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Steps You Should Take if You’re Involved in an Uber Accident

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services have become widely used in recent years. As a cheaper and more user-friendly alternative to taxi cabs, Uber has become the go-to service for a trip to the airport or a ride home when you’ve had a few drinks. The vast majority of Uber rides will result in arriving at your destination without incident. But what happens if your Uber driver gets into a wreck and you suffer an injury?

Uber and Lyft provide its drivers with third-party liability coverage up to at least $1 million per accident.¹ This means that if your Uber/Lyft driver is at fault, this insurance will cover liability for any damages to a third party such as the passenger. Uber also provides uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage to its drivers. This covers any passenger in the vehicle when another driver is at fault, but that driver doesn’t have sufficient insurance coverage for your injuries. This coverage also applies to hit-and-runs where the at-fault driver is never identified.

So, if you are injured during an accident where your driver is at fault in Louisiana, both Uber and Lyft have a policy through the James River Insurance Company that covers your injuries for up to $1 million.² It is important that you contact a lawyer to ensure the proper party is sued.³ You don’t necessarily sue just the at-fault driver. Your lawyer would also send a letter to Uber and your driver instructing them to preserve evidence, requiring them to save all data or information related to your ride.

When another driver is at fault, you would first determine if the other driver’s insurance policy can cover your damages. If your injuries are serious and the other driver’s policy cannot cover the medical costs, then Uber and Lyft both have policies through the James River Insurance Company that could cover you up to $1 million.

If you get into a wreck while in an Uber, here are some recommended steps to follow that will assist your injury claims:

  •     Call 911 and take pictures of the wreck, including the license plates of all vehicles involved.
  •     Take down the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of any potential witnesses to the              crash.
  •     Write down the name of your Uber driver and the other driver.
  •     Take screenshots on your phone of the Uber ride and receipt.
  •     Finally, if you are injured or incur any medical bills, hire an attorney to handle your personal injury        claims.

We understand it might be intimidating to take legal action against a large corporate entity like Uber, but you are not alone. With the help of legal assistance, people hurt by negligent drivers have been successful in recovering damages from Uber and other rideshare companies.

 


[1]https://www.uber.com/drive/insurance/

[2]https://www.uber.com/newsroom/an-update-on-insurance/

[3]http://time.com/money/4851877/my-uber-got-into-a-wreck-can-i-sue/


Bicyclist killed in collision with 18-wheeler

According to the The Advocate, an 80-year-old man, a resident of Baton Rouge and a bicyclist, was killed at the scene of an accident when an 18-wheeler truck hit him on March 17. The accident occurred in the 4700 block of Plank Road in Baton Rouge at around 10:30 a.m. East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William Clark said that the death was due to multisystem trauma caused by the truck accident.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Don A. Coppola stated that the man was riding his bicycle northbound on Plank Road’s southbound lanes. The 18-wheeler that struck him turned onto Plank Road and came from Byron Street. Additionally, Coppola revealed that there are no charges filed against the driver of the truck.

Mika Torkkola, a Baton Rouge bicycle safety advocate, said that riding the wrong way is illegal and unsafe for the rider, but that this is actually extremely common among people from Baton Rouge, who believe that this is the safe and correct way to ride their bike. 


Parents of 18-year-old killed in crash searching for 18-wheeler driver

The Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm is currently handling the case of a father who is searching for the identity of an 18-wheeler driver who, according to witnesses, ran his 18-year-old daughter off the road in an accident that ultimately took the girl’s life. According to various accounts, Madison Welch was traveling home after a hunting trip when her parents received a troubling phone call from one of Madison’s friends. The friend said that she had been talking to Madison on the phone when she said, “Oh God, this truck,” and then her phone started directing straight to voicemail.

Shortly after, officers arrived at Madison’s home informing her family that there had been an accident. A witness to the event said that an 18-wheeler swerved into Madison’s lane, causing her pickup truck to flip into the median.

Madison’s parents are now searching for any information they can get their hands on that might help them identify the driver of the 18-wheeler that they believe ran Madison off the road. You can read more about this story by clicking here.

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