Sue Uber in small claims court
Here’s some good news: if you have had an experience in an Uber ride or with Uber that you find sueable, you can sue the company in small claims court. But there are important things to remember when you’re taking legal action against the company.
DoNotPay uses AI-powered technology to assist you while you file your case against Uber in small claims court. This easy-to-use app for the iPhone helps you to file your court forms in no time so you can focus on your claim. All you need to do is let the app know what type of claim you are filing, who you are suing, and the necessary information about yourself. It will help you write an effective demand letter.
How suing Uber with DoNotPay works
To sue Uber in small claims court using DoNotPay, you will need to follow these steps:
- You can download DoNotPay’s free app for the iPhone or use it in your web browser.
- Ensure your claim qualifies for small claims court.
To know if your claim qualifies for small claims court, you must consider the sum for which you will sue Uber. DoNotPay will ask you what your claim is, what type of award you are looking for, and the amount for which you are suing.
In most states, small claims cases seek sums between $5,000-$10,000. However, in some jurisdictions, like Kentucky and Rhode Island, the amount can be as low as $2,500. Here is a list of the monetary limits by state.
There are two types of awards that you can seek in a lawsuit, monetary and equitable, meaning some action. Most small claims courts only grant monetary awards. If you are looking for the latter, you may have less of a chance at winning your case.
If your claim is not within the limits of the small claims courts in your state, the best step for you is to hire a lawyer.
DoNotPay will give you an excellent demand letter for Uber
Most small claims courts will need you to ask the party you plan to sue to resolve your issue before you file your case. After sending the necessary information to DoNotPay, the app will ask you questions based on what to include in your demand letter. If you would like to sue Uber in small claims court, you will need to send them a demand letter generated by DoNotPay first.
Acceptable demand letters are simple and straightforward. DoNotPay can generate one for you in no time. Once DoNotPay has created the letter, you can download it and print it before you send it.
You should send your demand letter to this address:
- UBER USA, LLC
The Corporation Trust Company
- Corporation Trust Center 1209 Orange St.
- Wilmington, DE 19801
Writing a demand letter yourself can take time. If you want to go through the tedious process of writing your demand letter yourself, here are more tips on how to write an effective demand letter.
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DoNotPay will fill out required court forms
Court forms are available for free through the state’s website. Each state has different court forms to fill out. DoNotPay will gather the right application forms from your jurisdiction of residence, ask you a few questions, and fill them out for you. Some states will ask for 3 to 4 copies. If you do not have enough copies, your claim may be ignored. DoNotPay will ensure that you have the right amount of copies to download and print, and let you know when the court forms are ready.
DoNotPay will help you file your complaint forms with the court.
When you’re finished filling out your court forms, you will give them to the court, and they will start the filing process.
- Many courts will require you to come to the courthouse in person during business hours to deliver your court forms. DoNotPay will notify you if you live in a state where you are required to do this.
- All courts in the U.S. require you to pay a filing fee before they can allow you to sue Uber in small claims. This fee can sometimes be waived.
When you file your court forms, the court clerk will give you a stamped copy of them with a court date. Keep it with you in a safe place and bring it to your hearing.
Serve your forms on Uber
In this step, all you need to do is deliver a copy of the stamped complaint forms to Uber. You can send them to Uber via registered mail if you can’t bring them in person. Some courts have strict rules about how to serve a defendant, and your claim can get dropped if you do not follow them.
Show up to your court date against Uber
When the court clerk gives you a court date, you must be present at the courthouse on that date, so make sure not to miss it.
If you are unsure of what to say in court, DoNotPay will provide you with a script that is specific to your issue. For example, maybe you are suing Uber for breach of contract. DoNotPay’s generated text will inform you of how to identify the critical elements of your claim, and what to say if the defendant does not show up for the court date.
Suing Uber if a driver steals from you
In 2017, someone successfully sued Uber in small claims court after losing $4,000 in personal property. After Uber claimed it wasn’t responsible for the passenger’s belongings, the individual provided evidence that helped him win $1,000, with which he was unsatisfied. After going back to court once more, he received the full $4,000.
Uber claims that it is not responsible for belongings you leave it in your driver’s car. But if you’re willing to fight, you have a chance of beating Uber in small claims court. Just be aware that suing Uber can be a lengthy process, but it is easier if you use DoNotPay.
Suing Uber for Breach of contract
Yes, you can sue Uber in a small claims court for breach of contract. A contracted driver sued them and won almost $4000 because Uber didn’t pay the driver their bonus for giving 7,000 rides, as stated in their contract.
This small claims court case only cost the driver $20 to file. It is worth suing Uber for breach of contract. DoNotPay can help you gather your documents and back up your claim.
In 2018, a U.S. District Court judge granted Uber drivers another win in small claims court by concluding that the company breached a contract on “Safe Rides” fees. Uber drivers sued the company for $5 million. They refused arbitration in 2016, because the company, though it said it wouldn’t, took funds as “safe rides fees” from the fares that drivers charged on the minimum fare.
Suing Uber for an accident
If you are injured during your ride with an Uber driver, you cannot sue Uber, but you can sue the driver. Since the driver is an independent contractor, Uber can deny liability regarding the accident. It has done so in the past.
If you are a passenger:
- Call 911 and take pictures of the wreck
- Write down names, phone numbers, and email addresses of any witnesses
- Take screenshots of your Uber ride and receipt using your phone
- Write down the name of your driver and the plate number
If you need to file a small claims lawsuit, you will sue the driver. DoNotPay can help you fill out the forms associated with suing an individual like an Uber driver quickly and for free. All you need to do is visit DoNotPay’s website or download the app, then answer a few questions regarding your case. Then, fill in the necessary information, and DoNotPay will prepare the essential documents for you to file in court and read out during your court date.
Additionally, Uber does have an accident policy that can cover the costs of your injury, but if the insurance policy does not cover your damages, you can sue your driver. You can receive up to $1 million in coverage in Uber’s accident policy as a passenger. It covers cases wherein your driver was at fault in the accident, or you were involved in a hit-and-run while you were in an Uber.
Suing Uber for backpay
Many people suing Uber for backpay have been successful. In October 2017, three Latina engineers alleged they were getting paid less than the company’s other employees, because of Uber’s “stack ranking” system. Once the case concluded, the employees received over $10,000 each depending on their length of employment and location.
You can sue Uber for back pay. However, if doing so as a group, it is not a case for small claims court. It is a class-action lawsuit.
Suing Uber for deactivation
Over 750,000 people drive for Uber nationwide. Many of these drivers use Uber as a primary source of income, and for some, it is their entire household income.
There are several drivers whose accounts have been deactivated due to customer complaints, although some of these complaints are based on false information. Unexpected deactivation can take away an innocent driver’s livelihood, leaving them destitute.
Many drivers have complained that Uber doesn’t give them a chance to dispute their deactivation.
Here’s what you need to know if you want to take Uber to small claims court for deactivation:
- You are an independent contractor while driving for Uber
- You need evidence
- You can request an investigation from Uber
Being an independent contractor means that your contract can be terminated for any reason. The fact is included in Uber’s driver terms.
You can appeal your deactivation and start an investigation regarding it without suing by contacting Uber Support. That is the best alternative to suing, but you will need evidence to help your case.
Taking Uber to a small claims court for deactivation may not be a wise decision because it is stated in the contract that you do not have the legal right to reactivate your account in their legal terms. However, there are other ways you can take Uber to court.
This Reddit thread talks about how some drivers are dealing with their deactivation.
Suing Uber for wrongful termination
You cannot sue Uber for wrongful termination because, as a driver, you are an independent contractor, not an employee. Independent contractors can be terminated for any reason or lack thereof. However, you can arbitrate, depending on how you were terminated.
Suing for wrongful termination means assuming that Uber breached their contract, or that you were terminated because of illegal discrimination. Since you’re not considered an employee, but as a contractor, this case isn’t realistic.
Suing Uber for sexual assault
If you have become a victim of sexual assault because of an Uber ride, your case is not likely a good fit for small claims court. However, such class-action lawsuits have been brought against Uber, as over 100 Uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse.
Two women sued Uber after they were sexually assaulted on their ride, alleging that the company provided inadequate background checks and monitoring of their drivers. Though they have not received any monetary or equitable awards yet, Uber pledged $5 million to fund sexual assault prevention groups and train their employees.
What else can DoNotPay do?
DoNotPay can also assist you with:
- Getting you an appointment with the DMV faster
- Beating speeding and traffic tickets
- Beating parking tickets
- Contacting customer service on your behalf and connecting you after they reach a real human being
- Make a virtual credit card to avoid getting charged at the end of a free trial
- Sue any person or any company in small claims court
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