Rideshare companies like Uber give people more transportation options. It often is a convenient way to get around the city and not have to worry about driving or parking. It’s also a safe option for those who want to go out and not depend on a designated driver, and it potentially reduces someone’s chances of deciding to drink and drive. However, Uber drivers can cause accidents that cause injuries and damages. It’s important to know that whenever an accident happens that isn’t your fault, you can seek legal options. The Vancouver Uber accident lawyers from Wishart Brain & Spine Law are here for you.
You may be confused about how your claim will be affected because it involves a rideshare company. Our lawyers are prepared to take on the complexities surrounding your case and will help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Does Canada Require from Uber Drivers?
It may help to know what is expected of those who work for Uber. In Canada, Uber drivers need to meet certain requirements and provide documentation in order to work for the rideshare service. Drivers must be the minimum age requirement, usually determined by the city, and they must be legally allowed to drive in Canada.
Then, Uber needs documents like the registration and insurance for your car, if you plan on using it for Uber. You must also provide valid documentation to drive in Canada, prove your residency, and present a driver photo that’s centered with the subject facing forward. The head, face, and tops of shoulders need to be pictures, and the subject may not be wearing sunglasses. It also can’t be a driver’s license photo or printed photograph. Then, drivers undergo a screening where Uber takes the driving record and criminal history into account.
While Uber may try to hire the safest drivers, this doesn’t mean that all accidents will be prevented. Innocent people are still hurt through negligent rideshare accidents. You may want to look more into the types of accidents that can occur with an Uber driver.
What Kind of Accidents Can Occur with an Uber?
There are many kinds of different scenarios that can occur in an Uber accident. Depending on which one you’re involved in, the situation involving insurance may change. Giving your Vancouver lawyer an accurate account of what happened and how you were involved in the accident can be crucial for your claim and will inform us of how to proceed with your case.
The first type of accident that comes to mind is your Uber driver causing a crash while you’re a passenger. This could happen if your Uber driver is distracted—like by texting while driving, speeding, or engaging in another form of unsafe driving. There could also be a situation where you’re involved in an accident while you’re an Uber passenger, but the driver isn’t at fault. The other party that caused the collision would be held liable. Another way that a wreck may occur is if you’re driving a vehicle and an Uber car hits yours. There’s also a chance that you’re not in a motor vehicle at all—you could be a cyclist or pedestrian—and a collision could occur.
With all these varying situations, you may be wondering where this leaves you with your claim. But you can count on the Uber accident lawyers from Wishart Brain & Spine Law. We’ll look into the specifics or your accident and do everything we can to find the guilty party and hold them accountable for their negligent actions and the damages they caused you.
What Makes Insurance So Complex?
When an accident occurs with a rideshare vehicle, it’s important to know the rideshare process because different types of insurance apply to the various stages of the ride.
When a passenger is actively using the Uber ride and the trip is ongoing, there is insurance that covers it. This type of insurance kicks in from the user accepting the ride to the point where they’ve reached their destination and have concluded the trip.
Uber drivers can also be between trips, meaning they’re active and the Uber app is on, but they’re not currently transporting someone or on their way to pick up a user who has accepted a ride. But that doesn’t mean that an Uber driver without a passenger isn’t liable for their actions. There is also insurance that covers these moments as well.
Uber drivers aren’t always driving as rideshare workers. Sometimes, they are just operating the vehicle that they use for Uber, but the app isn’t turned on and they aren’t on the clock.
You’ll need a dependable Vancouver Uber accident lawyer at your side to make sure that you are getting the compensation you’re owed. We’ll go through the details of your case and find out which situation applies to you.
Wishart Brain & Spine Law Can Represent You
We understand how traumatic a car wreck can be. But we also know that getting a fair settlement can be a great relief that helps you afford what the accident has cost you. Don’t wait another minute—contact us today so we can get started on your claim and lift this burden from your shoulders.