For most people, the days of calling and waiting for a taxi are over. Transportation network companies like Uber make getting around Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County simple. All it takes is a smartphone, credit or debit card, and an account. Uber’s service is generally less expensive and more convenient than that of a conventional taxi cab company. Whether you’re an Uber passenger, another driver, a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or a pedestrian, you won’t want to be injured in an Uber accident though.
Aside from your injuries and damages, you’re likely to get caught in a tangled web of insurance companies, none of which want to step up to the plate and take responsibility. Martin Gasparian is a Santa Maria Uber accident attorney at Maison Law. You’ll want to speak with him as soon as you possibly can after being injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle.
Uber Accidents in Santa Maria
Uber drivers aren’t employees of the company. They’re technically independent contractors. Many of them drive with Uber as a second job, and understandably, many of them are tired from long days and evenings. Here are some common types of Uber accidents that its drivers are involved in:
- Speeding to reduce time with a customer and arrange for another customer.
- When looking for a specific Uber customer on a crowded street.
- Distracted driving while using a cellular or navigational device.
- Fatigued or drowsy driving.
- Drivers who are intoxicated, under the influence of drugs or both.
Common Types of Uber Accident Injuries
Of course, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are unprotected and far more vulnerable to serious injuries if they’re in an accident with an Uber car. Even the vulnerability of Uber passengers increases as they’re less likely to pay attention to what’s going on around them. Here are some common types of injuries that are suffered in Uber accidents:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Facial fractures and dental injuries.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Joint injuries.
- Damage to spinal vertebrae and discs.
- Soft tissue injuries.
Uber Insurance Policies
An accident caused by an Uber driver can involve any number of insurance policies. The policy that covers an accident is determined by what the Uber driver was doing at the time of the accident. Without the representation of a skilled and aggressive lawyer, an injury victim can get caught in the middle with no insurer taking responsibility. In the interim, an accident victim’s bills and lost time from work will continue to accrue.
Contact a Santa Maria Uber Accident Lawyer
After being injured in an Uber accident in or around Santa Maria, contact our offices as Maison Law for a free and confidential consultation and case review. We know how to compel action from insurance companies. We can talk about your accident and injuries and how you and your family have been affected. You’ll have questions too, and we are happy to answer them for you. Then, we can talk about your legal options and which one might serve you best. Contact us at Maison Law for that free consultation as soon as you can after being injured in any Uber accident in Santa Maria or Santa Barbara County.