Uber Car Accident Attorneys San Antonio

Representing the Rights of Individuals Injured in Uber Accidents

San Antonio is a fun and exciting city that's jam-packed with things to do. And what better way to get around our bustling city than by Uber. Unfortunately, Uber accidents happen, and because the law related to this burgeoning rideshare business model is in its early stages, these claims are especially complicated. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an Uber, you need experienced legal counsel.

Beauty and the Beast

The beauty of Uber is that you can hire a car from anywhere – with the push of a button on your smartphone. It simply doesn’t get any more convenient than that. And when things are running smoothly, there’s nothing not to love. If, on the other hand, you’ve been injured in an Uber car accident, things are very different. Every car accident is upsetting, but being injured in an Uber accident adds an additional layer of ambiguity and confusion about how best to proceed. If you’ve been injured, seek immediate medical attention, then consult with an experienced Uber accident attorney.

Car accidents are always unsettling—Uber accidents can be even more so. If you’ve been injured in an Uber accident, it’s no time to go it alone; you need a skilled car accident attorney who has experience with complicated Uber accident cases. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas in San Antonio has the skill, knowledge, and determination to fight for your Uber accident claim’s best possible resolution. Our dedicated Uber accident attorneys will leave no stone unturned in our quest to protect your rights and obtain your rightful compensation.

Uber and Insurance

While Uber has received negative press recently, it continues to grow and prosper and add new drivers to its team each day. As the number of Uber vehicles on our roadways continues to grow, the number of Uber accidents also continues to increase. As such, it’s useful to try and better understand how Uber and insurance come together, as those issues may complicate recovery for an Uber accident.

Because Uber drivers drive their own cars, they’re covered under their own insurance policies. Uber, the company, also carries its own insurance that’s known as rideshare insurance. There are a number of variables that determine how insurance applies in an Uber accident, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Three common scenarios include:

1. The Uber driver is on duty and actively carrying passengers  - Whether you’re an Uber passenger or are in another vehicle at the time of the accident, Uber’s commercial insurance policy will come into play for the Uber driver’s liability if the driver is on duty and is carrying passengers (or is en route to pick up an active fare). In the eyes of the law, the Uber driver’s vehicle – in this situation – transcends the status of personal vehicle and is instead treated as a commercial vehicle. As such, Uber’s commercial policy should kick in.

2. The Uber driver is on duty but isn’t carrying any passengers - If the Uber driver in question is on duty but has no passengers in the vehicle, it confuses the matter. Uber drivers naturally spend some time without active passengers, but they nevertheless remain on the road and at the ready. During this downtime, Uber drivers aren’t technically working for Uber, and when they’re involved in car accidents during this period, it’s likely that Uber’s contingent insurance policy – rather than its commercial policy – will be activated.

3. The Uber driver is driving on his or her own time - If the Uber driver whose negligence caused you to be injured is off the clock and isn’t driving for Uber at the time, it’s business as usual and your claim will proceed exactly as any other car accident claim would. This is because, in the eyes of the law, the Uber driver's vehicle in that moment is no longer a commercial vehicle, so Uber’s policies no longer apply.

Uber and rideshare companies like it are relatively new on the legal scene, and as a result, they haven't faced the intense oversight and regulations that they might otherwise. While this legal status is evolving, it's far from clear how any given Uber accident claim will proceed. While you're probably covered by Uber's commercial policy if you're injured as an Uber passenger, it's not as clear-cut as all that.

Determining which insurance applies can be complicated as a result, and it’s not always easy to figure out the laws. Don’t try to navigate this rocky terrain on your own--seek knowledgeable legal guidance from a San Antonio Uber car accident attorney.

The Insurance Company

Even after you’ve determined which insurance policy applies, recovering damages for your claim is still complicated. Insurance companies are in business to turn a profit. Often, that entails denying claims and minimizing payouts.

While the stress of being involved in an Uber accident is high, you may be tempted to simply accept whatever insurance settlement you are offered, though it is typically not in your best interest to do so. Injuries incurred in vehicular accidents often have lasting complications that are difficult to know and quantify immediately after an accident. The physical, financial, and emotional consequences of incurring serious injuries in a car accident are often significant.

We are here to help you with your Uber accident claim and ensure just compensation, while you focus on the important work of recovering from the accident.

If You’ve Been Injured in an Uber Accident, You Need a Dedicated San Antonio Uber Accident Attorney

There’s probably no better way to enjoy San Antonio than by Uber—but if you’ve been injured in an Uber accident, things look different. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas has the skill, knowledge, and determination to aggressively advocate for fair compensation for all your injuries and losses. Our dedicated Uber accident lawyers are here to help, so please contact or call us at 210-225-0909 to schedule an appointment today.