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Can I File a Lawsuit against Uber after an Accident?

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .

Most of us have used a rideshare driver’s services at one point or another, and there is a reason that ridesharing is so popular. It is a relatively inexpensive mode of transportation, and it’s easy, fast, and, in most cases, safe. Unfortunately, even the safest driver can make mistakes that cause accidents and injuries for others.

If you’ve been in an accident involving an Uber driver, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the driver and possibly against the company of Uber as well. Lawsuits can be difficult to win, and going up against a large company can be intimidating. You don’t have to file a lawsuit without legal help, though.

Learn more about when you can file a lawsuit, or a personal injury claim, against Uber or its drivers.

Who Is Liable for Your Uber Wreck, Uber or the Driver?

If you are riding in an Uber at the time of a collision, or an Uber driver strikes you, you are probably wondering who is liable for your damages. Can you file your lawsuit against the driver, or against Uber?

In most cases you will file your lawsuit against the Uber driver. It is the driver who is responsible for the accident, and they are required to carry insurance at all times, same as any other driver on the road.

That being said, Uber does carry a $1 million dollar policy to protect those injured by their drivers. This insurance is usually only available if your damages exceed the driver’s policy limits.

There are a few other instances when Uber could be liable, and that is if they break the laws in South Carolina and you are injured as a result. For instance, Uber could be liable if they fail to do a background check and driving history check on your Uber driver.

Going after the Settlement Owed to You for Your Suffering

Whether you decide to file an insurance claim against the at-fault Uber driver or you decide you want to file a lawsuit outright, you are probably doing so to recoup the losses this auto accident has caused you.

You might have missed a lot of time from work; it could be that your injuries required extensive medical treatment; maybe you’ve suffered permanent injury that has required you to change professions.

Whatever your damages, you deserve to receive fair payment for them. An attorney may be able to help you get the money you need to move past this rideshare accident.

Get in Contact with an Uber Accident Lawyer

When Uber or one of its drivers caused your injury accident, you are owed damages for what you’ve suffered. Figuring out who is liable can be difficult, and every case is unique. It’s a good idea to partner with an attorney who can help you receive the case outcome you deserve.

Get the justice and compensation you seek by partnering with HawkLaw, PA. A free case consultation* is yours when you dial our office at 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or when you fill out the free case consultation form at the bottom of this webpage.

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Written By John D. Hawkins

John David Hawkins is the Founder and Owner of HawkLaw. He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Focusing on litigation, Mr. Hawkins is experienced handling Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Administrative Law, and Criminal Law matters.

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