To be injured in a car accident is a stressful time for anyone. If you happen to be in an Uber when you’re in a car accident, you may wonder what your next steps are. Can you file a personal injury lawsuit? If you ask for damages, who can you sue? Here is what you need to know about negligence when it comes to Uber accidents.
Were You Working?
While you cannot file for worker’s compensation if you were on your way to work or on your way home for work, you can file for worker’s compensation if you were on your way to a business meeting or other business-related event. For instance, if you left work to have an interview with a client at a restaurant, then anything that occurs on the way is an accident you could claim through your company.
In a case where you might use workers’ compensation after an accident, there may still be an option that you can sue Uber or the driver. While it’s important to establish whether you were working in the vehicle at the time, it’s also important to figure out who was at fault for the accident.
Was the Uber Driver At Fault?
First thing to think about is the insurance coverage of the Uber driver. If the Uber driver is at fault, Uber does have insurance coverage. When a rideshare driver accepts a request, then he or she has liability to third parties up to 1,000,000 dollars. If you’re a passenger and your Uber collides with another car, you can file a claim against the driver if he or she was at fault.
As with any car accident case, your compensation depends on whether the other party was negligent. If you’re a passenger, but the other driver was at fault, then you wouldn’t file a claim against the Uber driver at all. You would, instead, file a claim against the other driver. After an accident, it is important that you get the information of both parties involved. You need contact and insurance information from the Uber driver and the other driver that was involved in the accident.
When you are in a vehicle during an Uber accident, you can only file a civil suit when there is an at-fault driver. Sometimes, this may be the Uber driver himself or herself.