Every day, thousands upon thousands of Uber rides are successfully completed around the country; however, like any service, accidents and other unfortunate incidents may cause harm to passengers and, when they do, the Russell Law Firm wants Uber passengers to be aware of their rights.
Generally speaking, passengers should be able to depend on the following when they step into an Uber vehicle.
- Drivers have auto insurance (more about this later)
- Drivers respect the personal space of their passengers
- The vehicle used should be both safe and clean, and not older than 10 years
- All passengers must be able to use a seatbelt
- All passengers reserve the right to report unsafe drivers
- All passengers are entitled to a safe ride with a driver who is at least 21 years old, has a clean driving record for at least the past three years, and has passed a third-party background check
Of course, there is no more unsafe ride than one in which a passenger is harmed. In these cases, you won’t be surprised to know that passengers are entitled to compensation – but there’s more to it than that.
What makes an accident involving Uber different?
Uber drivers carry $1 million dollars’ worth of insurance for property damage and bodily harm, far more than the average driver with few assets to protect. As such, an accident involving an Uber ride could have a payout significantly higher than another type of accident. In cases such as these, passengers or their survivors may be awarded significantly larger payments if they have someone fighting for them who understands personal injury compensation from all angles.
Why an Accident Lawyer is Necessary
No insurance company wants to shell out any amount of money to compensate accident victims, even if that’s actually their job! Knowing this, they are generally willing to pay a smaller sum in hopes that those owed will be unaware of the larger sums that they are actually due. Uber has a dedicated team of insurance adjusters along with an experienced legal team ready to defend the company’s interests and minimize payouts. A common tactic is to offer what may seem like a big settlement to injured parties in hopes that they will accept a fraction of what they’re due.
It was long before ridesharing but Danny Russell first became interested in the law after experiencing just this set of circumstances as a young college student. With our help, however, you don’t have to learn the hard way like Danny. Having an experienced legal team like the Russell Law Firm that will fight for what you rightfully deserve can make an enormous difference and help provide the wherewithal to move on with your life.
Contact the Russell Law Firm
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