Recently, three Texas women were passengers in an Uber accident. The other driver fled the scene of the accident in a hit and run. The below article details the fact that even though the passengers 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 that is involved in a car accident, 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 a personal injury attorney or an Uber accident attorney to pursue a claim or a lawsuit. 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 tender any payment even if you are seriously injured in the car accident. 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 from the car accident. 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 of anyone who saw the car accident. An investigator may even be obtained to locate the driver and surveillance footage can be pulled. Even with all of this information, insurers may still take the position they are not required to pay out or they need more information to evaluate the claim.
Passenger claims involving hit and run car accidents are complicated; similarly, Uber accident claims can be complicated and involve specialized interpretation of insurance policies. If you are involved in an Uber accident in Metairie or New Orleans, it is important to consult with an experienced Metairie Uber accident 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.
Megan C. Kiefer is a partner at Kiefer & Kiefer. She is a Metairie Uber accident attorney personal injury lawyer and a New Orleans personal injury attorney who has handled many car accident cases involving Uber and Lyft. See our companion website www.youruberaccidentattorney.com for more information.
This is being provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.