Uber Accident Attorneys in Reading, PA
Were you or a loved one injured in an Uber accident in Reading and now have mounting medical bills and chronic pain? At Munley Law, we work hard to bring you justice for your Reading Uber accidents and ensure that you get the compensation needed to move forward from your suffering.
Munley Law has over 60 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured in Pennsylvania and we’ve taken that knowledge to help those harmed in rideshare accidents. Further, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means you pay nothing until we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. And if we don’t win–you don’t pay.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact the Reading Uber accident lawyers of Munley Law.
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What Is Uber Ridesharing?
Founded in 2009, Uber is a platform where drivers can connect with passengers looking for a ride in their area. This includes commuting to events, work, the store, or even having food delivered right to your door.
To be an Uber driver, you must have the following conditions met:
- Meet the minimum age requirement in your city and state
- Have at least one year of licensed driving experience or 3 years if you are under 25 years old
- Hold an in-state license
- Use an eligible 4-door vehicle
- Proof of residency in your city, state, or province
- Proof of vehicle insurance
- Driver profile photo
- Pass a background and driving history check
While Uber ridesharing was designed to help alleviate congestion on roadways, offer transportation options in areas where there may be few, and minimize the number of drivers engaging in reckless behaviors behind the wheel, it is estimated that Uber and Lyft amongst other ride-sharing platforms have accounted for a two-to-three percent increase in traffic fatalities since 2011.
Who Is Liable in an Uber Accident?
Who is liable for damages in an Uber accident can depend on a variety of factors, specifically who is at fault, and what mode the driver was in during the time of the collision.
First, we’ll focus on potentially liable parties. Just like any car accident, the following parties can be held liable for your Uber accident:
- Another driver
- The Uber driver
- A car manufacturer (in the case of a mechanical failure)
- A mechanic (in the case of a mechanical failure caused by negligent maintenance)
- An employer
In the event the accident is caused by the Uber driver, you then must consider what driver mode the driver was engaged in at the time of the wreck. This will determine whose insurance will pick up the tab for the collision.
- If the driver is offline and the app is off, the driver’s personal insurance company and coverages apply.
- If the driver is available or waiting for a ride request, Uber provides third-party liability if the driver’s personal auto insurance doesn’t apply.
- If the driver is en route to pick up rides or is in the middle of a trip, Uber has $1,000,000 third-party liability; uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance; and contingent comprehensive and collision.
Common Causes of Reading Uber Accidents
Much like any car accident, Uber drivers face many of the same obstacles, if not more which can cause collisions. The following are some of the most commonly reported causes of Uber accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Driving on unfamiliar roads
- Driver fatigue
- Unsafe pickup/drop off locations
- Speeding/aggressive driving
- Mechanical failure
Common Injuries in Reading Uber Accidents
Following an Uber accident, you may suffer injuries of varying severity. The following are common injuries in Reading Uber accidents:
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and bruises
The severity of your injuries will determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
How Does a Reading Uber Accident Lawyer Win Compensation for Me?
A Reading Uber accident lawyer at Munley Law can help you secure compensation for your rideshare accident by:
- Investigating the accident. This includes gathering evidence, talking to witnesses, working with recreation specialists, and working with police to obtain information.
- Calculating the extent of your damages. To determine what compensation you are entitled to, our Uber accident attorneys will review the extent of your injuries, how much medical debt you’ve accumulated, any property damage, lost wages, and more.
- Negotiate with the insurance companies. While you focus on recovery, our team will handle communication with the insurance company to get you the best settlement.
- Represent you in court. If the insurance companies cannot reach a fair agreement, we’ll take your case to court and represent you in a trial.
What Should I Do After an Uber Accident in Reading?
Call Munley Law Uber Accident Lawyers
Following an Uber accident in Reading, be sure to:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical attention on site, or go to the hospital for evaluation.
- Report the accident with Uber.
- Get witness testimony.
- Gather evidence such as photos of damage if possible.
- Keep track of total losses including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, etc.
- Call Munley Law.
What Does a Reading Uber Accident Lawyer Do?
An Uber accident lawyer is knowledgeable in the intricacies of car accidents involving Uber drivers and other vulnerable road users. The Munley Law Reading Uber accident attorneys work diligently to ensure you get the compensation you need to recover from your accident.
We do this by:
- Collecting evidence
- Determining fault
- Communicating with the insurance companies
- Handling negotiations
- Representing you in court
If you’re looking at other law firms, know that they may not have the track record we do. Securing millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for injury victims across Pennsylvania, we don’t collect a dime from you unless we win.
Reading Uber Accident FAQs
Involved in an Uber accident in Reading and have questions? Munley Law explains what you need to know.
How Common Are Uber Crashes?
According to Uber’s 2019 to 2020 safety report, “ 0.1% of trips had a support request for a safety-related concern, and the majority of those concerns were about less-severe safety issues such as complaints about driving or a verbal argument.” The report also notes that “0.0002% of trips had a report of a critical safety incident.”
While statistically low, this still equates to hundreds of accidents each year involving an Uber driver.
How Many People Have Died in Uber Crashes?
From 2019 to 2020, 101 individual motor vehicle fatalities occurred across 91 fatal Uber-related crashes. Of those deaths:
- 32 percent involved at least one vehicle that was speeding
- 23 percent involved driving under the influence of alcohol
- 15 percent were driver’s going the wrong way
However, nearly all of these collisions were not caused by the Uber driver, but rather by a third-party driver.
How Do I Find an Uber Car Accident Lawyer?
To find an Uber car accident lawyer near you, take a look at legal resources including law directories that list local legal teams who may have experience in the area of law you need assistance with.
Then, you can begin to research specific firms. Look at their websites, read client testimonials, and check out Google My Business Reviews to see what real clients say about the team.
Next, you can schedule an initial consultation with the firm. If this is not free to you, they are not the firm for you. The free initial consultation will allow you to see if you like the legal team, and if they want to work with you.
Finally, you can hire a lawyer you think is best equipped to handle your case. Not all car accident lawyers can handle the intricacies of Uber accidents. But Munley Law is.
How Much Does an Uber Rideshare Accident Lawyer Cost?
Most personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing upfront for legal protection. Instead, you only pay a percentage of your winnings to the firm once the case has reached a settlement or verdict.
If they do not win your case, you should not pay a dime.
Most firms will also add the cost of legal resources and associated costs at the end of the case to be added to your bill. But remember, if a firm wants a check upfront, they are not the firm for you.
What Makes an Uber Car Accident Lawyer Different from Other Lawyers?
Unlike other car accidents, Uber accidents can involve multiple parties and have multiple people at fault where the question of what insurance company is responsible can become blurred. Further, if you are in an accident while riding in an Uber, versus being in a car accident where an Uber driver has hit you, can also have complications.
Depending on if the driver was on a route or was off the clock will determine if your car accident case is more traditional, or will need to involve the rideshare company.
Not all car accident lawyers like to deal with rideshare claims, but Munley Law does–and we have a track record of success with Uber and Lyft accidents.
Why Choose Munley for Your Reading Uber Accident Claim?
With hundreds of personal injury lawyers in your state, you could be feeling overwhelmed with the choice to hire an attorney to help you with your Uber accident claim. But finding an attorney should not add to your stress. Instead, look to what makes our Uber accident lawyers stand out from the competition.
- Experience. At Munley Law, we have over 60 years of experience fighting for the rights of injury victims. From car accidents to semi-truck collisions, medical malpractice, and product liability, we know that each segment of injury law comes with its nuances, and we stay above the cutting edge so we’re on the pulse of the law.
- Commitment. Our lawyers are here for you 24/7. We won’t pass you around. Instead, you can rest knowing that our legal team is just that–a team–working together to protect your best interests.
- Communication. We never leave you in the dark when it comes to your claim. It’s your case, we want you to be as involved as you want.
Munley Law Uber Rideshare Accident Lawyers Are Here for You
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident involving an Uber driver, be it as a passenger, driver, pedestrian, or other vulnerable road user, know that you have options. At Munley Law, we take our 60-plus years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured in Pennsylvania and put it to the test against Uber and its drivers who have caused harm to consumers and other people on the road.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact the Reading Uber attorneys at Munley Law. Time moves quickly and Uber and the insurance companies will want to settle quickly, especially if it means giving you less compensation. Don’t settle before meeting with us.
Call today for more information on how the Reading Uber accident lawyers of Munley Law can help.