Boston Uber Accident Attorney
Fighting for you when you’re injured in a rideshare crash in Massachusetts
When Uber drivers are negligent and cause accidents resulting in injuries, passengers have the right to seek compensation from the company and the driver. Other involved drivers, pedestrians and cyclists may also seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston Uber accident lawyers fight for injury victims in Massachusetts. That means we take care of you and your case from start to finish; all you have to do is focus on your recovery. We’ll handle everything else.
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Common questions from injury clients
- What should I do after a Boston Uber accident?
- What types of damages can I claim for my injuries in Massachusetts?
- Who pays my bills after a Boston Uber accident?
- How can a Boston Uber accident attorney from Breakstone, White & Gluck help?
- How does Uber work?
- What are Uber’s insurance policies?
- What are typical injuries from a Boston Uber accident?
- Do you have an Uber accident attorney near me?
Here are the steps you should take after an Uber accident:
- Check for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you are not sure if you are injured, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor. This will help to document your injuries and make it easier to file a claim later on if you have suffered injuries
- Call the police. The police will investigate the accident and create a report.
- Consult with a Boston attorney. An experienced attorney from Breakstone, White & Gluck can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in negotiations or in court.
If you have been injured in an Uber accident, you can seek compensation from both the company and the negligent Uber driver. Passengers, other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can all seek compensation for their injuries. This compensation can include:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, in some cases
Note: The statute of limitations on car accidents in Boston and Massachusetts is generally three years. The sooner you give us a call, the sooner we can help you.
The party who pays your bills after an Uber accident will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. Here are a few common scenarios:
- If the Uber driver hits a pedestrian: Uber's insurance will typically pay for the pedestrian’s bills up to a limit. This is because Uber is responsible for the actions of its drivers while they are logged into the app and actively working.
- If you are a passenger in an Uber whose driver is at fault: Uber’s insurance will typically pay for your bills, to a limit. You may also file a claim for your pain and suffering, lost earnings and other damages in addition to the claim for your medical bills.
- If both drivers were at fault. In some cases, both drivers may be at fault for the accident. In this case, each driver's insurance company may be responsible for paying for a portion of your overall damages.
After an Uber accident, it’s crucial to speak to an experienced attorney to find out your legal rights and options, as well as seek compensation for your injuries.
With our attorneys on your side, you don’t have to worry about how your bills will be paid or who is ultimately responsible for your accident – we do all the work for you. We will negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you secure full compensation for your accident and injuries. And, in the event that the insurance companies refuse to cooperate, we prepare your case for trial and advocate for you every step of the way.
We treat all our clients as if they’re our only clients. We will launch an investigation into your accident, including reviewing the police report, analyzing your medical records, and gathering evidence. You can count on us.
Uber is a company that allows users to request a ride by using an app on their smartphone. This app pairs the user with the nearest willing Uber driver to provide quick and efficient service. The company has expanded rapidly, especially in large cities like Boston where residents, tourists, and business professionals have become frustrated with the inefficiencies of mass transit and taxi services.
Before Massachusetts passed its 2016 ride sharing bill – An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies – one of the biggest issues with Uber was how it contracts with their drivers. Uber does not hire drivers as employees. Instead, it engages with them as independent contractors. By doing so, the company limited its responsibility, called vicarious liability, for any injuries resulting from accidents caused by Uber drivers.
Massachusetts took an important step for consumers in passing the ride sharing law. The state has long allowed taxicabs to only carry $20,000 in liability insurance coverage, which is inadequate to cover the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering in many injury cases. But with the passage of the bill, Massachusetts passengers can be assured of much greater insurance coverage from ride-sharing companies.
If you have been injured in an Uber, it is critical to retain an experienced Boston car accident lawyer. Uber is not based in Massachusetts and the only way to report an Uber accident to the company is through their app or through an online form (which we do not recommend). Retaining an Uber accident attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of your claim.
Under the Massachusetts ridesharing law, Uber drivers must inform their auto insurer that they intend to use their vehicle for ridesharing purposes. They must carry at least $50,000 of coverage per individual for bodily injury, $100,000 of total coverage for bodily injury, $30,000 of coverage for property damage, uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection. When an Uber driver is engaged in a pre-arranged ride, they must have at least $1 million in automobile liability insurance, and Uber must pay for the gap in insurance. Uber’s insurance policies are similar to Lyft’s, and kick in according to the driver’s active status on the app. If the:
- App is off, and the driver is not working and has an accident on their own time, their personal car insurance policy is responsible.
- App is on and the driver is waiting for a ride request, their personal car insurance is still responsible. However, if it does not cover your medical expenses, Uber’s third-party liability insurance covers:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
- App is on and driver is on a trip or en route to one, Uber’s insurance is active and covers:
- $1,000,000 third party liability
- UM/UIM bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
Our Massachusetts attorneys determine which insurance applies when and work to ensure you secure the proper and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Depending on the circumstances and nature of the crash, an accident involving an Uber can cause serious and even life-altering injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue damage and whiplash
- Burn injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Lacerations and scarring
In the event an Uber accident takes the life of a loved one, our Boston attorneys can file a wrongful death action on the family’s behalf.
Breakstone, White & Gluck has an office in Boston at 2 Center Plaza #530 in Government Center, within walking distance of the John Adams Courthouse and Suffolk County Superior Court. There’s a parking garage in the building. The MBTA Green Line and Blue Line are right across the street at the Government Center T station, and there’s a bus stop almost right in front of our office. If you are unable to travel because of your injuries, we can arrange a phone or video conference, or a hospital visit.
Experienced Boston Uber accident lawyers helping victims throughout Massachusetts
Uber accidents involve complex legal issues and can create serious headaches for injured victims. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston attorneys have the experience and skills to thoroughly investigate complex car accident cases and obtain the best results for our clients. We are never intimidated by the large corporations and insurance companies that don’t have your best interests in mind. To find out how we can help you with your claim, call our Massachusetts offices or use our contact form to set up a free consultation today.