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Uber Accidents and Liability in Denver

Posted in Blog on June 9, 2016

Uber is already a widely-used online ride service that quickly and conveniently connects riders and drivers in Denver and throughout the U.S. Now, Uber has expanded its services in Denver with a carpooling option, commonly known as UberPOOL. This service allows riders to choose to share a ride with other people in nearby locations for a discounted rate and choosing this option is as simple as selecting “POOL” on your Uber app. While the carpooling option can save you money, it will not prevent potential auto accidents and injuries from occurring during your ride.

Like any other type of car accident, Uber accidents can result in serious, painful, and costly injuries that require extensive medical care. After an Uber accident occurs, injured riders are often left wondering about their legal rights. If you have been injured in an Uber or UberPOOL accident, please call our Denver auto accident attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your options.
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Liability In an Uber Accident

Who is liable for damages caused in an Uber collision will depend on the circumstances of your accident. Many different factors and behaviors can lead to an accident, including the following:

  • Distracted driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving, violations of traffic laws, or other negligent acts on the part of your Uber driver;
  • Negligent acts or errors on the part of a driver in another vehicle;
  • Defective brakes, tires, or other auto parts on the Uber car;
  • Improper maintenance of the Uber car;
  • Defective parts or improper maintenance of another vehicle;
  • Poorly maintained roadways.

Depending on the cause of the accident, many different parties can be held liable, including the Uber driver, a third party driver, an auto manufacturer, or a government entity.

If you were injured in an accident as an UberPOOL passenger and the Uber driver was at fault, you are covered by Uber’s insurance policy. Previously, Uber was criticized for its inadequate insurance coverage for drivers and passengers. As a result, the company now carries a $1 million liability policy as well as a $1 million uninsured/underinsured driver policy. If your medical bills and other losses are less than $1 million, you should theoretically be able to collect compensation from Uber’s insurer.

Unfortunately, collecting insurance money for your losses from an Uber accident is not always that simple. Uber is a company and is looking to avoid any unnecessary cost or liability whenever possible. Like any other insurance company, Uber’s insurance will often deny part or all of your valid claim. It may be necessary to provide concrete evidence of your injuries and of the driver’s fault in the accident. An experienced attorney can protect your rights to recovery and can help you seek the full amount of recovery you deserve under Uber’s insurance policy.

Consult With a Denver Auto Accident Lawyer Today

Injury cases stemming from Uber accidents can be complicated. The Denver Uber accident lawyers at Zaner Harden stay fully aware of all relevant laws and developments regarding Uber liability. If you have been injured, call us today at 303-557-2019 for a free consultation. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.

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