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In Carlsbad, residents and tourists rely on rideshare apps like Uber to get from place to place. With just a tap on a screen, you can hail a ride to drive you to work, run to the store, or take you home from a party after having a bit too much to drink. If you’re visiting our town, you can get around quickly without having to worry about directions or Carlsbad’s unfamiliar streets.
For the most part, an Uber ride is a great option if you can’t or don’t want to drive. But just like any transportation option, Uber rides are not free of accidents.
If you were in an Uber accident, you have rights. Contact the Carlsbad Uber accident lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys online or at (619) 237-3490 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident can make it feel like your world has flipped upside down. Suddenly, you face physical, emotional, and financial pain that you never expected and that has disrupted every aspect of your day-to-day existence.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our number one priority is to make our clients’ lives easier during what we know is a very difficult time. We believe they should not have to worry about dealing with insurance or managing personal injury claims when they need to focus their energies on regaining their health. That is why we do our best to recover the maximum compensation we can for them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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A recent study found that since rideshare trips became popularized in 2011, they have led to an increase in motor vehicle fatalities of 2 to 3 percent.
Uber regularly publishes accident and safety information. It recently released a U.S. Safety Report that disclosed the following statistics about its transportation network:
Unfortunately, the report fails to address non-fatal accidents, which undoubtedly make up a significant proportion of the total crashes involving Uber rides every year. After all, Uber drivers are just as likely to get into an accident than any other driver on the road. In fact, because they often drive in unfamiliar areas and get distracted by their Uber app, they may well face a greater risk of accidents compared to ordinary drivers.
As owners of private vehicles, Uber drivers carry their own auto insurance that covers them the same way it covers any other driver. If you sustain injuries in an accident caused by someone who drives for Uber, but was not Uber-driving at the time of the accident, then that driver’s regular auto insurance may cover you for some or all of the costs of your injuries and losses.
In addition, Uber also provides insurance that supplements its drivers’ own auto insurance coverage under certain circumstances when the driver has engaged the Uber app.
For an accident that happens when the driver has engaged the app and is ready and waiting for a ride request, Uber’s insurance provides additional liability coverage totaling:
For an accident that happens when the driver has engaged the app and is on the way to pick up a passenger or has a passenger in the vehicle, Uber’s insurance provides additional coverage totaling:
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we investigate Uber accidents thoroughly to figure out which of these “tiers” of insurance might apply in a given case. We know where to look for crucial evidence, and how to get our hands on it.
Uber drivers are at least as likely to get into accidents as any other driver. Common causes of Uber accidents include:
Speeding is a serious problem, and we’ve seen as many as 27 speed-related injuries and deaths in one year in Carlsbad—a town of only about 13,000. However, many drivers underestimate just how dangerous speeding actually is. Speeding increases stopping distance and decreases reaction time. Unfortunately, passengers can pressure their Uber drivers to go faster to make it to a destination. Arriving a few minutes earlier is not worth the risk of an accident. Follow the speed limit. If you see a speeding driver approach, move out of the way and allow them to pass.
Distracted driving is a problem that plagues millions of drivers across the United States. When drivers take their eyes off the road, the risk of a collision increases substantially. While texting is a common culprit for distracted driving, an Uber driver may become distracted by the Uber app itself, by external distractions, or by the Uber passenger.
Carlsbad roads can get crowded. This can cause drivers stress, make them rush, and give them incentives to try to beat red lights and to blow through stop signs. This obviously increases the risks of accidents. While driving, always stay alert for other vehicles. Intersections are one of the most common locations for accidents. Look both ways before you proceed through an intersection, even if you have the right of way.
Drivers tend to follow too close. The California Department of Motor Vehicles suggests a safe following distance of at least three seconds from when the car in front of you passes a fixed point until you reach that same point. This allows drivers enough time to stop in the event of an emergency. In the event of inclement weather or adverse road conditions, it is always a good idea to increase your following distance.
Drivers who follow too close risk causing a rear-end accident and inflicting substantial injuries that can include neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Bad weather or obstacles in the road can make it difficult to see other drivers. As a driver, you should always take precautions to minimize the chance of an accident. During poor visibility, turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you. Do not use your hazards as this can decrease visibility. If you have difficulty seeing because of a blind spot or an object in the way, do not attempt to proceed until you are sure it is clear.
Victims of an accident involving an Uber ride can often seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
The availability and amount of that compensation may vary depending on the circumstances of the accident, but the potential expenses a victim can seek to recover usually include:
No lawyer can guarantee that a Carlsbad Uber accident victim will recover all, or even any, of the categories of damages above. However, the most reliable way to give yourself the best chances of obtaining maximum compensation for your Carlsbad Uber accident injuries is to hire an experienced Uber accident lawyer, like the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys.
As a passenger or a driver, you have rights in the event of an accident involving an Uber ride. To protect those rights, consider following these tips:
After a Carlsbad Uber crash, you have rights. Protect your rights by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney from Gomez Trial Attorneys right away. We have the experience and know-how to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Don’t delay. You may have only limited time to secure the benefits of your legal rights to compensation. If you miss important deadlines, you may lose your rights altogether.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our clients are our number one priority. We listen to their stories, investigate their injuries, explain their legal options, and advocate for their interests in negotiations and court appearances. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a Carlsbad-area Uber accident, you likely have the right to recover significant amounts of compensation from the parties who did you harm. To learn more, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys at (619) 237-3490 or online, for a free case evaluation.
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