Rideshare services like Uber are very popular in and around the Philadelphia area. However, major complications can arise if an accident occurs when riding in an Uber vehicle. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we are here to help if you or a loved one have been injured while riding in an Uber. Let our Philadelphia car accident attorneys investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
We want to start this with the story of a woman who is riding in an Uber in March of 2018. Jillian Kemenosh was halfway through with a four-mile Uber trip from Columbus Boulevard to her apartment in Center City. That is when the 2010 Toyota Highlander she was riding in ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
As a result of this incident, Kemenosh suffered a fractured spine, traumatic brain injury, and a concussion. Kenosha filed a lawsuit against Uber, the driver, and Uber’s local subsidiaries and requested that a jury determine her settlement payout.
However, Uber argued that by agreeing to the rideshare company’s “terms and conditions” when she downloaded the app, that she had forfeited her right to a jury. Uber argues that she agreed to resolve any legal disputes only through binding arbitration and that users waive their rights to sue and settle matters privately.
This matter may be getting a second look after a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge wrote that “the registration process did not properly communicate an offer to arbitrate under Pennsylvania law.” The judge noted that Uber does not force users to click a hyperlink to review the company’s terms of service, thereby making it possible for users to never understand what rights they are giving up in the event an accident occurs.
While there are no solid statistics on how many accidents involve Uber vehicles, we do know that these incidents often cause severe injuries. Uber does provide a $1 million liability insurance policy that kicks in when a rideshare driver has a passenger or is on the way to get one. This coverage extends to anybody involved in the accident, including the Uber passengers, the Uber driver, and any other parties affected in the accident.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a rideshare accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, contact a Philadelphia car accident attorney today. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we are going to thoroughly investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include: