In February 2018, a Ukrainian model visiting Southern California got an Uber ride to see the city. Now, she is in the hospital. Liz Kuzmenko is in a UCLA Medical Center bed and wants to know when she can go back to work. The reality is that she’ll most likely be recovering for at least a couple of months before she can travel. It’s a far cry from where the aspiring model was just one month ago.
On New Year’s Eve, she went out with three friends: Jumping into an Uber around 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day seemed responsible, but a drunk driver, speeding south on Vista Street blew through a stop sign and T-boned the Prius driven by their Uber driver.
Now what? For her and for anyone, the future may be uncertain. One aspect is part of Uber that is critical. According to the Uber website the company provides for uninsured motorist injury coverage:
Uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage:
This insurance covers any occupant of your vehicle in case of an accident where another party is at fault but does not have insurance or is underinsured. This also covers hit and run accidents where the at-fault party can not be identified. The coverage amount is $1 million of total coverage for bodily injury.
Several good samaritans have stepped up to help Kuzmenko’s family overseas keep in touch regarding her recovery. They have also set up multiple GoFundMe pages to help aid Kuzmenko and her family.
If you have been injured while riding in an Uber-dispatched vehicle, talk to a lawyer about insurance and how medical bills may be paid. While these cases are complex, you may be able to get legal assistance. Rideshare Law Group can help. Get in touch to learn more and speak with an experienced Uber accident lawyer today.