Can I Sue an Uber Driver Who Causes a Wreck In Virginia When I’m a Passenger?
When you use an Uber or a Lyft service, you have a right to expect to reach your destination without being injured. This is not always the case. People who use ride-hailing services do get injured. We are often asked by passengers if they can sue an Uber driver who causes a wreck in Virginia.
The answer is yes. If you are in an Uber car ride service vehicle and your driver causes a car wreck in Virginia you can definitely sue them for their fault in causing the accident. The rules of the road are the same for an Uber driver, a Lyft driver or a taxi driver. You should also be aware that ride-hailing is now a lot bigger than Uber and Lyft with many other companies in the market. You have the right to sue them too.
Uber and other ride-hailing service drivers must do everything that a regular driver should do. This includes not causing an accident because they failed to pay attention, they followed too closely or lost control of their car and caused a rear-ender or another type of wreck.
In some cases, an Uber driver may even be drunk. In California, Uber faced a $1.1 million fine following claims it failed to investigate drunk drivers, reported Fortune.
The main difference when you are in a car for hire is that there is a better chance that there will be more insurance coverage which is mandated by Virginia law on professional drivers including people driving for Uber. Unlike a regular passenger car which could have as little as $25,000.00 per person per accident coverage, an Uber driver is required to have $1 million of coverage as part of the regulations imposed upon Uber by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Suing an Uber Driver Who Causes a Wreck In Virginia – Many Cases Are Settled Before Suit
Most claims are resolved in the automobile accident area in which I practice without having to file suit. Normally the process is presenting the claim to the insurance company for the at‑fault driver listing all of the economic losses like medical bills and lost wages as well as the other more personal human suffering aspects of injury to the person hurt.
A lawsuit is not always required in these cases. The lawsuit comes if and when there is some disagreement between the parties as to the value of the claim. One reason to hire a personal injury attorney is to always have the threat of the lawsuit real so that if the insurance company doesn’t do the right thing then there is always the backup threat of recourse through the courts.
As a personal injury lawyer with 30 years of experience in the field, I am always seeking to maximize the recovery for my clients. That is why the insurance companies including the insurance companies covering Uber vehicles try so hard to prevent you the injured person from going to an attorney.
The idea of cars for hire with drivers is not a new one. That’s essentially what taxis have always done. However, the Internet and the Uber system have revolutionized that industry. It really is a valuable service to folks to be able to call a ride quickly in any city and not need their own car. However, Uber drivers just like anyone else can make serious mistakes and even be reckless in their driving. When that happens and you get hurt in an Uber vehicle as a passenger, you can definitely sue if you need to for personal injuries that result. In Virginia, passengers have rights, whether you are traveling in an Uber car or a car driven by a friend or a family member.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident by a ride-hailing driver in Virginia, call our personal injury legal team at (757) 455-0077.