Being involved in any sort of car accident can be very distressing and even potentially have some serious consequences for your health profile if you suffer injuries as a result of the collision.
If you do suffer injuries in a car accident you will want some knowledgeable car accident lawyers at your service to fight your corner, and it will also help to understand who might be liable if the accident involves a service like Uber.
Liability is not cut and dried
One of the primary issues you want to resolve as quickly as possible is who is actually liable for the accident and where that leaves you in terms of making a claim for compensation.
The bottom line is that establishing liability is not always straightforward and there are a great many different scenarios where the outcome is not predetermined.
The added complication when it comes to an Uber driver being involved, for instance, is that their involvement adds another layer of investigation to deal with in your attempt to prove that the liable party was negligent and, therefore, on the hook in terms of
It is likely that you will need to employ professional legal help if you want to achieve the best possible outcome once you decide to make a claim.
Understanding the legal process is a challenge that is often best left to someone with the know-how to navigate the process and deal with the anticipated resistance you are likely to experience in getting a positive outcome.
Understanding the distinction
A fundamental point that you need to appreciate is that services such as Uber are classed as taxis from a legal standpoint.
This is a potential game-changer because it means that you are not dealing with the same definition of liability that would be applicable if you were pursuing a taxi firm. Uber, for example, is basically a software company and that means it is viewed differently when it comes to pursuing a liability claim.
Uber’s involvement is to provide an app that you use to order the ride and each rider is classed as an independent contractor operating under the umbrella of the Uber brand.
Having said that, it should be noted that Uber still maintains a certain degree of accountability for the drivers that represent their brand and get their ride work through people using the app.
All this means that you wouldn’t be suing the Uber driver as an employee of the company, but there are certain aspects of insurance coverage that could mean they have a level of liability.
A lot will depend on whether the Uber driver was using their car for personal use when they had the collision, or another scenario would be when the Uber driver was traveling to pick up a customer when the collision occurred.
As you can quickly see, you can’t be expected to fully understand who is liable because of the added complication of Uber’s involvement.
This is a valid reason why you might want to consider professional legal help if you are involved in a collision.
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