Last updated on February 28th, 2022
If you are injured while travelling as a passenger in an Uber taxi as a result of negligence, you may be eligible to make an Uber accident claim for compensation for your injuries.
The introduction of Uber has changed the way many of us commute. All you need to do is open the app for your smartphone, indicate where you want to go and an Uber driver who is in the vicinity should respond to your request within a few minutes. Travelling by Uber taxis is not just more convenient for many people, it can be surprisingly inexpensive too, especially when compared to regular taxi fares. With the promise of convenience, affordability, and reliability, it’s no surprise that more and more people across the UK prefer to use Uber.
While travelling by Uber is generally safe, as with any journey by car there’s no guarantee that every journey is going to be totally incident free. Road accidents happen all the time, even with owner-driven cars, and an Uber taxi can be just as susceptible as any other vehicle on the road. The Uber taxi you are travelling in could be involved in a road accident either because of the Uber driver’s negligence or because a driver of another vehicle was driving carelessly. Whatever the reason, if you are injured while travelling as a passenger in an Uber taxi, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your accident.
Who Can Make An Uber Accident Claim?
Any road accident that involves an Uber taxi comes under the umbrella of an Uber accident. This would include the following scenarios:
- You are travelling as a passenger in an Uber taxi. Your driver is driving dangerously and crashes into an obstacle or another vehicle;
- You are travelling as a passenger in an Uber taxi. Your driver is driving carefully but another driver driving rashly crashes into the Uber vehicle;
- You are driving your own vehicle and an Uber taxi crashes into your vehicle;
- An Uber taxi crashes into you while you are walking on the pavement or crossing the road.
In cases where the Uber driver was at fault and you have been injured as a consequence, you may have a case to make an Uber accident claim. If another driver was at fault, a pedestrian caused the accident, or some other scenario where blame can be attributed, you may be able to claim compensation against the other party.
How Much Compensation For An Uber Accident Claim?
Unfortunately, without knowing the accident and injury details it isn’t possible to provide an accurate calculation of how much compensation you could claim for an Uber accident. However, legal professionals such as insurance providers and personal injury solicitors can refer to the Judicial College general damages compensation guidelines when calculating an Uber accident claim.
Using the personal injury compensation calculator below, potential claimants can get some idea of what compensation may be paid out for various injuries based on those guidelines.
Please note that due to special damages not being included and without knowing the extent and effects of the injury, the compensation amounts listed should be taken as guidance only.
What You Should Do Immediately After A Road Accident
Being in a road accident can be a frightening experience even when you are not injured. If you are injured in a taxi accident, it can be even more frightening. While you may not remember everything that you ought to be doing after the accident, doing at least some of the things mentioned below can help strengthen your case if you decide to pursue an Uber accident claim for compensation.
The first thing you should do immediately after a road accident is a quick check-over to assess your injuries. If you are injured quite badly, an ambulance should obviously be called so you can be taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. This should take priority over all else.
If you can, while waiting for the ambulance, you should try and get as many photographs as you can of the scene of the road accident. Try to take as many photographs from different angles as you can that clearly show the scene of the accident as well as the surrounding area. The photographs should show both your Uber taxi and any other vehicles involved. Also, get photographs of your injuries. Photographic evidence can do a lot to help strengthen your Uber compensation claim.
Another thing to do immediately after the accident is to speak to bystanders who might have witnessed the accident. Ask if they are willing to provide witness statements and ask for their contact details so you or your accident claims solicitor can get in touch with them later.
These days there are traffic cams installed almost everywhere in the UK. In addition to traffic cameras, individual shops and buildings also install security cameras to protect their property. It’s worth checking for any video footage to see if any of the cameras in the vicinity captured the accident as it happened. If they did, ask for a copy of the recording and submit this as proof to support your compensation claim. Personal injury solicitors can do this for you if needed.
Don’t forget to also file a police report at the nearest police station and get a copy of this report.
Starting An Uber Accident Claim
If you have been injured in an Uber taxi accident and would like advice on making a claim for compensation, most personal injury solicitors offer a no-obligation and free consultation. You can use this consultation to discuss with the solicitor what transpired. It will also help to show them whatever photographs or video footage you’ve may have managed to obtain.
After listening to the details, the solicitor will give you expert advice on whether or not you have a strong case worth pursuing. If you do have a strong case, the solicitor will also likely want to represent you on the basis of a No Win No Fee agreement, which in effect states that the solicitor agrees to represent you without requiring you to pay any upfront fees. You only pay if your Uber accident claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. For you, a No Win No Fee agreement means you are getting the benefit of expert legal representation without any of the associated costs while the claim is ongoing.
In addition to funding your Uber accident claim as it proceeds, your personal injury solicitor will also pull out all the stops to make sure that you are fully compensated for all your medical expenses and financial losses associated with the accident, and your pain and suffering.
To speak with an accident claims solicitor about starting an Uber accident claim, please do not hesitate in contacting us at any time.
Updated 31st August 2021.