San Antonio Uber Accident Lawyer
Ridesharing companies like Uber have quickly supplanted traditional taxicab companies when it comes to quick and efficient transportation in and around San Antonio. Both visitors to the downtown area, and locals alike, rely upon Uber to get them from place to place quickly. But when Ubers crash and injure you, you need a lawyer who understands how these accidents differ from others and can pursue all the compensation you need. You need the Wyatt Law Firm on your side.
Helping Victims of Uber Accidents in San Antonio, Texas With Recovering Monetary Compensation for Their Injuries
Ridesharing companies like Uber have taken off so quickly because they are convenient. Requesting a ride from Uber is as simple as downloading the app on a cellular device and requesting a ride. The closest driver to your location will likely respond, pick you up, and drop you off at your final destination.
However, with the numerous Uber vehicles on the road in San Antonio and other urban areas comes the increased risk of traffic accidents involving these vehicles. Just like with run-of-the-mill motor vehicle collisions, ridesharing accidents can lead to severe injuries and damages for drivers and passengers.
In some instances, accident victims are passengers in an Uber vehicle where the Uber driver does something wrong. At other times, Uber passengers can suffer an injury when another motor vehicle driver collides with the Uber vehicle, bringing about severe injuries and damages for everyone involved. In either case, these injuries can leave a person debilitated and in need of immediate follow-up medical care at a hospital or urgent care center.
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries in an Uber accident that resulted from driver negligence, you have legal options that are open to you. In some instances, you may turn to the Uber driver’s personal insurance coverage for monetary compensation. At other times, the Uber corporate policy will come into play to provide you with the financial compensation you need for your injuries. Please call us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your San Antonio Uber accident case.
Potential Causes of Uber Accidents in Greater San Antonio
Uber accidents in the San Antonio region may happen for many different reasons. In some cases, the operator of the Uber vehicle behaves negligently and causes the collision, while at other times, someone else might be at fault. In most cases, motor vehicle accidents occur because a driver behaves carelessly or recklessly (for example, driver error).
In a car accident, negligence means deviating from the established standard of care and/or acting unreasonably under the circumstances. A driver behaves negligently when he or she violates a traffic law or rule of the road, such as by speeding, running a stop sign or red light, tailgating another vehicle, or carelessly weaving in and out of traffic without using a turn signal.
Motor vehicle drivers are also negligent when they engage in certain types of distracted driving. A distracted driver fails to pay sufficient attention to the road, usually because he/she is using a cellular phone or other electronic devices while driving. At other times, distracted drivers may be fooling with a GPS device, disciplining children in the back seat, or turning up loud music in the car.
Any of these distractions can divert a driver’s attention away from the road and onto something in the vehicle. However, even a one or two-second distraction can have catastrophic and sometimes fatal consequences for drivers and their passengers. A driver might not see another vehicle approaching, and he or she may cause a severe collision.
In addition to negligent and distracted driving, Uber accidents sometimes happen because one or more drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Texas, a driver who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher is intoxicated per se. An even higher standard applies to minors (for example, drivers who are under 21 years of age) and commercial vehicle operators (including tractor-trailer and semi-truck operators).
However, even if the driver is operating a vehicle with a lower BAC, his or her faculties can still suffer impairment. For example, the driver may have trouble judging distances or depth, and the driver’s reaction time might slow down, preventing him/her from stopping the vehicle quickly. In addition, an intoxicated driver might experience various physical symptoms, such as blurry vision.
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries in an Uber accident that occurred in one of these ways, you have a right to monetary compensation. Your lawyer will explore the various legal avenues of recovery that may be available to you and can help you pursue the best course of action for your Uber accident case.
Common Uber Accident Injuries
The injuries that a person suffers in an Uber collision are much the same as in any other motor vehicle accident. The type and extent of the accident victim’s injuries will typically depend upon the type of collision that occurred. Some car accidents are rear-end collisions, with the front of one motor vehicle colliding with the rear of another vehicle. At other times, the crash is head-on, meaning that the fronts of the two vehicles collide.
Finally, some Uber accidents happen when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These accidents, called T-bone accidents, can cause the impacted vehicle to spin around or overturn in the middle of a traffic intersection. Generally speaking, head-on collisions will result in the most severe injuries out of any accident type especially when they occur at high speeds.
Another factor that determines the extent of the injuries of an Uber accident is the speeds of the vehicles involved. Generally speaking, a motor vehicle crash that occurs at a high rate of speed will lead to more severe injuries than a slower speed accident.
Finally, the force of the impact will also determine the extent of an accident victim’s injuries. A forceful impact can cause the accident victim’s body to move around inside a vehicle and possibly strike something in the vehicle. In Uber accidents, passengers are typically sitting in the back seat. Consequently, the force of impact might cause their bodies to move backward and forward in an abrupt manner or strike the window, back headrest, or front headrest.
As soon as possible, after suffering injuries in an Uber accident, you should call the police and paramedics to the scene and get emergency medical treatment at a hospital. You should take these actions even if you are not sure if you suffered any injuries in the collision. Injuries that go on untreated can develop into far more significant injuries with far more severe complications.
In addition, if you do not follow up at a medical facility or urgent care center immediately following your accident, the insurance company handling your Uber accident claim may become skeptical. For example, the insurance company might believe that your injuries were not all that severe or that you did not take your medical treatment seriously enough after the collision.
At an emergency room, a healthcare provider can ascertain the severity of your injuries, undertake the necessary diagnostic tests, and recommend future follow-up care and treatment. In addition to the follow-up treatment that the emergency room physician recommends, you should consider following up with your primary care doctor if you have one. Your attorneys can begin advocating for you while you complete your medical treatment following an Uber accident.
Specifically, your lawyer can gather up the necessary documents to assemble into a settlement demand package for the proper insurance company adjuster’s review. When you let the knowledgeable Uber accident lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm handle your case, you can rest assured that your legal interests are in good hands while you focus on recovering from your accident-related injuries.
Insurance Coverage in San Antonio Uber Accidents
The insurance company that provides the necessary coverage after an Uber accident will depend upon the circumstances. In some instances, the Uber driver’s insurance coverage will come into play, while at other times, the Uber corporate policy may supply the necessary insurance coverage. Finally, if another motor vehicle driver behaves negligently and the accident occurs as a result, then that driver’s insurance policy may take effect.
Uber’s corporate coverage consists of a single $1 million limit, and these policy proceeds apply not only to the accident victim’s injuries but also to property damage and any fatalities that result from the collision. In addition to these $1 million single-limit benefits, there is also $1 million worth of uninsured/underinsured coverage.
Uber’s corporate policy limits step into place whenever an Uber driver accepts a fare via the Uber app. The corporate coverage then remains in effect until the ride fare reaches his or her destination and the trip officially ends. In cases where an Uber driver has accepted a ride fare but has not yet picked the customer up, the applicable Uber limits of coverage consist of $50,000 per individual, $100,000 per accident in the aggregate (where more than one individual suffers injuries in the accident and $25,000 of coverage for property damage.
In cases where an Uber accident happens because of another motor vehicle driver’s negligence (for example, someone other than the Uber vehicle driver), you can look to the at-fault driver’s insurance company for monetary compensation.
Suppose you have suffered injuries in an accident involving an Uber vehicle. In that case, the skilled Uber accident lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm can determine which insurance policy or policies were in effect at the time of your collision. Your lawyer can then file a claim with the responsible insurance company and work to get you the compensation you need for all of your injuries.
Recoverable Damages in an Uber Accident
Monetary compensation and damages that a person can recover following an Uber accident are much the same as other passenger accidents. Not all Uber accident personal injury claims are the same since different accident victims can suffer various injuries requiring different medical treatment types. Generally speaking, an accident case where a person has to undergo surgery or other medical procedure is going to be more valuable from a settlement perspective than a case where an accident victim suffers minor soft tissue injuries.
After an Uber accident, the accident victim can pursue compensation for medical expenses and lost wages in the event the accident victim needed to miss time from work following the accident. Moreover, the victim can seek compensation for inconvenience, mental distress, emotional anguish, and loss of earning capacity in the event he/she had to switch careers or jobs following the collision.
If the accident victim suffered a permanent injury, such as a full or partial paralysis, then he/she can make a loss of use claim. On the other hand, accident victims can seek compensation for loss of life enjoyment resulting from their injuries.
The experienced Uber accident attorneys at Wyatt Law Firm can help you seek the damages and other compensation that you need following your car accident. Our legal team will work to maximize the settlement compensation that the insurance company puts on the table. Suppose the insurance company does not offer you fair and reasonable compensation for your Uber accident injuries. In that case, our legal team can file a lawsuit in the court system and litigate it to a favorable conclusion on your behalf.
Call a Knowledgeable and Experienced San Antonio Uber Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
The skilled legal team at Wyatt Law Firm is ready to start advocating for you in your Uber accident personal injury claim right away. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable San Antonio Uber accident attorney, please give us a call today at (210) 340-5550 or contact us online for more information.
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