Rideshares like Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity in recent years. Gone are the days when you had to call a surly taxi cab dispatcher, wait for who-knows-how-long for that yellow cab to arrive, and then realize the driver takes only cash at the end of the ride. Today, you use an app on your phone, know exactly how long it will take for your ride to arrive, and can always pay with your debit or credit card. By far the most ubiquitous rideshare service in the world is Uber. Lyft is a close competitor, but no name is as synonymous with ridesharing as Uber. Car accidents are inevitable, and Uber’s drivers are no exception. With the rising popularity of Uber, we are seeing more and more Uber-related car accidents. If you are in one of these accidents, it isn’t always clear who is liable for the accident. Is it the driver, or is it Uber? The truth is, it depends on what happened in the accident. In any case, if you were hit by an Uber or hurt during a ride, you will want to file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance provider. If their insurance policy can’t cover the accident, you will need to hire a lawyer and potentially file a lawsuit. Is There an Average Uber Accident Settlement? Many of our Uber crash lawsuit clients ask us about the average Ohio Uber accident settlement. This isn’t an easy question to answer. In fact, the only real answer that we can provide is that there is no average Ohio Uber accident claim. At Bensinger Legal Services, we value honesty and open communication. That’s why we will never lie to you. If we tried to give you an average Uber settlement amount, we would be lying to you. If you are curious as to why there is no average Uber settlement, read on for more information. Why Is There No Average Uber Accident Settlement? At the end of the day, there is no average Uber accident settlement because every Uber accident lawsuit is different. Why? Because every accident is different. There is no average car accident or Uber accident, so there is no average Uber accident settlement amount. In any given car accident, there are a seemingly infinite number of different factors that can come into play. Each of these factors can impact a settlement’s value. The damages you suffer as a result of the accident are probably the most important of these different factors, but not the only one. Individuals can also have a huge impact on a settlement value. Different lawyers use different strategies in calculating and seeking damages. Similarly, different attorneys will negotiate differently depending on whom they are negotiating with. Even the amount of resources that a defendant is willing to use to fight the claim will inevitably impact the settlement value. Just like no individual is the same, no Uber accident is the same. Thus, there is no “average” to compare each claim to. Uber Driver Liability Insurance Luckily, Uber insures all its drivers—at least in certain circumstances. Uber’s liability insurance covers its drivers when they have passengers in the car, when they are available or waiting for a ride request, and when they are en route to pick up riders. Uber also requires drivers to maintain their own liability insurance policy in conjunction with their state’s requirements. Unfortunately, liability insurance isn’t always enough to fully cover all accidents. So if your accident’s total damages appear above the following limits, you will have to hire an attorney to help recover the damages and file a lawsuit if necessary. There are two tiers of insurance that Uber gives its drivers. The first applies when a driver is available or waiting for a ride request. In those instances, an Uber driver is covered as follows: $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per individual person, $100,000 total in bodily injury liability per accident, and $25,000 total in property damage liability per accident. It is important to note that in these instances, Uber’s own insurance policy applies only if a driver’s own liability policy is insufficient. The second tier of Uber’s provided driver insurance applies when a driver is on their way to pick up a rider and during the ride itself: $1,000,000 in total third party liability and Comprehensive coverage and collision coverage up to the real cash value of an individual vehicle (with a $2,500 deductible). For certain vehicles, the deductible on the collision coverage is $1,000. If your damages appear to exceed these values, you need to hire a lawyer to get the full compensation that you deserve. Bensinger Legal Services Is Here for You The only way to get an accurate estimate of your Ohio Uber accident settlement amount is to seek the help of an experienced car accident attorney. Ideally, your lawyer will be one who has specific experience with rideshare accidents. The team at Bensinger Legal Services has that experience, and we are happy to share our expertise with our clients. Aaron Bensinger, the founder of our firm, started the firm to help people get their lives back on track after a serious injury. Filing an accident claim can feel like a daunting and lonely process, but there is no reason for you to go it alone. At Bensinger Legal Services, we will fight with every tool we have to recover the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Let us worry about your case, so you can focus on healing. Don’t wait: call Bensinger Legal Services today for your free consultation.Keep Reading
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If you were in an Ohio car accident and need to recover damages outside the scope of a basic insurance claim, you are probably considering filing a lawsuit. In your search for more information on car accident settlements, you probably want to know how much your accident claim is worth. You likely have come across some sort of auto accident settlement calculator. Car crash settlement calculators are popping up more and more these days. The proprietors of these car accident lawsuit calculators claim that they can accurately predict how much an individual accident settlement is worth. Car accident injury settlement calculators might seem like a godsend. After all, you don’t have to hire a lawyer. Just plug in the information and get a value in return. But you may be wondering, Do these car accident estimate calculators really work? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “No.” We at Bensinger Legal Services put together this piece to provide a bit more information on car accident settlement calculators to explain why they may mislead you. Why Don’t Car Wreck Settlement Calculators Work? Car accident settlement amounts calculators cannot accurately predict the value of your claim because no two car accident claims are the same. There are a seemingly infinite number of factors that can impact any civil settlement’s value. At the most basic level, car accident settlement calculators simply cannot account for all the relevant facts, circumstances, and other factors that will impact your claim and subsequent settlement. What Factors Impact a Typical Settlement? As noted, there is a seemingly endless number of factors that impact car accident settlement values. Some of those factors play more of a role than others. By far, the most important factor is damages: the type of damages suffered, the extent to which those damages affect you, and how well you document those damages play a crucial role in your case. While there are other factors at play—including who the different parties to the settlement are—nothing has as much impact as damages. Damages As the most important element in the value of a civil claim, it is important to understand damages as a whole. Damages include any and all demonstrable harmful effects that you suffer as a result of the accident. Damages are typically split into two separate categories: economic damages on one hand and non-economic damages on the other. Economic damages are those that are concrete and have an objective, quantifiable value. Things like the cost of repairing your car are economic damages. You can look at an invoice or estimate of the cost of repair and objectively prove that damage. Similarly, economic damages include costs of medical care and lost wages. With all these damages, you have a verifiable, quantitative value that you can demonstrate in court. At best, car accident settlement amount calculators are good at adding up those amounts, but they are no better than the calculator on your phone. Non-economic damages do not have a quantifiable value and are inherently intangible. Things like pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and the loss of use of a bodily function are all non-economic damages. While you can put a verifiable price on the cost of mental health treatment—which is an example of economic damage—the linked non-economic damage you suffer in that event is the trauma itself. That trauma, often called pain and suffering, is a non-economic damage, and it is hard to measure. Lawyers know how to take into account various factors that play into non-economic damages because they have experience in doing so. Car accident settlement calculators simply cannot accurately gauge the value of non-economic damages. The Parties Involved The parties to a given claim can also have a large impact on any car accident settlement. Everybody is unique. Everyone has their own personal biases, concerns, and situations. All those factors can come into play in settlement negotiations. A defendant in one case may fight your claim, or aspects of it, much more than another defendant. Whether the difference in actions is based on their feelings about the accident or how much money they are willing to use to fight the case is impossible to predict. And the parties involved are not just you and the defendant. There are also the lawyers, the insurance adjusters or representatives, the police officer at the scene, and the judge overseeing your case. Even the exact same claim, with the same attorneys and parties involved, can come to a different conclusion depending on the day. There is absolutely no way for auto wreck accident settlement calculators to accurately take these factors into account. How Can I Get an Accurate Estimate If I Don’t Use an Auto Accident Payout Calculator? If you want an accurate estimate of the value of your Ohio car accident claim, your best option is to discuss the case with an experienced attorney. While attorneys cannot predict everything with 100% accuracy, they have the experience and tools necessary to take many different factors into account. Take non-economic damages, for example. Courts often calculate non-economic damages by multiplying the total economic damages in a given claim by a particular number, usually between 1 and 5. The multiplier used will depend on the extent of the non-economic damages. A lawyer who has seen cases with similar non-economic damages can give you an educated prediction as to those damages’ value by drawing on that experience. Similarly, lawyers are familiar with different car insurance companies and how they operate. One insurance provider might place more value on settling quicker than another. At the end of the day, your lawyer is the best option for getting an estimate because they know from experience how much money your case is likely worth. Bensinger Legal Services Can Help with Your Estimate If you’d like an accurate estimate of the value of your accident claim, Bensinger Legal Services is here for you. Our car accident attorneys help clients get the most out of their auto accident claims every day. The first step we...Keep Reading
Being involved in an accident can be a traumatic event for most people, even when injuries are minor. If you were involved in an accident and need to obtain a copy of your Akron accident report, there are several different ways you can request it. Some methods could be more complicated than others, which is where an Akron car accident lawyer can help. Akron recently changed systems, so your retrieval method will vary based on the date of your accident. If your accident occurred on or later than May 11, 2021, the procedure is different from what it previously was. How to Get Your Accident Report in Person For accidents that occurred on May 11, 2021, or later, you can walk into the Akron Police Department during business hours. We’ve listed the address later in this article. How to Get Your Accident Report by Mail If you want to request your police report by mail, you will need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request. The Akron Police Department will not mail your report back without it. The address to mail your request is the same one you would use for walk-in requests. How to Get Your Accident Report Online Requesting an Akron police report online can only be done for accidents that occurred before May 11, 2021. The record you request online will not display some specific information. Personal information that won’t appear in the online record search includes your: Social Security Number, Phone number, Date of birth, Driver’s license number, Email address, Employment hours, Medical information, and Social media accounts. Some of this blocked information will not affect you. For instance, you already know much of this identifying information. But if you want a complete, official report or one that is for a more recent accident, you can email the Akron Police Department Records Room at APDRecords@akronohio.gov or call them at 330-375-2950. How Much Does an Accident Report in Akron Cost? There is no published cost associated with requesting an accident report through the Akron Police Department. If it’s necessary to pay a fee, the customer service representative will provide you with a fee schedule. If you plan to request your report by mail, you must prepay postage by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Where Is the Akron Police Department Located? The Akron Police Department is at 217 South High Street, Room 208, Akron, Ohio. Business hours for walk-ins are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM. How to Read Your Accident Report When you initially look at an accident report, it may seem confusing. However, if you break down the text, you’ll quickly realize it provides valuable information that can benefit your personal injury claim. Accident reports contain all essential information such as names, contact information, type of accident, vehicle information, conditions at the time of the accident, and how severe the crash was. As you read through the report, you’ll find more detailed information on the collision, including a description of the damages, any sustained injuries, how the crash occurred, and any associated circumstances. The responding officer will list all involved parties, including witnesses. They will also note whether anyone was tested for alcohol or drugs, or if there was any suspected impairment. Contact an Akron Car Accident Lawyer If you sustained injuries in your Akron auto accident, pursuing a claim against the at-fault party can be challenging. At Bensinger Law, we understand how stressful and traumatic an accident can be. We have years of experience fighting insurance companies to get our clients the compensation they deserve after an auto collision. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.Keep Reading