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Chico Uber Accident Lawyer

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Chico Uber Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been in an Uber accident, contact a Chico Uber accident lawyer right away to get the right help!

Car accident claims are already complicated and hard to navigate. When you get into an accident in a rideshare vehicle, it can be even more difficult to get the compensation you deserve. The process of filing claims when you’ve been in an Uber accident is somewhat similar to that of a regular car accident. However, getting a large corporation to settle your claims is usually more difficult than when you’re dealing with just one person.

Let’s understand how rideshare accidents are different from regular car accidents and how a Chico Uber accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What is rideshare?

When a traveler rides in a driver’s private car for a single trip that is booked through an app, this is known as rideshare. Uber and Lyft are the two most well-known ride-sharing businesses. Countless people use rideshare services to get to and from the airport in a timely manner. They may use them if they don’t have a car at their disposal or when they may not be capable of driving safely. However, it’s not the same as a taxi service. There may be significant differences in how claims are settled when you’re in an accident in a taxi or Uber.

How is it different from a taxi service?

A taxi is typically leased by a driver and owned, monitored, and managed by a taxi company. A taxi driver must possess a particular kind of driver’s license, and taxis and their drivers are typically subject to strict city or county regulations.

You can typically hail a taxi by simply standing on the sidewalk in major cities. Or you might be met by a row of taxis waiting as you leave an airport or train station. You can take one, tell your destination to the driver, and pay in cash or with a credit card when you get there.

Rideshare like Uber functions differently. You cannot simply hail an Uber or find a line of them outside airports or train stations. You must book a ride through their app when you need one. Your credit card is registered on the app, so the payment is also processed through it instead of exchanging money in the cab.

Most importantly, the vehicle is owned by the driver. So, the driver is considered to be an independent contractor rather than an employee of the company.

The amount of risk involved in a taxi or Uber ride is the same and companies like Uber run thorough checks on their drivers. They also regularly remove rash drivers from their service. However, even the best drivers can sometimes run into road accidents. So, what should you do in case you are in an accident while using a rideshare facility like Uber?

How to handle an Uber accident?

The first thing you should do when you’ve been in an Uber accident is call for emergency services and file a police report. Then, contact a reliable Chico Uber accident lawyer to avoid any future complications in your case.

As a passenger, you would treat a rideshare accident injury the same way that you would treat any injuries resulting from a California auto accident.

Since the rideshare organization tracks all of its rides using GPS in real-time, it will be able to identify your driver, the car’s license number, and even the location of the accident.

However, your driver’s insurance provider will be their first line of defense. You must, therefore, gather the same data as you would with any other accident:

  • First and last names of the driver 
  • Contact details for the driver (address, email, phone) 
  • Registration number 
  • Information on vehicle insurance and registration

 

Include witnesses’ contact information if there are any. Take pictures of all of the vehicles involved, the street and weather conditions, any relevant road signs, and any additional evidence that may be present at the scene. All the evidence you gather will also be useful to your Uber accident lawyer and help them make your case when dealing with insurance providers.

You need to report the accident to your insurance provider as well, but remember to not give them any details or talk about the accident. Being in an accident can be traumatic and you may be confused or disoriented, especially if you’re physically injured. In such a scenario, you may end up saying something that implicates you instead of helping you get the right settlement.

Is an Uber accident claim more difficult to settle than regular claims?

Sadly, yes, it can be complicated at times.

It should follow the same procedure as any other auto accident claim, but dealing with a business is almost always more challenging than dealing with an individual.

Companies that provide ridesharing services are infamous for being hard to contact by phone. Email is frequently the only way to get in touch with them. Your insurance provider may need to file a claim against the driver’s personal car insurance, the rideshare company’s insurance, or both, depending on the extent of the damages in the claim.

Your insurance company may find it difficult to process your claims or the rideshare company may offer you a very low settlement. Your Chico Uber accident lawyer can help you deal with all the parties involved to ensure that you get the settlement for all the damages you’ve suffered.

Why choose the Law Offices of Steve Gimblin to represent you?

Steve Gimblin has several years of experience processing cases involving Uber accidents from start to end. His prior performance is self-evident. Steve has an advantage over his competitors thanks to his professionalism, knowledge, and in-depth knowledge of the law. Here’s what some of his previous clients have to say about Steve.

Steve is dedicated to ensuring that everyone can access legal counsel. He takes cases on a contingency basis, so you only pay if you win the case.

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