An Uber driver who was involved in an accident at the intersection of Ash and Gotham in Portsmouth was found to be not at fault. Neither was the other driver, who hit the Uber as both were travelingthrough the intersection simultaneously. According to a report from 13 News Now in Virginia, neither driver had a stop sign at the time of the crash. Damion Bowman, the Uber driver, claimed, “There was no stop sign…and it caused me to have an accident. I’m an Uber driver and I had a passenger in the car with me.”  The passenger was not hurt, nor were the drivers, fortunately.
The reason the police found no fault in the crash, was that at the time of the incident, there was no stop sign on the northbound corner of Ash Street, even though there should have been. In the aftermath of the accident, in the middle of what must have been a confusing situation for everyone involved, Bowman managed to catch an employee of the city putting up a stop sign where it should have been in the first place. He managed to record the incident as proof that there was no stop sign. “They literally brought the stop sign out while we were out here and they were towing my car. That was like admitting to me they made a mistake, I would think,” he said. He further stated he hopes that the city will compensate him for the damage.
However, he may not get that satisfaction. According to Virginia law, the city cannot be held liable in this case. The placing of stop signs, stop lights and other traffic indicators are considered government functions. Government functions have immunity from liability, even if they are most likely negligent. In a case like this, it would be up to the public to report the missing sign immediately so that it would be replaced as soon as possible. Therefore, neither Bowman, nor the other driver, is due any compensation under the law.
According to the Legal Examiner, Uber and Lyft drivers should think about purchasing additional ridesharing insurance. By keeping only personal insurance, they could be opening themselves up to considerable risk should they get in an accident. Uber provides insurance for when the car is carrying passengers or on its way to picking up. It does not, however, cover the period of time when the car is active but has not been selected for a ride. Rideshare insurance will cover this gap so that the driver is fully protected.
Whether you are hurt in an accident by an Uber driver, or are an Uber driver injured through someone else’s negligence, it’s best to consult an attorney to examine your case. You may be entitled to compensation, and a personal injury lawyer can help you determine who is at fault and get you a successful resolution.

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