At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for Uber passengers who were injured in car accidents, whether or not the crash was the fault of the Uber driver.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you were an Uber passenger who was injured in a car accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Woman Paralyzed in Uber Accident Awarded $38 Million
Feb. 18, 2019 – A Texas jury has awarded more than $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a 2015 car crash in which her Uber driver ran a red light and was T-boned by an oncoming pickup truck. Plaintiff Sarah Milburn filed the lawsuit against Honda over the seatbelts in its Odyssey minivan, which she claimed were poorly designed and contributed to her catastrophic injuries.
What is Uber?
Uber is a rideshare enterprise that started in San Francisco and in less than 5 years has spread across the globe. The company is popular because it’s convenient and cheap – users can request a ride on a smartphone app, the car goes straight to their location, and the prices are lower than taxis.
What’s the Problem?
Uber’s business model has gotten a lot of scrutiny from regulators and pushback from the taxi industry. It also brings up some unique legal questions. If you’re hurt in a car crash while riding in an Uber, for example, what happens?
Accidents Where the Uber Driver is Not at Fault
If the driver was not at fault for the accident, he or she will first have to file a claim against the insurance of the other driver. In many cases, however, the at-fault driver will not have insurance or the insurance coverage limit is not enough to provide for full compensation for the injured victim. In such cases, a passenger will then have an Uninsured Motorist (UM) or an Underinsured Motorist (UIM) claim against the rideshare companies’ insurance.
What is the Compensation for Injured Passengers?
Victims of personal injury have the right to seek financial recovery for all damages suffered. A calculation of recovery is based on the following factors:
- The extent and severity of the injuries suffered.
- Past and anticipated future medical expenses.
- Other economic damages – damage to property, loss of income and future loss of earning.
- Level of non-economic damages, including emotional distress and pain and suffering compensation.
- Whether punitive damages can be assessed.
Family of Woman Killed by Uber Self-Driving Car File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
February 5, 2019 – The city of Tempe, Arizona, has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who was hit and killed last year by an Uber self driving car. 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV) owned and operated by Uber Technologies on March 18, 2018, while it was in self-driving mode traveling north on Mill Avenue in Tempe.
Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Service in Pittsburgh Following Accident
September 19, 2017 – Uber’s self-driving vehicles were temporarily taken off the road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday following an accident on the Hot Metal Bridge. A black Nissan Sentra was driving west on Sidney Street when it crashed into Uber’s Volvo XC90, which was going south on Hot Metal Street. Nobody was hurt and the Uber driver was in control of the car when the accident occurred, said Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
Uber Reaches $20 Million Settlement in Class Action Alleging Text Message Spam
October 11, 2017 – Uber Technologies has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that the ridesharing company broke the law by sending out unsolicited text messages. The suit claimed that Uber violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending automated text messages without consent, causing “aggravation and invasion of privacy.”
Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Accident in San Francisco
September 5, 2017 – Uber’s self-driving car program had its first reported accident in California, a collision that happened on August 16 in San Francisco’s Richmond District. The crash involved one of the company’s autonomous Volvo XC90s, which was rear ended at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Third Avenue after its human driver disengaged its self-driving technology to allow pedestrians to cross.
Amateur Runner Knocked Unconscious, Sustains Career-Ending Knee Injury in Uber Accident
August 29, 2017 – An amateur runner from Illinois is suing Uber, claiming that a negligent driver caused a serious accident which resulted in her sustaining a potentially career-ending knee injury. Plaintiff Katherine Vesce was on her way to the New York City Marathon when the crash happened, but was hurt so badly she’ll likely never be able to compete again, according to the lawsuit.
Texas Country Singer Injured in Uber Accident Files Suit
July 28, 2017 – Rich O’Toole, a Houston, Texas-based country singer, is suing Uber and one of its drivers for $1 million following a crash that allegedly sidelined his career. According to the lawsuit, O’Toole hired Uber driver Abdallah Ahmed to take him to dinner before a concert in Amarillo, Texas. Ahmed allegedly got lost on his way, stopped his vehicle on the highway to check his app, and was rear-ended at high speed by another vehicle.
Chicago Uber Driver Charged with Homicide in Deadly Collision
August 8, 2017 – Chicago police have identified Richard Massenburg as the driver who initiated a multi-car accident that killed one man and injured at least 2 others, according to the Chicago Tribune. Massenburg, a 52-year-old Uber driver who was on duty for the ride-sharing service at the time of the crash, tested positive for marijuana after being transported to the hospital, according to prosecutors.
Connecticut Man Injured in Crash with Uber Driver
July 17, 2017 – A 48-year-old man was critically injured Sunday in a collision between an Uber and a moped in New Haven, Connecticut. The woman operating the vehicle, a 44-year-old Uber driver from Hamden, Connecticut, was not injured in the collision. The woman was on duty when the crash occurred and the passenger in her car also was not injured, according to police.
New York Uber Driver Killed in DWI Crash on Long Island
June 21, 2017 – A man from Queens, NY, has admitted to killing an Uber driver last year while driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway (LIE), in a wreck that threw the victim into traffic before another vehicle dragged him a half-mile to his death. Prosecutors said Bonifacio Enriquez, 36, of College Point, New York, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court to second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
Car Wreck Claims Life of Uber Driver in Florida
June 16, 2017 – A 3-car pile up on Siesta Key, Florida, has claimed the life of an Uber driver. The deceased, 57-year-old Guy Theron, had an Uber sticker on his silver 2008 Dodge minivan, but police said he was not driving for Uber at the time and no passenger was in his vehicle.
Florida Uber Driver Killed in Accident with Lamborghini
June 12, 2017 – A 61-year-old health club magnate is facing DUI manslaughter charges over a car wreck that killed an Uber driver in Delray Beach, Florida. Roger Wittenberns’ blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.15 — about twice the legal limit in Florida — approximately 45 minutes after his Lambo crashed into a Buick Enclave driven by 82-year-old J. Gerald Smith.
Uber Execs Take Leave Amid Management Crisis
June 11, 2017 – Both the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Uber Technologies Inc. have departed their positions, in a sign of impending doom for the troubled ride-sharing company. Uber announced Monday that its board had unanimously approved recommendations stemming from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into the ride-sharing giant’s cultures and practices.
Do I Have an Uber Accident Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Uber crash lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were an Uber passenger who was injured in a car accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.