The laws pertaining to rideshare services and auto accidents are continuously evolving, as this is a relatively new area of law. As a result, it can be confusing to navigate this legal field in the event of a wreck. If you’ve been hit by an Uber vehicle as a pedestrian, you may be wondering about your legal rights and options. Our Uber accident lawyers can investigate your case and answer any questions you may have.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
When you head outside on foot, whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or simply taking a walk, you may find yourself vulnerable to the traffic buzzing nearby. Pedestrians are at risk of being struck by a vehicle in a number of different situations, most of which are caused by driver negligence. The accident rates may be even higher than you realize.
The most recent pedestrian-traffic data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discusses people on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2015:
- 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.
- Almost 129,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries after being hit by a car.
- A pedestrian was killed every 1.6 hours and injured more than every 7.5 minutes in crashes.
- 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
- Of the children 14 or younger who were killed in car accidents, 21 percent were on foot.
- 26 percent of pedestrian accident occurred between 6:00 PM and 8:59 PM.
- The majority of on foot fatalities were males.
- Nearly 50 percent of drivers who struck individuals were found to have consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel.
- 90 of fatal pedestrian crashes involved single vehicles.
- 19 percent of on foot accidents were hit-and-runs.
More recently, a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in March 2018 in Tempe, Arizona.
If you find yourself to be the victim of a pedestrian accident, it’s imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, to ensure the proper legal actions are taken.
Understanding How Uber Works
If you’re involved in an Uber wreck you may benefit from understanding how Uber works and how their insurance policies may make your claim more difficult. First off, Uber drivers are not employees of Uber. They are independent contractors. This can make legal claims against them more complex, because Uber may try to skirt their accountability. According to their policy, Uber accident liability, which is sometimes limited, changes depending on what the driver is doing:
Period One: Uber App On, No Passenger. Uber drivers spend a lot of time on the road while waiting for passenger requests; however, according to the company, this does not necessarily mean they are on the clock. If an accident occurs during this period, Uber will only cover the liability. They will not cover the driver’s injuries or any property damage.
Period Two: Driver En Route to Pick Up a Passenger. When a driver is on their way to pick up a passenger, they are theoretically covered by Uber’s insurance. In the event of a ride cancellation, however, the driver is placed back in period one and Uber may not cover the accident.
Period Three: Driving With a Passenger. If the driver has a passenger and is transporting them, they should be covered by Uber’s policy.
Determining Liability After an Uber Accident
While Uber may offer an easy-to-use app and convenient transportation options, and their policy is written out, there are still legal gray areas when it comes to determining collision accountability. Depending on the accident and the period we discussed above, the liability can change. What happens when an Uber collides with a pedestrian? How is liability determined?
Before Uber’s larger policy can come into play for the victim, fault and damage responsibility will need to be determined. The driver’s history, Uber’s hiring methods, and the pedestrian’s actions are likely to be taken into consideration. Our legal team can investigate your claim, find out what happened, and determine who should be held liable for your injuries and trauma.
The right Uber accident attorney can help you sort through the complex legalities of your case, so you can receive the compensation you need to focus on your recovery. We can help you relieve the financial burdens associated with your accident. Our lawyers are located throughout the United States, so we can assist you no matter where you are. To learn more, reach out one of our legal team members today.