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Uber Accident Rules, Laws, and Injury Settlements in California

Getting Compensation From Uber Accidents in California

As a colossal, multibillion dollar company that spans over 700 cities, it is no surprise that Uber Technologies Inc. has had its fair share of lawsuits. From drivers to passengers, many have had disputes with the monster corporation ranging from personal injury claims to wrongful termination allegations.

Due to their convoluted policies, which vary from state to state, resolving ridesharing issues can be tricky. Rather than fighting with Uber directly, many seek the help of qualified Los Angeles rideshare lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers. Hiring a Los Angeles Uber lawyer will help protect your rights and also increases your chances of getting a favorable Uber settlement.

Uber Laws in California

Due to the rapid growth of Uber, Lyft, and other Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), many states are discovering an infinite variety of possible threats and regulation challenges.

When questioned, Jarvis Murray of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation Network Companies stated that, “Their rapid rise — and essentially unregulated rise – have led to increased congestion, as well as an increased concern related to crimes committed by TNC drivers, including sexual assault. Despite these issues, local jurisdictions have been unable to obtain any data related to TNC operations, drivers, or even driver conduct.”


Rules to Protect the Uber Rider

According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, there are approximately 100,000 to 250,000 TNC drivers in Los Angeles, which can average over 8.9 million trips a year. For the protection of its citizens, California has attempted to manage Uber by assigning the following rules:

  1. In compliance with the California Public Utilities Commission Decision D.17-11-010 and Util. Code § 5445.2, all driver-partners must pass an annual background check.
  2. All drivers are required to display their Uber decal on the windshield on the front passenger side.
  3. Vehicles need to be inspected once a year or every 50,000 miles.

Riders must be of legal age. Drivers are not permitted to transport unaccompanied minors or single riders under the age of 18.


Rules to Protect the Uber Driver

California is known for its progressive policies and has made efforts to safeguard the rights of Uber drivers. In most states, Uber classifies their drivers as “independent contractors” rather than employees. This frees the company from regulating wages, overtime, meal periods, unemployment insurance, healthcare subsidies, workers’ compensation, and rest breaks. It also allows Uber to legally end the contract for whatever reason, whenever they please. California laws protect employees from mistreatment, but it does not extend these measures to independent contractors.

Drivers themselves have protested against mistreatment and unfair wages. There has been so much debate over whether Uber and Lyft should consider their drivers as employees that the state drafted the bill AB5, which will make it more difficult for companies to hire drivers as independent contractors. The bill has been approved by the Assembly and the California State Senate, and was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 18, 2019.

How Much Compensation Can I Get in an Uber Accident Settlement?

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The amount of money you will get from an Uber accident settlement is dependent on various factors. In many situations, the victim’s damages are measured along with liability. For example, if you are a pedestrian struck by an Uber driver, your settlement could be affected by the lighting on the road, time of day, and even by the color of your outfit. Always hire a qualified rideshare lawyer to achieve the best outcome.

When Do You Need a Rideshare Lawyer?

It is imperative to contact a rideshare lawyer as soon as possible if you are the victim of an accident and were injured or suffered property damage. Uber has a long history of settling claims per their Uber settlement policy. However, without proper legal representation, you may not be getting all you are entitled to for your damages.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. We are committed to resolving your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results. Our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk to prevent you from reaching out.
Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.


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