What To Do If You Are In An Accident With Uber In New Jersey
March 12, 2021
Rideshare services like Uber have exploded in popularity over the last decade as people have enjoyed the convenience of being able to summon a driver and vehicle with their smartphones. Of course, with more and more people taking Uber rides, that means more people who end up in an Uber that gets into a motor vehicle accident.
If you were injured while riding as a passenger in an Uber in New Jersey, you need to familiarize yourself with your rights and options.
Accident Insurance Provided by Uber
Under New Jersey law, Uber is required to offer insurance on vehicles that are being driven for the service. As a passenger riding in an Uber, the higher level of insurance coverage required by law becomes available to compensate you if you are injured in an accident.
Uber’s insurance provides up to $1.5 million in liability coverage for injury and property damage, which is primary to all other applicable auto insurance policies. Uber also provides $1.5 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can be useful if you were injured while riding in an Uber that was hit by another at-fault motorist, when that motorist’s auto insurance coverage is insufficient to fully compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Uber also provides insurance coverage for its drivers in the amount of $50,000 per person/$100,000 per incident in bodily injury liability coverage and $25,000 per incident in property damage liability coverage, if an accident occurs when a driver is logged into the mobile application but has not accepted a passenger request or does not have a passenger in the vehicle.
Pursuing a Legal Claim against Uber
As a passenger in an Uber injured in an accident, you can start pursuing a claim for compensation against Uber’s insurance by submitting notice that your Uber was involved in an accident either directly through the Uber mobile application or by calling Uber’s support hotline phone number.
You should also try to take photos or video of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles involved in the crash, and any visible injuries you may have suffered.
Make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. A doctor can physically examine you to identify all the injuries you suffered in the crash. Promptly diagnosing your injuries will help strengthen your claim that those injuries were suffered in the accident.
Compensation Available in an Uber Accident Claim
If you were injured in an Uber accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses such as:
- Costs of medical treatment and physical rehab
- Lost wages and income if you’re kept out of work during your recovery
- Lost earning capacity if you suffer physical disabilities from your injuries that impact your ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life due to physical scarring or disability
- Repair or replacement of any personal property of yours that may have been damaged or destroyed in the accident
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you calculate your losses and advise you as to what kinds of compensation you might be entitled to receive in an Uber accident claim.
Contact a Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Uber Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an Uber accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. represent clients injured because of Uber accidents in Hackensack, Teaneck, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn and throughout New Jersey. Call (201) 380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07762.
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