Uber self-driving vehicles could cause unique legal
issues for motorists and passengers injured by these vehicles.
Imagine you are a passenger in one of Uber’s new self-driving vehicles. You are driving down a snow covered road and the Uber vehicle fails to identify the center lane because of the accumulating snow. Because of this, your driverless vehicle strikes another car head-on in the other lane of traffic. You are injured. Can you sue a driverless vehicle for causing the accident? This is just one of the many issues that may be facing passengers or drivers injured by an Uber self-driving car.
Uber vehicles in general cause unique legal issues when they are involved in accidents. Typically, Uber drivers operate their own vehicles. Most personal auto insurance policies have exclusions for injuries occurring while the vehicle is being operated for commercial purposes. Even if the vehicle is insured under an Uber blanket policy it is usually for the state mandated minimum amount. This may leave passengers and injured drivers uncompensated for serious injuries and medical bills incurred when an Uber driver is the cause of the accident.
At minimum, passengers who routinely use Uber vehicles should contact their auto insurance carrier to determine if their auto benefits, including UIM/UM benefits will be covered if injured as an Uber passenger. If their auto policy does cover them as Uber passengers, you may want to consider increasing your UIM/UM policy limits to compensate for the low Uber coverage that typically exists.
If you are injured as a passenger in an Uber vehicle or you are injured by an Uber vehicle whether occupied or driverless, you should contact our law firm immediately to discuss your legal rights in this evolving legal arena. With over sixty (60) years of combined legal experience, our law firm is equipped to take on these issues and assure that your legal rights are protected. Please contact Attorney Terrence M. Ging at the Law Firm of Patberg Law Firm, P.C. at 1-800-471-6880, complete our contact form or email our attorneys.