Fresno Uber Accident Lawyer

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Robert May

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Fresno Uber Accident Attorney

 
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More than ever, technology adds convenience to our lives. Today, not only can we get groceries delivered to our house without ever getting off our couch, we no longer even need to own a car to get around. With a simple tap on a screen, we can summon an Uber ride in minutes to take us wherever we need to go.

Unfortunately, even the most convenient technological advances create their share of problems. Fresno residents, workers, and visitors, who ride Uber cars, or share the road with them, must contend with the ever-present risk of accidents and injuries.

If you sustained injuries in a Fresno Uber accident, then you deserve full and fair compensation. At The May Firm, we know how to secure compensation for Uber accident victims. Contact our Fresno uber accident lawyers today for a free consultation to learn about your rights.

About The May Firm

The National Top 40 The May Firm goes the extra mile to get our clients the compensation they need following an accident or injury. We know how difficult life can feel for our clients in the aftermath of an injury, and we devote the full measure of our compassion, diligence, and resources to helping them rebuild.

Over our years of law practice, we have secured millions of dollars in settlements, and jury verdicts for our clients injured in UBER accidents. We cannot guarantee a specific result in the cases we take, but we can point to a sterling track record of success that gives our clients confidence that we know what it takes to secure full and fair compensation for their Uber accident injuries.

Fresno Uber Accident Victims We Represent

An accident in Fresno involving an Uber car can cause injuries in numerous ways.

At The May Firm, our team has the know-how and experience to represent clients who suffer accident-related injuries:

  • As Uber ride passengers;
  • As Uber drivers;
  • As drivers or passengers in vehicles that collide with an Uber car; and
  • As pedestrians, cyclists, or other bystanders whom an Uber car strikes.

Of course, every Uber accident in Fresno has unique circumstances, so no matter how a victim suffers an injury in connection with an Uber car-related crash, we invite them to speak with our team to learn about their potential rights and options.

Common Injuries Resulting From Fresno Uber Accidents

An Uber accident in Fresno, like any motor vehicle-related accident, can inflict serious and even fatal injuries on its victims.

At The May Firm, we have years of experience helping our clients confront the challenges associated with the gamut of potentially life-altering car accident injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Neck and shoulder soft tissue injuries;
  • Back injuries, including damage to vertebrae and disks;
  • Injuries to internal organs;
  • Crushed or amputated limbs;
  • Bone fractures and orthopedic injuries;
  • Lacerations and abrasions; and
  • Burns.

This is only a partial list, of course. Uber accidents frequently involve violent collisions that cause all manner of severe harm to vehicle drivers, passengers, and others. No matter what kind of injury a Fresno Uber accident causes to one of our clients, the team at The May Firm has the resources and know-how to evaluate the harm done and calculate the damages our client deserves to receive as compensation.

Seeking Compensation for Fresno Uber Accidents

Victims of Uber accidents in Fresno frequently have significant rights to receive compensation for their injuries and losses. With the help of a skilled Uber accident injury lawyer, like a member of The May Firm, victims can take legal action to secure that compensation from parties who have an obligation to answer for the accident under California law.

Legal Liability for Fresno Uber Accidents

Like any car accident, an Uber accident in Fresno can have numerous causes, many of which involve some sort of human error. Under California law, anyone whose unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions cause an Uber accident in Fresno, or who must answer for those decisions or actions, can face legal liability to victims for damages.

The skilled car accident lawyers at The May Firm work diligently to identify parties who may have a legal liability to their clients for Fresno Uber accident-related injuries.

Every Uber accident case we handle differs, but parties with legal liability to our clients may include:

  • The Uber driver, for making a mistake behind the wheel that caused an accident;
  • The driver of another vehicle that collides with an Uber car, if that driver’s conduct led to the crash;
  • Passengers in either vehicle, if their actions contributed to the cause of a crash;
  • Manufacturers of any of the vehicles that crashed, if vehicle defects played a role in triggering the accident; and
  • Government entities responsible for building and maintaining safe roads, if they failed to fix or warn the public about unreasonably dangerous road conditions that made them hazardous for Uber cars or other vehicles.

This is not a complete list. As we said, every case presents its own unique set of facts for the lawyers at The May Firm to pick apart in search of the party or parties who may owe damages to our clients. Contact us today to begin exploring who may owe you compensation for your Fresno Uber accident injuries.

Damages for Fresno Uber Accidents

By taking legal action in Fresno-area courts, victims of Uber car accidents may have the ability to secure compensation for their injuries and losses. Damages available to victims vary from case-to-case, but can include:

Economic damages, which consist of out-of-pocket expenses related to the Uber accident and the injuries it causes, including:

  • Medical expenses including past, current, and future medical bills (such as doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medications, surgeries, and rehabilitative therapy)
  • Past and current lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Personal property damages
  • At-home nursing care costs
  • Replacement service costs (such as for child care services)
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages compensate Fresno Uber accident victims for all other types of harm they suffer because of the accident and their injuries, such as:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of consortium or companionship
  • Loss of use of a limb
  • Diminished enjoyment of life and activities
  • Disfigurement and scarring

In some cases, victims of Uber accidents in Fresno may also have the ability to seek an award of punitive damages, which aim to punish the defendant for egregious actions that caused an accident and to deter those actions in the future.

At The May Firm, our work for clients who suffered injuries in Fresno Uber accidents typically includes conducting a detailed calculation of the various damages they have a right to seek as damages. When we take legal action, we pursue the maximum compensation our clients deserve for the harm done to them.

The Important Role of Uber’s Supplemental Accident Liability Insurance in Fresno Uber Accident Injury Cases

Top 40 under 40 In many ways, legal claims arising out of Uber accidents in Fresno resemble legal claims stemming from any other motor vehicle accident. However, Uber accident cases can also differ from run-of-the-mill accident claims in one crucial respect: insurance.

Under California law, Uber and its fellow rideshare companies must supply their drivers with supplemental liability insurance coverage. This insurance provides some victims of accidents involving Uber cars with far higher levels of financial protection than they would have if an accident did not involve an Uber car.

The supplemental liability coverage provided by Uber to its drivers only takes effect, however, during specific times when a driver engages in Uber-related activities:

While Logged-in and Available to Transport a Passenger

When an Uber driver has made his vehicle available to riders on the Uber app, but has not yet paired with a passenger, Uber provides supplemental accident liability insurance for its drivers consisting of:

  • $50,000 for bodily injury per individual;
  • $100,000 for bodily injury per crash; and
  • $25,000 for property damages per accident.

From Ride Acceptance to Completion of Ride or Transaction

During any period when an Uber driver is en route to pick up a rider, driving a passenger to a destination, or otherwise engaged in the rider’s transaction, Uber maintains supplemental accident liability insurance coverage for its drivers consisting of:

  • $1 Million for third-party liability;
  • Underinsured or uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage; and
  • Contingent collision and comprehensive coverage (up to the actual value of the car with a $1,000 deductible).

All Other Times

At all other times, Uber does not supply supplemental insurance for its drivers, and only the drivers’ own personal auto liability insurance covers damages caused by an accident.

Under California insurance law, the minimum accident liability insurance a driver must carry is:

  • $15,000 for bodily injury or death coverage per individual that is harmed in an accident;
  • $30,000 for bodily injury or death coverage to more than one person per accident; and
  • $5,000 for property damage per accident.

As the categories above reflect, in any Fresno Uber accident case, knowing the status of the Uber driver at the time of the accident becomes tremendously important. The experienced Uber accident injury lawyers at The May Firm can take steps to locate, secure, and evaluate evidence relevant to determining that status, to ensure that their clients benefit from the maximum insurance coverage available for their injuries and losses.

How We Help Fresno Uber Accident Victims Secure the Compensation They Deserve

The May Firm focuses its law practice exclusively on representing victims of personal injuries, including Fresno Uber accidents. Our mission is to secure full and fair compensation for our clients when they suffer harm because of someone else’s poor decisions or dangerous actions.

We tailor every legal strategy and action we take in Uber accident cases to serve our individual client’s unique personal priorities and needs.

Some of the services we may provide for a client injured in a Fresno Uber accident may include:

  • Investigating the Uber accident to determine its cause(s);
  • Taking quick action to secure critical evidence of the Uber driver’s status on the Uber app at the moment of the accident;
  • Calculating the full range of damages our clients need to compensate them for their injuries and to pay for their current and future medical care;
  • Identifying all parties who may owe damages to our client under California law;
  • Preparing and filing insurance claims and lawsuits demanding compensation for our clients;
  • Representing our clients in Fresno court proceedings;
  • Negotiating settlements, when possible, with the parties at-fault and their insurance carriers; and
  • Collecting compensation due to our clients through a settlement, judgment, or jury award.

Our firm boasts an impressive, 99 percent success rate in the cases we handle. That’s not a guarantee of favorable outcomes in future Fresno Uber accident cases, but it does give our clients the confidence of knowing they have a winning team on their side fighting to get them the money they deserve.

Skilled Lawyers for Fresno Uber Accident Victims

No one who hails an Uber in Fresno expects the ride to end in disaster. Accidents involving Ubers catch us off-guard and can send us reeling from physical, emotional, and financial pain.

Fresno victims of Uber accidents deserve skilled, determined, experienced lawyers fighting on their behalf for full and fair compensation—lawyers like the team at The May Firm. We are the go-to trial lawyers for injury victims in Fresno, and have the knowledge and resources to secure money for clients in even the most complicated Uber accident cases.

Contact us or dial (559) 385-2090 for a free consultation to learn about your rights after an Uber accident in Fresno disrupts your life.

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We take pride in working hard for each of our valued clients and will help you recover from your injuries and losses, including lost wages, mental anguish, future earning potential, disability or continued health care needs and lost or damaged property.

Our Fresno injury lawyers stay well-informed and up-to-date on all applicable legal changes, so you can be confident that you will always receive relevant, current legal advice.

If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fresno Uber Accident Cases

Victims of Fresno Uber accidents often have questions about their legal and financial rights. The May Firm offers them a free consultation with a member of our team who can help answer those questions. We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from Uber accident victims below.

Yes and no.

Yes, in the sense that in California, any victim of a motor vehicle accident usually has legal rights to seek compensation from at-fault parties (and those parties’ insurance carriers). So, no matter whether the vehicle that crashed and injured you was a taxi or an Uber, chances are you can seek payment for the harm you suffered with the help of an experienced lawyer.

No, in the sense that the options available to you for seeking compensation may differ after a Fresno Uber accident as compared to a taxi accident.

As we described above, an Uber accident may trigger coverage under the state-law-mandated supplemental accident liability insurance that Uber provides to its drivers. Whether that insurance applies depends on the driver’s status on the Uber app at the time of the crash, which makes determining that status critically important in Uber-related cases.

In contrast, the Fresno city ordinance, not state law, dictates the insurance requirements for taxicabs.

Victims of accidents involving taxis in Fresno may have the right to seek compensation from taxi insurance that must, at a minimum, consist of:

  • $100,000.00 for injury to or death of any one person in any one accident;
  • $300,000.00 for injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident; and
  • $100,000.00 for property damage in any one accident.

Speak with the team at The May Firm today for help sorting through your options after a Fresno Uber or taxi accident.

Less than you might think, which is why you should seek legal help right away.

A state law called the statute of limitations sets a two-year time limit on taking legal action for injuries you suffered in most cases, subject to some potentially complicated exceptions that can lengthen or shorten that period. If you fail to take action within the required window of time, then you can be barred from collecting compensation for your Fresno Uber accident-related injuries altogether.

That statute of limitations is an all-or-nothing law. Either you take action within the window of opportunity, or you are out of luck for good. Given the relatively short time frame, and the high cost of missing it, Fresno Uber accident victims should seek legal help from an experienced team like The May Firm right away.

Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible represents the single most reliable step you can take to preserve your rights. It also increases the chances of a lawyer being able to secure critical evidence in your case, such as the data reflecting the Uber driver’s status on the Uber app at the time of the accident.

Unfortunately, no attorney can tell you exactly how much money you can reasonably expect to receive following a Fresno Uber accident, without knowing the precise details of your case.

The amount of compensation potentially available to pay for your Fresno Uber accident-related injuries and losses typically depends on factors like:

  • The severity of your injuries. Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries, the greater their impact on your life, and the higher the medical and other expenses they cause.
  • The strength of the evidence. An Uber accident injury claim supported by clear, detailed, reliable evidence will tend to have a higher value than one with thin, unconvincing, or unreliable evidence.
  • The funds available. A case with multiple at-fault parties who all carry high-value insurance policies usually has a higher chance of netting you full payment than one in with only one at-fault party who carries little or no insurance.
  • The skill of your attorney. An attorney who understands the nuances and legal challenges of Uber accident cases, and has the know-how and resources to fight for your rights, stands a better chance of achieving a top-dollar outcome for you than one who does not.

To get an initial idea of the potential value of your Fresno Uber accident case, contact the team at The May Firm today for a free case consultation.

That’s never a good idea. Even if they offer the policy limits, have an attorney review the offer.

Liability insurance companies sometimes reach out to accident victims directly to propose a settlement. It seems like easy money. Unfortunately, taking it can cost victims dearly.

Before accepting any offer from a liability insurance company to settle your Fresno Uber accident claim, you should be sure that the amount offered represents full, reasonable compensation for your current and future expenses and difficulties. Why? Because settlements are a one-shot deal. To get your money, the insurance company will require you to sign a release of your rights to sue their policyholder for damages.

In other words, if you take settlement money now, and later discover the amount you agreed to receive fell short of the amount you needed to pay your bills, then you are out of luck. You cannot go back and get more money from the insurance company once you have agreed to settle.

Most victims of Uber accidents do not know how to calculate the amount of money that represents full and fair payment for their claims. Insurance companies count on this, and make them lowball offers, hoping they will take the money without realizing they’ve been shortchanged.

Don’t make that mistake. Leave negotiation of any settlement of your Fresno Uber accident claim to an experienced attorney who knows how to calculate your

Probably not. In fact, claims against Uber itself for accident-related injuries are few and far between, for now.

Most victims of Uber accidents in Fresno have legal claims against Uber drivers, motorists, and other parties whose poor decisions or dangerous actions caused the crash. Uber, the company, rarely falls into that category.

That might change if the law starts treating Uber drivers as employees of the company, which could make the company directly liable for harm caused by its drivers’ mistakes behind the wheel. Though that hot button issue remains in flux, for many Uber accident victims it makes little difference to the outcome of their case so long as they can pursue compensation from the supplemental accident liability insurance Uber provides for its drivers.

At The May Firm, we keep a close eye on the evolution of the rideshare industry to make sure that our clients identify and pursue every available source of compensation for their Uber accident-related injuries and losses.

To be safe, we encourage you to contact our experienced Uber accident injury attorneys for advice before agreeing to an interview with any insurance company. You’re better off letting us handle all of those communications.

Insurance plays a significant role in compensating you for injuries you sustained in a Fresno Uber accident.

  • You may carry insurance that covers you against the costs of some of your injuries, such as health insurance, or the long-term disability insurance or optional no-fault MedPay included in your auto insurance policy.
  • The Uber driver and other motorists in the accident carry auto accident liability insurance that may cover your injuries and losses; and
  • As discussed above, Uber provides its drivers with supplemental accident liability insurance that could give you extra financial protection depending on the driver’s status on the Uber app at the time of the crash.

Adjusters from any of these insurance companies might want to talk to you about what happened. That’s normal. Their companies may have a financial obligation to you, and they’re not in the business of writing checks without first confirming the validity of claims.

Still, it helps to exercise caution. Insurance companies—even your own—constantly look for ways to avoid paying benefits. In asking you to speak with them about the Fresno Uber accident case that injured you, they are hoping for an opportunity to find reasons not to pay you the money you deserve.

The terms of your own insurance policies, to the extent they cover your injuries, may require you to speak with an adjuster. If that’s the case, then avoid saying anything that the adjuster could interpret as you accepting some responsibility for the crash. Stick only to the facts. Do not speculate about what you could have done differently to avoid the accident. Do not give your opinion about who was at fault. Keep it simple and straightforward.

For now, you probably do not have any obligation to speak with an adjuster from anyone else’s insurance company, and it probably does not serve your interests to agree to an interview. No matter how friendly an adjuster seems, any conversation will likely put your rights at risk. So, instead of talking, politely refer the adjuster to your Uber accident lawyer.

The May Firm routinely advises its clients on these and other insurance-related issues that arise after a Fresno Uber accident. Contact us today to learn more.

It costs you nothing to talk to our experienced Uber accident lawyers about your case for the first time. If you and our lawyers agree to work together after that free initial consultation, then we will go to work for you on a contingent fee basis. That’s when the lawyer’s only fee consists of a percentage of the money the lawyer secures on your behalf. In other words, the lawyer only gets paid if you get paid.

By working for contingent fees, Uber accident lawyers like the team at The May Firm make their services available to all clients who need them, not just to those who have the money to spend on a lawyer up-front. We know how an injury in an Uber accident can strain our clients’ finances, and we want to make sure we do not add to the burden.

Never let worries about the cost of an attorney keep you from speaking with a skilled attorney about your Fresno Uber accident. A conversation with an experienced Uber accident injury attorney from The May Firm will cost you nothing, and could pay you significant dividends in the long-run.

Yes.

First, make sure you seek appropriate medical care for your injuries, and that you follow your doctor’s orders. Do everything you can to get better. Take your medicine. Attend your physical therapy sessions and follow-up appointments. Do not overexert yourself or try to return to work or school too soon.

We urge you to focus on your medical care, first-and-foremost, because we want you as healthy as you can be, for your own sake, and so that you stay in the best possible frame of mind to make important decisions your lawyer might bring to you about your case.

We also urge you to put medical care first because in providing you care, doctors will create medical records which document your injuries and progress, and which can constitute important evidence in a claim for damages.

Finally, we want you to put your medical care first because it protects you against insurance adjusters and defense attorneys trying to undermine your claim by arguing that you failed to take care of yourself.

Second, once you have your medical care in-hand, consult with an experienced Fresno Uber accident injury lawyer. The sooner you meet with an attorney, the better, because it protects your rights and gives the lawyer the best chance of finding and safeguarding critical evidence.

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