The way an Uber accident claim is handled may be slightly different from how other accident claims are handled. The most obvious difference has to do with who is responsible for paying your damages in an Uber accident claim. Even though rideshare drivers are independent contractors, Uber maintains a liability insurance policy that covers those drivers during various phases of their routes. In most cases, the liability policy covers an Uber driver from the moment the driver leaves to pick up the passenger through the end of the trip.
However, to file a claim against the company for an Uber accident caused by one of its drivers, you must prove that the Uber driver caused the crash. In this way, an Uber accident is the same as other automobile accidents in Maryland. You need evidence to prove the Uber driver caused the crash if you want to recover any money for your injuries, losses, and damages.
The Uber Accident Scene — Crucial Evidence You May Obtain
You may believe that you will never forget anything about the accident because it is etched forever in your mind. However, memories fade over time. Therefore, you need to preserve your observations of the accident by gathering as much information from the Uber accident scene as you can and to the extent that you can do so without placing yourself or others in harm’s way.
Six key pieces of evidence you can help gather from an Uber accident scene include:
- Name and contact information for each driver, including insurance information, driver’s license information, and tag numbers
- Names and contact information for any witnesses
- Photographs, videos, or notes about the damage to each vehicle
- What the other driver was doing at the time of the accident and immediately after the accident, including anything said by either driver
- Photographs or videos of the road and weather conditions, including skid marks and traffic signs/signals
- Photographs and videos of the placement of the vehicles, debris in the road, and the surrounding area
It may not be possible to take pictures or make videos after every Uber accident. If not, try to make as many notes as possible as soon after the accident while the information is still fresh on your mind.
Contact Uber Accident Attorneys to Continue the Accident Investigation
The Pinder Plotkin legal team has extensive experience investigating accidents and gathering evidence. In addition to using any information our clients provide to us that they may have gathered from the accident scene, other evidence we may use to prove fault for an Uber accident include:
- Videos and pictures from nearby security cameras or traffic cameras
- Medical records
- Accident reports and police reports
- Evidence from expert witnesses, including accident reconstructionists
- Evidence obtained from a vehicle’s onboard systems
- Physical evidence from the vehicles involved in the crash
- Cell phone records
- Depositions of the drivers, passengers, and eyewitnesses
Because each Uber accident is unique, our investigation may involve several different phases. One way you can help build your case is to contact our office as quickly as possible. Evidence can be lost or destroyed.
While we may still make a case without some the evidence, it is better to have all available evidence to prove that an Uber driver is responsible for causing a crash. You can only access the $1,000,000 in insurance coverage provided by Uber if you can prove that the rideshare driver was responsible for causing the crash.
Filing an Uber Accident Insurance Claim
If you are a passenger, driver, pedestrian, or other person injured by an Uber driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Most Uber drivers carry liability insurance required by Maryland. These insurance policies typically do not cover Uber drivers who cause an accident while they are “on the clock” for Uber.
Uber has an insurance policy that covers its drivers when they cause an accident. By filing an insurance claim against the Uber insurance policy, you may receive compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional stress and mental anguish
- Permanent disability and impairment
However, the insurance company will require proof that the rideshare driver caused the accident. Without the evidence proving the driver caused the Uber accident, your injury claim will be denied.
Don’t let your Uber accident claim be denied for lack of evidence. Work with experienced Maryland Uber accident attorneys to recover the money you deserve after being injured in a rideshare accident.
Contact a Maryland Uber Accident Attorney Today for a Free Case Review
Contact Pinder Plotkin LLC by calling 410-525-5337 for a free consultation with a Parkville Uber accident attorney.