Thousands of Uber passengers are injured each year in car accidents on roads and highways across the U.S. The good news is that injured parties can sue Uber for damages, regardless of who was at fault in the accident.
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: 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.
What’s the problem?
Uber and UberX have grown exponentially in the U.S. and overseas in recent years. People in many major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco are now counting on these services as their primary mode of transportation. Passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers who have been involved in accidents caused by Uber drivers may be entitled to compensation for all injuries and harms suffered.
Who’s at Fault?
In each car accident lawsuit case, the person bringing the claim must be able to prove the following things in order to win the case: liability (who was at fault) and damages (how badly you were injured). The 2 most likely situations in which you were injured in an Uber crash are:
- The Uber driver caused the accident – In this situation, you may bring a lawsuit against the driver. However, it may be impossible to collect damages if the driver only has a personal auto insurance policy. These policies do not apply when a driver is engaged in a commercial operation, which includes carrying passengers for a fee.
- The Uber driver was not at fault for the accident – Here, you may bring a claim against the driver of the other vehicle. All drivers are required to carry insurance, yet many people violate the law and drive without insurance. Plus, auto insurance policies can be as low as $15,000 for causing an injury or death to a person. You may not be able collect damages from the driver at fault.
Uber’s $1 Million Insurance Policy
Since launching ridesharing in 2013, Uber has put insurance policies in place to cover every ride-sharing trip on the Uber platform throughout the U.S. Since then, the company has added more coverage to include the time between trips and to cover comprehensive and collision. Uber shares the $1 million commercial liability policy in full with policymakers and regulators upon request.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 injured in an Uber crash, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.