Los Angeles Uber Accident Attorney
For many people, Uber is a convenient alternative to other modes of travel, providing almost immediate response, no cash payment, and usually cleaner cars and more polite drivers than taxi transport. The benefits of Uber service stem from the fact that Uber drivers make use of modern GPS navigational devices, use their own cars and are rated on their conduct by every passenger. Nonetheless, more Uber rideshare vehicles on the road means the risk of an Uber accident increases. While many of these collisions may be only fender benders, a certain percentage are serious crashes, resulting in severe injuries or even fatalities.
If you have had the misfortune to be seriously injured due to the negligence of an Uber driver in California, you should contact Compass Law Group, LLP promptly. Our well-informed, highly skilled personal injury attorneys are well aware that, in addition to being overwhelmed by your recent trauma, you may be confused about how to proceed. Accident expenses mount up quickly — medical and rehabilitation costs, property damage, and lost income, to name a few. Because of the somewhat ambiguous connection between the Uber driver and the rideshare company, not to mention recent changes to the laws regarding that relationship, you will need skilled legal representation.
Our team serves the needs of personal injury victims throughout California and we have a track record of winning meaningful damages for clients who have suffered, as you have, the physical pain and emotional distress of an Uber accident. Our well-credentialed rideshare attorneys are dedicated to winning you damages commensurate with the ordeal you have been through.
Compass Law Group’s Uber accident lawyers know the ins and outs of the recent changes to rideshare law (California Assembly Bill 5 or AB 5) that were implemented on January 1, 2020. This legislation reclassified Uber drivers as employees of the company rather than independent contractors. This change will not only improve conditions for Uber drivers, it may affect Uber’s accountability for its drivers’ negligence.
Since the company has much deeper pockets than its drivers, this could profit passengers or other drivers injured in Uber accidents. Uber already holds million dollar insurance policies for its drivers during the time they are actively engaged in Uber work (“on the app”). Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, we may be able to file a lawsuit against the Uber company as well as, the Uber driver.
Also, you should be aware of two important facts:  if you are an Uber driver and suffer serious injuries in an accident for which you were not at fault, Compass Law Group will gladly represent your interests as we do those of all our deserving clients and  in some personal injury cases we may be able to recover more than the $1 million Uber claims as its maximum insurance limit.
Our team will advocate vigorously to help ensure that you receive every dollar of damages you’re entitled to and will not charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. We offer you our dedication and our experience and will take the following steps to bring you justice:
- Investigate the circumstances of your accident
- Examine the accident site and the police report
- Interview witnesses
- Scrutinize your medical records
- Consult with any necessary experts (e.g. medical specialists, automotive engineers)
- Determine which strategy will work best during negotiations and/or in court
We will not take your case unless we feel certain that we can win you damages to cover your accident-related economic expenditures, such as lost income (present and future), medical and rehabilitative costs, and property damage. We will also seek compensation for your physical pain, emotional distress, and possible permanent disfigurement, disability, or loss of enjoyment of life. In a situation in which your Uber driver was extremely reckless (for example driving while under the influence or driving while texting), we may also be able to win you punitive damages.
Reasons for Uber Accidents
Uber vehicles are no less likely to be involved in accidents than other cars and, in some cases, a passenger riding in an Uber may be more at risk than other passengers. There are several reasons for this, among them:
- Uber is relatively lax about vetting its drivers
- Uber drivers are not specially trained by the company
- Uber drivers, in an effort to earn enough money, may work extremely long hours
- Uber drivers often work at more than one job
The first two reasons listed here may mean that Uber drivers are not especially safe or competent drivers. The last two may mean that Uber drivers are more exhausted or sleepy than other drivers on the road.
Types of Injuries Uber Accident Victims Suffer
It is upsetting even to contemplate the possible repercussions of traffic accidents that take barely an instant to occur. Uber accident victims may suffer any of the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Serious burns
- Loss of limb
- Neuromuscular injuries
- Bone fractures
These injuries may have ongoing negative impacts, such as limited mobility, paralysis, disfigurement, chronic pain, or cognitive impairment.
You should be aware that if your family goes through the tragic loss of a loved one in an Uber accident, Compass Law Group’s team is fully prepared to fight long and hard to win you the substantial settlement you deserve for your mental anguish as well as for final medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost wages going forward. We know that no amount of money will replace a lost family member, or will be sufficient payment for a major injury, but we believe the fight for justice is one worth making.
This list isn’t all-inclusive many personal injury suits have been raised based on different factors that aren’t included above. Our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys can work on cases without anything out of pocket.
We’re old enough to have the necessary experience, yet young enough to use the most cutting-edge technology and tactics, and are determined enough to fight and outsmart the other side, every time.