Uber Accidents

January 18, 2019 | By
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When an Uber gets into an accident, it’s just like any other car accident. The police or insurance companies will figure out who’s at fault, and the at-fault driver has to cover the damages. If you were the passenger and were injured, you’ll need to work with a Portland Uber accident attorney to help you recover from the responsible driver. 

Uber passengers will almost never be at-fault for an accident. Even if the Uber you hired is responsible, that driver is an independent person with his or her own responsibility to drive safely. You’d only be responsible if you did something like grab the steering wheel or distract the driver. 

Even though passengers will almost never pay, you’ll still often find that both drivers will try to avoid responsibility to avoid an insurance increase or having to pay out of pocket. A Portland personal injury attorney will work with you to determine who was at fault so that you can bring the appropriate claim. This may be against your Uber driver, the other driver, or both drivers if there was shared fault. 

In some cases, you may not even need to prove which driver was at fault. This is called joint and several liability. Your Oreg. car accident attorney can simply file a claim against both drivers. The drivers will each be individually responsible for paying you up to your total financial losses. To avoid responsibility, they would need to prove the other driver was at-fault to have their liability removed. 

As a passenger, you may also be protected by Uber’s insurance policy. Like other insurance policies, the insurance company may try to avoid paying your claim or may exclude certain claims. If you receive an insurance settlement offer, you should have Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP review it to see if it covers everything you’re entitled to. Call us now to schedule a consultation.

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