Uber has made the news a lot in the last few years, and the press isn't always good. While the rideshare app has been tremendously successful and provided a new level of convenience for persons seeking taxi-type services on-demand, it has also proved to be tremendously dangerous for the people who use the service, other drivers, and pedestrians.
At Easton & Easton — located next to South Coast Plaza in the South Coast Metro Area of Costa Mesa, California — we represent people throughout the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area who have been seriously injured by all kinds of distracted driving, especially distracted Uber drivers. Our clients are people who have been harmed in many different situations, including:
- Pedestrians who were hit by Uber drivers who where distracted by the app itself while trolling for rides or by customers in their cars
- Drivers whose vehicles were hit by distracted, careless, or reckless Uber drivers — often drivers who were rushing under pressure to secure a client from the rideshare app
- Uber customers who were injured while being driven by an Uber driver who negligently caused an accident with another vehicle
Uber Accidents, Insurance Coverage And California Law
Currently, Uber treats its drivers like independent contractors. What does that mean for people hurt by Uber drivers? It often means that the Uber drivers' own insurance companies are asked to compensate victims for the damage done — not Uber itself. It also means that those companies can deny coverage because they claim that they do not cover commercial use, just personal use of a vehicle.
Many injury victims have faced great difficulty in receiving the compensation they need and deserve in recent years because the insurance companies involved, those retained by Uber and by the individual drivers, both deny coverage. This is about to change.
So many people have become concerned with injuries caused by Uber and other rideshare services that California has recently passed a new law. That law — AB 2293 — goes into effect in July 2015. It establishes guidelines regarding insurance coverage for Uber and other transportation network companies, helping to ensure the financial and personal safety of others by holding Uber accountable when the private insurance of the individual Uber driver is inadequate. The law also requires that Uber drivers have a minimum amount of insurance when the app is on, and that Uber have excess coverage beyond that amount under certain scenarios.
Despite the much-needed protection provided by this new legislation, victims of Uber drivers will still need the assistance of a knowledgeable, experienced, qualified attorney who understands the intricacies of these kinds of cases in order to navigate the different insurance carriers and achieve full compensation. At Easton & Easton, we have in-depth knowledge of the new law. As experienced trial attorneys, we leverage this knowledge to achieve the best possible results for our clients. We can take forceful action to hold insurance companies and the distracted Uber drivers they cover accountable for the damage they cause.
Contact Our Firm For A Free And Confidential Consultation
To talk with us about the harm you or a loved one has experienced, contact us online or call 714-426-9565 for a free and confidential consultation with a lawyer. Attorneys at our firm handle distracted driving-related cases on contingency, so there is no fee unless and until we recover compensation for you.