Get the most compensation possible for your rideshare auto accident by working with a Spokane Uber accident lawyer.

Rideshare services such as Uber are becoming increasingly popular, but few people realize just how complicated getting compensated can be if a crash involves one of these drivers. The laws surrounding Uber differ from those of a taxi company, as there are fewer regulations, less supervision, and barely any training requirements. This can create quite the complicated situation when it comes time to determine who is financially liable for damages and injuries.

A Spokane Uber accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help with your case, ensure that your rights will be protected, and provide you with the opportunity to receive compensation for your injuries.


Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors

Uber doesn’t hire their drivers directly. Instead, people sign up to be independent contractors for the company. Since no employee relationship exists, it can be difficult to determine if the company or the individual driver is to blame when an accident occurs. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Uber drivers use their personal vehicle for both work and leisure.

Breaking this down requires looking at what the status of the Uber app was at the time of the wreck. For example, if you were hit by an Uber driver who was not working at the time but was instead heading to the grocery store, the individual driver will be personally responsible and not the company.

If you are hit by an Uber driver that was using the app for work and waiting for a passenger, the company would have at least partial responsibility. The only time that Uber would be fully liable is if the driver had a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

To know for certain, we may need to conduct depositions to ask questions of both the Uber driver and an Uber representative while they are under oath.


Uber’s Insurance

If Uber had any liability at the time of the crash, they have insurance policies in place that can kick in to pay for your medical expenses and financial damages. Otherwise, the individual driver’s insurance company will represent them.

The difference between the two can make a significant difference in coverage amounts, making it important that you have an attorney in your corner who can maximize the amount of money you receive for your injury claim.


Your Injury Claim Could Be Worth More

Medical bills can be substantial after an accident, and it is important to be compensated for them all. However, you could be leaving money on the table if that is all you go after. A Spokane Uber accident lawyer from our office can ensure that you get more for your claim by calculating all of your financial expenses and non-economic damages:

  • Lost wages and income
  • Transportation costs
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress


Get Help from a Spokane Rideshare Car Accident Lawyer

Any injury case involving Uber is going to be complicated, and you will need an experienced attorney on your side. For help with your claim, speak with Craig Swapp & Associates by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by completing the form below.

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