Recently, three Texas women were passengers in an Uber involved in a serious accident. The other driver fled the scene. The below articles detailed the fact that even though the passenger side were seriously injured and had loss wages, it has been difficult to recover any compensation even though Uber carries $1,000,000 of uninsured motorist insurance for passengers while riding Uber, and they have directed the passengers to try to get compensation from the hit and run driver.
Put simply, this is exactly the type of case where the passengers should consult an attorney. Because any claim against Uber's insurer is one of UM due to the fact that the other driver was solely at fault, there are many circumstances that must occur before the UM insurer is required to render any payment. The passengers will need to provide the insurer proof of no or limited insurance regarding the hit and run driver, proof that they are solely at fault, and proof of medical damages. If the other driver cannot be located, they will need to provide documentation relative to that, such as a police report, property damage proof, and witness statements. Even with all of this information, insurers may take the position they are not required to pay out.
Passenger claims involving hit and run accidents are complicated. If you are involved in a car accident in Metairie or New Orleans, it is important to consult with an experienced Metairie personal injury attorney or a New Orleans personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us for a free consultation on how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.