In the bustling city of Santa Monica, accidents involving rideshare services like UBER are unfortunately common occurrences. Whether you find yourself in the backseat as a passenger, behind the wheel as a driver, or even as an unsuspecting pedestrian, such incidents can lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Belal Hamideh, UBER accident attorney for Santa Monica, can help.
The convenience of rideshare services can quickly transform into a nightmare when an accident strikes. During a free case evaluation with Belal, he can tell you definitively about your case, letting you know exactly how he may be able to help. Hablamos Espanol.
In an Accident Involving UBER?
As an UBER passenger, you deserve to be safe before, during, and after your trip. If you’re involved in an accident:
- Ensure Safety: Move out of harm’s way, check for injuries, and call 911 if necessary.
- Document: Gather the UBER driver’s details, as well as those of other involved parties and witnesses. Do not do or say anything that can be taken as admitting fault. Take pictures of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any injuries.
- Call 911: Do so even if no one is injured. A police report can help your eventual case.
- Medical Attention: Even if injuries are not immediately apparent, seek medical help promptly. Shock can mask symptoms.
- Contact Your Insurance Provider: Tell them the truth, the facts without exaggeration.
- Legal Assistance: Reach out to an experienced UBER accident attorney. They can help you navigate the legal complexities and ensure you receive rightful compensation.
Perform similar actions to those listed above if you were injured in an accident as an UBER driver or you were a pedestrian hit by an UBER.
Understanding UBER’s Policies and Insurance
UBER’s insurance coverage varies based on the driver’s status within the app:
- Offline: Covered by the driver’s personal auto insurance.
- Period 1: $100,000 bodily injury liability coverage per accident, $50,000 per person, and $30,000 property damage liability coverage.
- Period 2 and 3: $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and commercial auto insurance. In Period 2, UBER provides $50,000 for bodily injury coverage.
Can You UBER for an Accident?
In the state of California, it is very unlikely that UBER can be sued for an accident. As a result of California Assembly Bill 5, UBER’s classification of drivers as independent contractors will most likely protect them from legal action. However, every case is different. If you were injured due to someone’s negligence and/or recklessness, you can have a strong case.
Calculating Compensation: Economic and Non-Economic Damages
The value of your UBER accident claim depends on factors like the severity of injuries, medical expenses, lost earnings, and emotional distress. Economic damages cover tangible costs, while non-economic damages compensate for intangible losses like pain and suffering.
Timely Filing of UBER Claims
In California, you have two years from the date of the rideshare accident to file a claim. However, claims involving government vehicles have a six-month deadline. Acting swiftly is crucial to secure your compensation.
An Attorney With Experience
Having an experienced UBER accident attorney by your side can be a game-changer. UBER, despite its widespread use, often tries to minimize payouts and evade liability. Belal Hamideh Law can level the playing field in many ways:
- Negotiation Skills: Belal is adept at negotiating with insurance companies. He knows the tactics these companies employ and can counter them effectively. The goal is to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress.
- Thorough Investigation: Belal conducts a comprehensive investigation into the accident. This includes gathering evidence, talking to witnesses, analyzing accident reports, and collaborating with accident reconstruction experts if needed. A well-documented case strengthens your position during negotiations or in court.
- Legal Advocacy: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, Belal is more than happy to represent you in court. He will present your case compellingly, ensuring your rights are protected and that you have the best chance at receiving the compensation you deserve.
- Peace of Mind: Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. Having a dedicated attorney allows you to focus on your recovery while they handle the legal complexities. You can have peace of mind, knowing that a professional is fighting for your rights and best interests.
Belal Hamideh: UBER Accident Attorney for Santa Monica and the Surrounding Area
Navigating the complexities of UBER accidents demands expertise. Belal Hamideh Law, experienced in rideshare accident cases, has successfully helped numerous accident victims. Belal and the team here work on contingency. So, you don’t have to pay unless we win. Even then, our compensation will come out of your eventual settlement.
To see how we can help, schedule a free case evaluation through our site or by calling.