After an Uber accident in Kansas City, you may have the right to recover compensation from a negligent rideshare driver, third party, or insurance company. The experienced Kansas City Uber accident lawyers at Brown & Crouppen can help you work toward a full financial recovery.
Since 1979, we’ve been advocating for auto accident victims and grieving families across the state of Missouri. We’ve dedicated our careers to giving our clients a voice after they’ve lost everything — and won more than $1 billion for them in the process.
Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Give our law office in Kansas City a call to discover how our top-rated personal injury attorneys can help you maximize your financial recovery. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation, so reach out to set up a time for yours today. Get started by calling (816) 670-4701 to request a free case evaluation or find out if you have a case online.
What Are the Common Causes of Uber Accidents in Kansas City?
Human error — especially an Uber driver’s — is the leading cause of ride-hailing service accidents in Kansas City, including:
- Texting and driving
- Other distractions, including checking GPS, looking for passengers outside of the vehicle while driving, and conversing with passengers in the car
- Drunk driving or impaired driving
- Fatigued driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Road rage
- Unsafe turns
- Stopping or standing to drop off passengers while blocking traffic
- Failing to look for pedestrians or bicyclists at intersections
- Vehicle malfunction
Of course, drivers aren’t the only people who can be responsible for causing an Uber accident in Kansas City.
Understanding Liability in Uber Accident Cases
Uber accident injury cases can be complicated. One particularly contentious point involves liability. Often, there are several parties involved in an injury claim for damages. When an Uber driver shares responsibility for a crash, liability — and financial responsibility for your damages — will ultimately depend on the driver’s status at the time of the wreck.
Uber Driver Off Duty
An Uber driver is considered “off duty” when they’re not logged into their Uber app. When a crash involves an off-duty Uber driver, it’s treated as a standard car accident injury case. Victims would file a claim for benefits with the Uber driver’s personal insurance company or take legal action against the driver or their insurance carrier.
Uber Driver Waiting for a Ride Request
Once an Uber driver logs into their app and is available to drive passengers for the service, Uber’s limited insurance policy kicks in.
The policy includes up to:
- $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage
- $25,000 per accident in property damage coverage
This doesn’t mean that you’ll sue Uber after your accident. Rather, you could file a claim against their policy to recover compensation for your injuries.
Uber Driver Actively Engaged in a Trip
The moment an Uber driver accepts a ride request, Uber’s $1 million insurance policy becomes effective.
The insurance policy includes:
- $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage
- Uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injury
- Comprehensive and collision coverage (worth up to the cash value of the vehicle with a $2,500 deductible)
This coverage is effective from the moment a ride request is accepted until it is formally marked as “completed” in the Uber app.
Can I Sue Uber After an Accident?
Typically, no. Uber has worked hard to make sure that its drivers are licensed as contractors, not employees. Why is this important? It allows Uber to avoid liability if a driver is negligent and causes an accident.
Just because you may not have a lawsuit against Uber doesn’t mean that a third-party claim or lawsuit isn’t possible. Under Missouri state law, you recover compensation from anyone who plays a role in causing your Uber car accident.
Potentially liable parties could include:
- Third-party motorists, including truck drivers, motorcyclists, and drivers of other passenger vehicles
- Trucking companies
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Property owners
- Government agencies
Our experienced Kansas City car accident attorneys will carefully investigate your case to determine why it happened and who’s at fault. Once liability is established, we will aggressively pursue damages from anyone who caused you to get hurt.
Damages Available to Uber Accident Victims in Kansas City
If you’re injured in an Uber accident in Kansas City, you may have the right to recover compensation for your financial losses and your pain and suffering. These are known as economic damages and non-economic damages, respectively.
Examples of these compensatory damages can include:
- Lost wages and income
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Property damage
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Reduced quality of life
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Emotional distress
- Chronic physical pain
- Wrongful death
Don’t underestimate what your case is worth — and don’t let an insurance company push you into accepting an offer for less than you deserve. Contact Brown & Crouppen and get our award-winning litigators to fight for you.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer After an Uber Accident?
When an Uber is involved in a traffic accident, things can get complicated. It can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. Liability will undoubtedly be contested. Some parties might even try to blame you. Plus, you’ll be facing off against powerful insurance companies that will be represented by experienced attorneys and insurance adjusters.
Hiring a lawyer allows you to level the playing field and set yourself up for a much-needed win.
At Brown & Crouppen, we’re nationally recognized and have received countless awards for our commitment to our clients and the results we’ve achieved. When you hire our law firm, you put Uber’s insurance company and at-fault parties on notice: You mean business and won’t settle until you get the money you deserve.
You’ll also have the opportunity to recover while our legal team handles every aspect of your case. As part of our comprehensive legal strategy, we will:
- Investigate the collision to determine what caused it, how it could have been avoided, and who’s at fault
- Gather physical evidence from the scene, accident reports, video footage, photographs, witness statements, expert testimony, and other information that can support your claim for damages
- Prepare and submit insurance claims and/or a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf
- Negotiate with other parties in an effort to secure a quick and favorable settlement
- Prepare your case as if it’s going to trial in the event you’re not offered a fair deal
We understand the toll that an injury can take on your life and your finances. It can be difficult to stay on top of your regular expenses, not to mention mounting medical bills, after an unexpected crash. That’s why our attorneys work on contingency. You don’t pay for our legal assistance unless we win your case. There’s no risk involved, so please don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about how we can help today.
Contact Our Trusted Injury Attorneys at Brown & Crouppen
If you have suffered broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, burns, or another catastrophic injury in an Uber accident in Kansas City, contact Brown & Crouppen today. Our top-rated Kansas City Uber accident lawyers are ready to help you fight to make things right. We are ready to help with any type of car accident including rear-end collision, left-hand turn, or DUI.
You’ll have a limited time to file a lawsuit, so don’t put off the conversation. We offer a free consultation so schedule yours now. Our team is always standing by to offer guidance.