Uber and their primary competitor Lyft exploded on the scene a few years ago, and now it is virtually impossible to find somebody that does not use a rideshare app for transportation at least somewhat regularly.
This is particularly evident in Beverly Hills California, where thousands of people each day use Uber to commute to and from work and avoid costly parking fees.
Uber also helps the 7.5 million tourists that visit the city each year come and go easily after a day or night of sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Uber has been estimated 99 million monthly active users hailing rides from the app on their phone, and that number grows every year, with the average rider spending around $250 per month using the service.
There are almost half a million Uber and Lyft drivers in California, and with that many rideshare vehicles on the road, there are of course going to be more and more accidents involving Uber drivers.
On top of that, it seems like every time we turn around there is a new on-demand service such as delivery apps like Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, Instacart and more.
Even Uber has its own food delivery service called UberEats.
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber either as a passenger, in your own car, or even as a pedestrian, you’ll need an experienced injury attorney like Daniel Kim to fight for your rights.
Call us today for a free initial case review and consultation.
Why Should I Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
Using a ride-hailing app such as Uber or Lyft is a fast, convenient, and cost-effective way to get around town if you don’t want to drive in LA traffic, think parking will be a hassle, need to telecommute and not concentrate on driving, and especially if you plan on drinking.
But anytime you are on the road or get in the car, you run the risk of being involved in an accident.
We sometimes take driving for granted and it seems like second nature at this point to most of us, but the reality is that being in a car is just about the most dangerous thing the majority of us will do on any given day.
And like any car accident, if you are involved in an Uber crash you will need professional legal representation to help you navigate the minefield of medical bills, insurance adjusters, and the general aftermath of an accident.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have been providing legal counsel to the residents of Los Angeles and Orange County for years now, and know all the complexities of the laws surrounding Uber accidents.
We have over 1000 positive reviews on Google, Yelp, and FB from past satisfied clients, and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We use top investigators to help prove your case and can help you get both immediate and ongoing medical care.
When you hire Daniel Kim, you are getting an aggressive attorney and law firm with countless years of experience in motor vehicle accidents.
We know how the insurance companies operate and every tactic and loophole they will try and use.
We will fight diligently to make sure you receive the maximum compensation available for your case. Contact us today for a Free consultation.
How Much Is My Uber Settlement Worth?
If you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, there is no doubt you will probably have questions about making an accident claim.
If you were a passenger in the Uber or another driver that was not at fault for the accident, then you should be able to claim damages as a result of the accident and the injuries you have suffered.
Unfortunately, there is no real calculator to give a potential client a guaranteed settlement amount in the beginning, but as the case goes on we will discuss what our legal team believes the claim to be realistically worth.
Some of the things will seek compensation for include:
All medical bills – hospital bills, ambulance, medication, follow-up care and anything else medically related to the injuries sustained in your Uber crash. Keep detailed records.
Loss of wages – any monies that you were unable to earn during forced time off work after receiving injuries in an accident can be claimed.
Property damage – this could include your vehicle or other personal belongings that were broken or destroyed as a result of the collision.
Pain-and-suffering – this could include not only physical trauma but also mental and emotional damage.
Punitive damages – these are somewhat rare and hard to prove, but can occasionally be included when the other driver has been proven to be operating the vehicle in a dangerous or reckless fashion.
The best thing you can do is contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free consultation.
From there we will be able to advise you what to do next, and how we think we should proceed with your claim as a team.
A Little About Uber Divers
Uber is not only a great way to get around town, commute, and get to and from the airport, is also a beneficial way for people to earn an income as either a full-time job or part-time for extra money.
The flexible schedule that driving for Uber provides is very appealing to many people, especially in a place like the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area where there are so many people pursuing their dreams and working erratic schedules.
Getting approved to be an Uber driver is fairly easy. Potential drivers will need to pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license, own or lease a new four-door car, and understand how to use their smartphone to use the Uber Driver Partner app in order to get rides.
Once all those things are squared away and approved, a driver simply opens their app and goes online, and waits for a ride to pop up on the screen.
Drivers can work for as little or as long as they like but are limited to a maximum of 12 consecutive hours online in any given shift.
After that, there is a six-hour window for rest where the app will not let the driver go online until completed.
Driving and riding with Uber is generally a safe and efficient transportation method, with a code of conduct to be followed on both sides.
Rides are tracked in real-time on both rider and driver apps, so there is more accountability than that of a traditional taxi.
Common Causes For Uber Accidents In the Beverly Hills
Like any motor vehicle accident, there are many reasons an Uber accident could occur in Beverly Hills.
Some of the most common reasons for crashes include:
Speeding – the main reason for all motor vehicle accidents.
Distracted drivers – texting, looking for their riders, and even using the Uber app can cause drivers to lose focus and crash.
Bad weather – as we all know it does not rain very often in Southern California, so when does it makes the roads and drivers unpredictable, to say the least.
Running red lights – running through a stop sign or red light is a common cause of all car accidents, especially late at night.
Driving under the influence – DUI arrests are generally down in most major cities, including Beverly Hills, as a result of rideshare services like Uber, but unfortunately, drunk driving is still a leading cause of injury and fatality accidents.
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Common Injuries From An Uber Accident
There are a variety of factors that could determine how severely someone is injured as a result of a collision or crash with an Uber.
Whether you are sitting in the front or back seat, how fast the cars were traveling, and whether you had time to brace for impact will all play a part in determining how badly one could be injured.
Some of the most common injuries we see from Uber accidents include:
- TBI or traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Facial and dental damages
- Wrongful death
The severity of your injuries will play a major role in the strength of your case and the compensation amounts that we will demand from the insurance company. Contact our office today and speak with Daniel Kim to find out where and how we begin to fight.
Uber Accident Statistics
Uber is now an enormous global company and brand, yet it is surprisingly difficult to find accurate Uber accident stats.
But according to a report released by the University of Chicago and Rice University, the rising popularity of rideshare hailing apps like Lyft and Uber has seen a 2 to 3% increase in motor vehicle-related fatalities since Uber launched in 2011.
In all motor vehicle accidents in California in 2017, there were 485,866 car accidents reported, which resulted in 267,823 injuries and 3898 fatalities. Los Angeles County had the most with 91,468 injuries and deaths.
Busy Streets In Beverly Hills
The closest freeway to Beverly Hills is the 405 which is approximately 3.5 miles West of the city.
But just because Beverly Hills does not have a freeway attached to it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of busy roads. Beverly Hills has some of the busiest streets in Los Angeles passing through the city.
Some of these include:
Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Glen Boulevard.
Benedict Canyon Boulevard.
Coldwater Canyon Avenue
If you are involved in any type of accident involving an Uber, other rideshare or taxi, seek medical treatment immediately and then contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim.