Uber and Virginia Car Accidents - A Few Important Scenarios

What you should do if you are in a car accident in a uber.As Uber becomes ever-present, naturally, there will be more car accidents involving Uber driven cars.  So here’s a couple of scenarios if you’ve got a question about Uber Virginia car accidents. 

1. What to do if you were a passenger in an Uber vehicle that was in an accident?

First of all, if you’re a regular Uber rider, you should reach out to your auto insurer to determine whether they will cover you if you’re involved in an auto accident while riding in Uber. 

Next, you should make sure that you are checking with your Uber drivers to ensure they have proper insurance. 

If you’re involved in a car accident while riding with Uber, you want to make sure that you’re participating in the accident investigation (of course if you’re physically able to do this).  This means the following: make sure you take photographs of the property damage caused by the accident, speak to any law enforcement to give your account of what happened, and obtain both your driver’s and the other driver’s information. 

The purpose of this is so that, in the event that ligation happens, you have all of the relevant information available to pursue your claim.

Keep in mind, most accident litigation occurs months and even years after an accident happens.  Therefore, you want to make sure you preserve all of the information possible so that you know who to pursue and the evidence necessary to pursue the claim.

2. What to do if you are an Uber driver and were struck by another car while “on duty?”

If you happen to drive for Uber, make sure that you contact both Uber and your own auto insurance to make sure that you’re aware of what coverage you have. 

If you don’t tell your auto insurance that you’re driving for Uber, they will likely not cover you if you are involved in an accident while “on duty.”  Additionally, Uber’s insurance policy may not be up-to-par.  So be an educated Uber driver.

In the event that you were struck by another car while driving for Uber, you’ll want to make sure that you’re preserving all of the available evidence as discussed in the Answer to #1.  Assuming there’s enough insurance through your Uber policy, you’ll also want to contact them about the claim. 

Once you’ve made sure to get the proper information, the claim against the other car that caused the accident is the same as pursuing any other car accident claim.  (Of course, you can find tons of information about pursuing your car accident claim on this site). 

3. What to do if you were struck by an Uber driver while driving your own car?

If you were struck by an Uber driver, you would treat it just like any other personal injury claim.  As discussed in Answer to #1 make sure to preserve the evidence necessary, and make a claim against the defendant.  And get your insurance involved if necessary (Again, there’s tons of information on this site about pursuing your own auto accident case). 

Conclusion. 

As Uber’s footprint on our roads grow larger and larger, more accidents involve their drivers.  If you have a question about a Virginia accident involving Uber, give us a call.  

James S. Abrenio
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