failed to catch that in a background check, you could sue Uber if you can prove that Uber failed to perform a background check or made some other negligent mistakes.
Under most circumstances, the Uber driver is the one held legally responsible for Uber-involved crashes, not unlike any other accident that occurs. There are some exceptions, however.
If your injuries are particularly serious and your damages exceed the driver’s policy limits, Uber does maintain a $1 million insurance policy to act as secondary insurance to that of the driver’s insurance.
Why Would You Want to Sue for an Uber Wreck?
There are many reasons that people decide to go after Uber or the Uber driver. When you’ve been injured, you will likely be looking at huge financial losses. You could be dealing with medical bills you can’t afford, lost work wages, costs of treatment, and pain and suffering. For this reason, you may decide to sue for compensation.
You are owed justice and compensation anytime someone else has caused you to suffer injuries and damages. This goes for Uber drivers as well. While you won’t be able to sue the company of Uber in every case, there are some occasions when you can do so.
Get in Contact with an Uber Crash Attorney
Talking with an Uber crash lawyer is a good idea because they will know who you can sue and how much your crash case is worth. For more information, or to file a claim, reach out to Custodio & Dubey LLP. You can reach our law firm using the internet form below or by calling 213-593-9095.