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UBER ACCIDENTS IN CHICAGO
Since its inception in 2009 in San Francisco, Uber has expanded worldwide, and now serves more than 500 cities. UberXL services are more limited, but they allow for extra passengers and luggage for travelers who are unable to pack light.
The system is simple. A passenger or group of passengers in need of rides download an Uber app, which then sets them up with any Uber drivers in their area. They then can book a ride via the app, which then sends information about the car and driver. UberXL enables passengers to fit more luggage and bring more friends along in the ride.
But given the high volume of traffic in Chicago, which increases the likelihood of an auto accident, it raises the question, “Who will pay for my injuries if I am injured while riding in an UberXL?”
While UberXL drivers in Chicago are required to carry insurance in compliance with state and city laws, there is a chance your driver might be underinsured, with coverage that won’t adequately compensate you in case of severe injuries in the event of a car crash. If you got into a car accident while riding UberXL or were hit by a UberXL driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
UBER ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Uber is able to charge less because they are operating under looser regulations than taxi drivers. Eventually, however, in the same way regulations were put in place to protect taxi passengers, UberXL and other ride-sharing services may eventually face the same regulations if safety becomes a concern.
Earlier this year, weather triggered a 35-car pile-up on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway, leaving seven people seriously injured and numerous vehicles including two Ubers seriously damaged.
The accident was attributed to lake effect snow and ice as well as low visibility due to blowing winds coming off of Lake Michigan.
CAUSES OF UBER ACCIDENTS
In an urban area such as Chicago, Uber drivers are often fighting for passengers, especially in busy areas such as Wrigley Field, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Chicago Museum of Art and other areas where traffic could be heavy. Dense traffic and lots of pedestrians and hazards can make driving dangerous if a driver fails to stay focused or is tired.
UberXL drivers usually use a dashboard-mounted phone with an app that shows those drivers where potential passengers are located, sometimes with a ping or also with a pop-up alert that announces that a potential fare is nearby.
Both methods of messaging can be distracting, and drivers could create an unsafe driving situation if they use the app while on the road in order to reach the fare before another driver.
In the event of an injury, having the right Chicago Uber accident lawyer – one with experience in handling ride-sharing cases and a deep understanding of the laws governing insurance regulations – will help determine whether Uber’s insurance or your driver’s insurance (which usually rejects claims if a car is being used for work) will be held responsible for covering your claim.
A good Chicago Uber accident lawyer will also help ensure that you secure a fair settlement that will cover any and all expenses related to your injuries.
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Betsy M.July 14th, 2017
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Avvo ClientApril 13, 2017
If you want a lawyer with compassion, a conscience, and a strong base of knowledge and experience, David’s your guy. I found myself seriously injured while traveling alone. He treated me with respect, patience, and genuine honesty even when I couldn’t really advocate for myself or think straight due to medications (this is where his patience came in). While it turned out that there wasn’t much any attorney could have done for me, he certainly exhausted every option, and I have no doubt he would have fought well for me had a trial occurred. The only drawback to having hired Mr. Schwaner is that I can no longer tell all those awful lawyer jokes. He ruined them all for me. But that’s a price I’m happy to have paid.
Karen D.January 8th, 2018
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Helen W.January 5th, 2018
I am truely grateful to David who dealt with the insurance companies on our behalf. We had our own injury to handle and luckily we were able to come in contact with David. He gave us assurance that he would take care of everything. He was very adamant on keeping us informed of the status of the case throughout the process. I hope that I never have to deal with a situation like this again in the future, but if I do I know I can trust David to relieve our worries and be there for us.
Sal W.August 31, 2017
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