Uber provides an important convenience in New Orleans for residents and visitors alike. People can easily get around town without renting a car or following the schedules of public transportation. People who are out on the town can hitch a ride home if they have had too much to drink, preventing a potential drunk driving crash. Uber has become a regular practice for many people and can increase safety on the streets of New Orleans.
Unfortunately, Uber drivers can get into accidents just like any other driver. These accidents often happen when an Uber has a passenger, and these passengers can suffer serious injuries in crashes. What do you do next if you sustain injuries in an Uber accident?
Get Medical Attention
Sometimes, car accident victims will immediately know that they are injured. You should always call 911 so that you receive the emergency medical attention you need at the scene of the accident, as well as an ambulance ride if necessary. If you are in pain or are disoriented, you should go straight to the emergency room to get checked out. In fact, going for a medical evaluation is always a good idea even if you do not feel immediate pain. The symptoms of some car accident injuries can develop over time, but you want to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.
Call an Experienced Attorney
Your next step after your injuries are stabilized should be to contact an attorney who knows how to protect your rights in a New Orleans Uber accident claim. These claims can be different from regular car accident cases in different ways.
First, an Uber is considered to be a common carrier when it is transporting passengers in exchange for payment. Common carriers have a higher duty of care to passengers than other drivers have. Your attorney should know how to identify and prove when a common carrier has breached their duty of care and caused you injury.
Next, Louisiana requires Uber drivers to carry more insurance coverage when picking up passengers. However, rideshare insurance can be difficult to get and maintain. If your Uber driver does not have the proper insurance, you will need to file a claim with Uber’s insurance that covers its contractors. While this, in theory, provides $1 million in coverage, dealing with Uber’s insurance representatives is not a simple task. You need a strong negotiator who can fight for a fair settlement and file a lawsuit if needed as leverage in your case.
Discuss Your Options with a New Orleans Auto Accident Law Firm
While taking an Uber can be a responsible decision intended to avoid accidents and injuries, many Uber passengers have, nonetheless, become the victims of serious car accidents. Uber cases can be complicated and can involve many parties and insurance companies. You need an attorney who understands how to tackle these claims to ensure you receive the compensation you need for your losses. Please call Egenberg, APLC, at (504) 229-5700 or contact us online for a free consultation.