Requesting an Uber is one of the most convenient ways to get from point A to point B. You do not even have to call to arrange the ride. With a few quick clicks in the app, your driver is on their way. It is easy to see why the popularity of rideshare apps has exploded over the last 10 years or so. 

Unfortunately, any time you get on the road, you run the risk of being in an accident. If you are in an Uber when that accident occurs, receiving the compensation you are entitled to may prove more difficult than anticipated. You may be wondering about the average settlement amounts for Uber accidents. The truth is, there is no “average amount,” but there are a number of factors to consider when trying to assess what your case is worth. 

What Factors Impact the Average Payout for an Uber Settlement?

Uber has approximately one million drivers in the United States and provides transportation for approximately 7.6 billion trips annually across the globe. That’s a lot of rides in a lot of different vehicles and driving conditions. No two accidents are alike, so there is no way to calculate average settlement amounts for Uber accidents accurately. Any average would likely be very misleading because the specifics of your case have far more to do with your settlement amount than any purported average. 

So, let’s look at some factors that can impact the value of your claim.

Insurance Coverage Available

New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means your own insurance would typically cover the damage if you were driving a car that got into a crash. But when you are a passenger, this may change things. The Uber driver should have their own personal injury protection insurance that may come into play. But what if that is not enough to cover your claim? Uber has insurance coverage of $1,000,000 per accident that can be used to cover your injuries. But whether or not Uber’s insurance is implicated depends on the status of the driver and whether or not they were actively using the Uber app at the time of the crash. Chances are, if you were a passenger, the paid ride was in progress, and that implicates Uber’s insurance.

Who Caused the Accident

Even though New Jersey is an at-fault state, it is important to determine who was responsible for the Uber accident. It may not be the fault of the Uber driver. Determining who caused the accident will help ensure that you are able to legally recover the funds you need. If the Uber driver was not at fault, your claim may need to be placed with the other driver’s insurance. 

Expenses Related to Your Injuries

If you have sustained a serious injury, you may be facing costly medical expenses. You might also have to foot the bill for ongoing treatment and care while dealing with lost wages from missed work. But if someone else caused the crash, you should not be stuck with the current and future medical costs. All of the actual expenses related to your accident are considered economic damages. The more serious and costly your injury, the higher the amount of compensation you could receive. 

Mental, Physical, and Emotional Harm

Injuries and traumatic experiences can have lifelong implications that do not involve a bill or invoice. Though more subjective and thus potentially more complicated to prove, these non-economic damages may be an important part of your settlement. Pain and suffering, anxiety, depression, loss of enjoyment of life, post-traumatic stress, and other concerns related to quality of life may be compensable. 

The Skill of Your Legal Counsel

An experienced rideshare accident attorney can help you determine the value of your claim, gather evidence, and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you do not settle for less than your case is worth. If an insurer offers you a below-average settlement amount for an Uber accident, your attorney can also help you pursue litigation

Why Are Rideshare Accidents Complicated?

One of the complicating factors for rideshare cases is that multiple parties are often involved. This includes the Uber driver, the driver of the other vehicle, Uber, and multiple insurance companies. 

Because the working status of the Uber driver is also a factor in assigning liability, your legal counsel will perform an independent investigation and obtain the necessary evidence. Some accidents may not be the driver's fault at all and could result from poorly maintained roadways or vehicle malfunctions. 

Contact an Attorney

You deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Though there is no way to determine a meaningful average payout for Uber settlement, the team at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC has recovered millions for accident victims like you. We can ensure you understand the value of your claim. We are here to listen and understand the circumstances surrounding your accident, gather evidence, determine the best legal strategy for your case, negotiate on your behalf, and pursue litigation if a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation.

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