Now more than ever before, people choose to hail car services like Uber to conveniently get from place to place. However, just like any other car, there is always the chance that they can get into an accident with another car. Getting into a car accident when you are in an Uber is essentially the same as when you get into a car accident when you are traveling in a taxi.
Many times, Uber rides are totally safe and successful. However, accidents are inevitable along the streets of New York City. If you are injured in an Uber, you are protected by the $100,000 plan that the company is required to carry in New York. Taxi drivers in New York are also required to have $100,000 in coverage in the event that someone becomes injured in an accident.
If your medical expenses exceed the amount of coverage that Uber has provided, you can always use your underinsured motorist coverage to make up the difference. It is important to know that Uber believes that they are not responsible for their drivers because they consider them independent contractors. You probably won’t have a case against Uber unless you can prove that the driver was negligent. For example, if they were using the Uber app while they were driving or were distracted by something else, there is the chance that you can bring a case against the company.
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