How does Uber insurance work? (2023)

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There are millions of Uber drivers across the U.S. who use the service to generate full-time or part-time income. Drivers are essentially operating their own small business. So, that means they need insurance to protect their business and reduce their financial liability.

Uber offers its own "Driver-Partner Insurance." However, this insurance comes with several coverage gaps. Here's what you need to know about Uber insurance.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • In many cases, rideshare drivers are required to have commercial insurance or a personal policy that offers ridesharing coverage.
  • Uber offers its own rideshare insurance coverage, but drivers should still have their own personal insurance policy to make sure they are fully protected.
  • Uber's insurance policy will not provide coverage while the app is not running. However, during these times, your personal auto policy should still provide coverage.
  • Uber offers $1 million in third-party liability coverage to protect riders against covered accidents on the way to pick up passengers or while transporting them.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • What is rideshare insurance?
  • How does Uber insurance work?
  • What Uber insurance covers
  • Ridesharing and insurance
  • Insurance types for rideshare drivers
  • How much does Uber rideshare insurance cost?
  • How to compare Uber and rideshare car insurance quotes
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Rideshare insurance provides coverage for you and your vehicle when driving for a ridesharing service such as Uber. It kicks in as soon as you turn on the app.

But note, your personal auto insurance provider may drop your policy if they discover you've been driving without separate rideshare coverage. So if you want to become a rideshare driver, you'll need to either have a commercial auto insurance policy or a personal auto insurance policy that offers rideshare coverage as an endorsement.

How does Uber insurance work?

Most rideshare companies -- including Uber -- will provide specific rideshare insurance to drivers up to the state limits. If that's the case, you aren't required to purchase a separate rideshare insurance policy. However, Uber's insurance policy doesn't cover you when the app is closed. During these times, your personal auto policy provides coverage.

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When the app is open, Uber's insurance provides liability coverage at certain points during your trip. Your own personal rideshare-friendly policy will provide coverage during other phases of the trip, depending on what's outlined in the policy.

This is all dictated by the three main coverage periods insurers use to separate a rideshare trip:

Period 1: The Uber app is on, but you're waiting for a ride request.

Period 2: You've accepted a ride request and are on your way to pick up a passenger.

Period 3: The passenger is in your car. This period ends when the passenger exits the car.

If you get into an accident while working for Uber, you need to know whether your personal policy or Uber's policy will provide coverage during each specific period, so that your claim isn't delayed or denied.

What Uber insurance covers

Uber's Driver-Partner Insurance provides different levels of coverage across Periods 1, 2 and 3. Coverage varies significantly depending on whether a passenger is in your car. Here's a breakdown:

Insurance coverage during Period 1

Uber's liability limits are relatively low during Period 1. The company doesn't offer comprehensive and collision coverage during this phase of the trip.

  • Liability: Uber offers third-party liability coverage(assuming your personal insurance doesn't apply) of $50,000 in bodily injury per person, up to $100,000 in bodily injury per accident and $25,000 in property damage per accident.

Insurance coverage during Periods 2 and 3

Your liability is well-covered, but collision and comprehensive coverage come with certain caveats.

  • Liability: If you get into a covered accident on your way to pick up passengers or while transporting them, Uber offers $1 million in third-party liability coverage.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: Uber provides uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage for you and your passengers if you get into a covered accident and the other driver is at fault and is uninsured or underinsured.
  • Collision and comprehensive:Uberoffers comprehensive and collision insurancethat will cover up to your car's actual cash value. However, this coverage is contingent and comes with a $2,500 deductible, which means you'll have to pay $2,500 out-of-pocket before Uber's coverage kicks in to cover your claim.

Uber's coverage levels, especially for liability, leave coverage gaps that increase your out-of-pocket costs. That's especially true if your car is damaged or totaled or if you and other passengers are injured and have medical expenses.

For liability coverage, most insurance experts recommend $100,000 of bodily injury coverage per person, $300,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident and $100,000 of property damage coverage. Uber insurance coverage is significantly below these thresholds.

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Anthony Martin

Founder and CEO of Choice Mutual, an insurance agency in Reno, Nevada

Uber's deductible is also significant. "Even with adequate insurance coverage, you can be out thousands in the case of an accident that causes property or bodily damage," says Anthony Martin. "For many Uber drivers, $2,500 is a risk too big to take."
Another important point to keep in mind is that Uber only covers comprehensive and collision insurance coverage if you maintain them on your personal auto insurance. "Even if you were exclusively driving your vehicle for Uber, if you skip these two essential insurance protections, Uber won't cover you," he says.

Ridesharing and insurance

Regardless of what insurance Uber offers, every driver should have some form of personal insurance coverage, whether it's a liability or comprehensive policy.

However, if you're a rideshare driver, you should know that your personal auto policy only covers your vehicle's personal use. If you're driving your car for business, you'll need a commercial policy.

"Traditional car insurance is not set up for the liability and medical payments exposure, and the liability a driver exposes himself or herself to while getting paid to transport individuals," says Ben Galbreath, an agent with Wallace & Turner, an independent insurance agency in Springfield, Ohio.

Personal car insurance policies all have a clause that excludes explicitly commercial activities like ridesharing. Legally, your insurer can deny any claim if you drive for Uber and get into an accident.

There are three main types of insurance every driver should consider. Rideshare drivers, in particular, should maintain comprehensive and collision coverage.

  • Liability: Liability insurance is mandatory in every state. It covers injuries to another person or damage to their property due to an accident in which you're at fault. Liability insurance will never cover your own car or your own injuries. Some states have low limits that may not be enough to cover damage or injuries to other drivers if you get into an accident. This means you'll have to pay out-of-pocket to fill the gap, so you may want to purchase additional liability coverage.
  • Collision/comprehensive: These coverages are not mandatory in every state. However, if you have an auto loan on your car, your lender typically requires this coverage. Collision coverage will pay to repair or replace your vehicle if it is damaged in an accident. A comprehensive policy covers car damage that isn't related to an accident, such as hail or fire damage or vandalism. Resist the temptation to skip this coverage unless you're prepared to write a check for another vehicle.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: Some states require this coverage. If you're involved in an accident and the other driver is at fault but doesn't have car insurance, uninsured motorist insurance covers your injury-related medical expenses and those of your passengers. It also can cover your lost wages, pain and suffering. If the driver who hit you has insurance with low coverage limits, underinsured coverage will cover the difference. For this type of coverage, you should choose coverage amounts that match your own liability limits.

Rideshare drivers should also have rideshare insurance. That coverage can come through an endorsement added to their personal auto policy or via a separate commercial policy.

"Rideshare insurance is the best option for drivers since it covers them during the period 1 gap (app on, no passenger yet) and the companies won't drop drivers from the policy like they would if you had a personal policy and signed up for Uber/Lyft," says Harry Campbell, owner and founder ofThe Ride Share Guy blog and podcast.

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"Auto claims have high bodily injury payouts, so medical bills and liability payment could bankrupt individuals if the right type of coverage isn't purchased," he adds.

Galbreath says if you're looking for coverage, you should take the time to compare policies and that you shouldn't base your decision on price alone.

"My advice would be to look into coverage options and pay for what you need to be protected based on your personal liability," he says. "The cost of insurance would not come close to the potential loss a driver could risk personally or professionally."

The insurance coverage that Uber provides to its drivers is free. If you buy a separate rideshare insurance policy, the cost will depend on a number of factors. In general, though, most people can get it for less than $30 per month.

If you decide to buy a separate rideshare insurance policy, it's a good idea to get several quotes before making a decision. Most major insurers will allow you to get a quote online after providing a few personal details. There are also online insurance marketplaces that will pull quotes from several companies at once based on your information. If you prefer, you can call each company individually to inquire about coverage options and costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my regular auto insurance policy cover ridesharing?

No. Personal auto insurance policies do not cover commercial activities (i.e. driving to make money). You could be dropped from your personal policy if the insurance company discovers you're using that car to drive for a rideshare company without adequate additional coverage.

Will driving for Uber affect my car insurance?

If you drive for a ridesharing company, your personal insurance policy premiums will likely increase. This is because you'll be spending more time on the road, which increases your risk of an accident.

Is rideshare insurance expensive?

Though purchasing separate rideshare insurance means adding to the overall cost of your premiums, these policies are fairly low-cost. Most people pay less than $30 per month.

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Do you need rideshare insurance?

Yes, you need to have insurance coverage while driving for a rideshare company, because your personal policy will not cover driving for commercial purposes.

Do Uber and Lyft provide insurance?

Both Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with insurance coverage. However, the coverage is minimal and only enough to satisfy state requirements. You might need to supplement these policies to ensure you have enough coverage. Without enough coverage, you’ll be on the hook for out-of-pocket costs if you get in an accident.

What insurance do you need during the gap?

Uber insurance will kick in once you're actively using the app (waiting for a ride, driving to a pickup or already have a rider in your car). When the app is closed, you need to have third-party rideshare insurance to protect you and your car.

What if my state does not have rideshare car insurance?

Though insurance laws vary by state, you should be able to acquire rideshare insurance in some form. At the very least, Uber provides insurance to all of its drivers in all states, so you are protected when picking up passengers and driving them to their destinations. Inquire with your personal auto insurance company to learn what supplemental rideshare insurance options are available in your area.

Does Uber insurance cover rental cars?

No. Uber only provides liability insurance, and in some cases, comprehensive coverage. It does not reimburse drivers for a rental car if they are in an accident and need alternative transportation. In this case, you would need to check with your personal policy or separate rideshare policy.

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-- Satta Sarmah-Hightower contributed to this report.

FAQs

What insurance do you need to be a Uber driver? ›

As an Uber driver, you'll need commercial private hire insurance, public liability cover, and Social, Domestic & Pleasure cover too. This will protect you while driving for work and in your spare time.

How long does Uber take to approve insurance? ›

Uploaded documents generally take 1-5 days to review. To streamline the application process, please keep these tips in mind when uploading documents: Make sure all the documents are up to date and not expired.

How do I claim for uber sick? ›

You can file a claim using a simple online claims form located in the help section of the Uber Driver app. After you submit your claim, you'll receive an confirmation email with your claim number, claim adjuster's contact information and a list of additional documents you may need in order to process your claim.

How much is insurance for Uber car? ›

Uber driver insurance | Quotes from £6.56 per month | Simply Business UK.

Can I use third party insurance for Uber driver? ›

What type of car insurance do I need as an Uber driver? To be an Uber driver, you will need private hire vehicle insurance with cover for hire and reward.

Which insurance companies work with Uber? ›

Rideshare and delivery insurance
  • Allstate. Extends your personal auto insurance into the time you're online with Uber waiting for a trip. ...
  • American Family. Extends your personal auto insurance into the time you're online with Uber waiting for a trip. ...
  • CSAA. ...
  • Farmers. ...
  • Liberty Mutual. ...
  • Progressive. ...
  • State Farm. ...
  • USAA.

Do I need private hire insurance for Uber? ›

You need to have private hire taxi insurance to drive for Uber or any other booking app. It forms part of your agreement with Uber. If you drive on your normal car insurance and an incident or accident happens, you will likely have claims repudiated (turned down).

Do you need business insurance for Uber driver? ›

You'll need commercial private hire vehicle insurance offering cover for hire or reward. You should also make sure you have adequate public liability insurance, whether through Uber, the vehicle policy or a separate source.

Does Uber pay sick pay? ›

What about sick pay? Although there are no additional protections for sick pay for drivers, we are committed to making sure you have financial security when life-changing events happen. Uber launched Partner Protection on 1 June 2018, which protects eligible drivers with insurance from Allianz.

Can I claim compensation from Uber? ›

Uber drivers have rights as workers. Those who don't benefit from them may now be entitled to compensation. Uber drivers' rights include: Holiday pay.

What can I claim on Uber? ›

As an Uber driver, you can claim tax deductions on Uber-related fees, including: commissions, service, and licensing fees paid to Uber and its digital platform. expenses relating to your application as an Uber driver. bank fees, if you have a separate Uber account.

How much do Uber drivers make? ›

Average Uber Driver Earnings. The average Uber driver earns between $8.55 and $11.77 per hour. Those figures will vary when influenced by the factors we have discussed, such as the particular Uber service provided, Uber's pricing schematics, and the number of hours worked in total by the driver.

Why is taxi insurance so expensive? ›

Taxi Insurance tends to cost more than Car Insurance because of the statistically higher risk of having an accident, due to the fact that taxi drivers cover more miles than most motorists. Along with driving more miles, taxi drivers are also likely to have larger vehicles that sit within a higher insurance group.

What is private hire insurance? ›

Private Hire insurance is specifically designed for drivers who are licensed to carry passengers for hire and reward, but must be pre-booked with a private hire operator. If you drive passengers for a living, standard insurer's car insurance policies are not adequate and you need a specialist motor insurance policy.

How does Uber verify documents? ›

In most markets where this type of verification is available, Uber relies on third parties to help complete the check. We may confirm with your driver or delivery person that you have submitted verification information.

Should you tell insurance about Uber? ›

And, if you're driving for Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare company, you ABSOLUTELY MUST tell your insurer or they too can decline to pay out anything. Nearly every auto insurance company will deny paying out on a claim if the vehicle is transporting paying passengers unbeknownst to the insurer.

Does Travelers insurance cover Uber drivers? ›

Q: Does Travelers provide a coverage endorsement for Ride Sharing Services? A: Yes. An optional Limited Ride Sharing Coverage endorsement is available for our Quantum Auto 2.0® product in Colorado and Illinois that provides coverage for individuals who drive passengers through ride sharing apps, like Uber or Lyft.

What is insurance deductible in the USA? ›

The amount you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan starts to pay. With a $2,000 deductible, for example, you pay the first $2,000 of covered services yourself. A fixed amount ($20, for example) you pay for a covered health care service after you've paid your deductible.

How much is taxi insurance in UK? ›

How much does taxi insurance cost? The cost of taxi insurance depends on a number of things, including your age, type and size of car you drive, annual mileage and the area where you plan to drive. But according to Compare the Market data, 51% of taxi drivers could achieve a quote of up to £1,829 a year.

Does Admiral do private hire insurance? ›

If you choose the hire car, we'll advise Auxillis Limited, who administer our Hire Vehicle Cover, and will then contact you to arrange a convenient time and place to deliver your hire car.

What kind of car do I need for Uber black? ›

Uber Black vehicles must be in mint condition. They must also, as the name implies, have both a black interior and exterior. The interior must be leather or vegan leather. The vehicle must also have four independently opening doors, and comfortably seat 4+ passengers (excluding the driver).

What is commercial insurance mean? ›

Commercial business insurance is coverage for businesses and corporations, generally designed to cover the business, its employees and ownership. Since there are so many types of businesses with different needs and situations, commercial insurance can come in many shapes, sizes and colors.

Do I need insurance for Uber eats bicycle? ›

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Delivering with a bicycle is an excellent option as you will get some good exercise while earning money – and that's certainly something you miss out on when working with a car, scooter, or motorbike. Plus, you don't need liability insurance for the vehicle.

What happens if someone pukes in an Uber? ›

Riders are responsible for messes made to the interior or exterior of a vehicle (such as vomiting or food spills), and the fees are paid in full to the driver. In the event that you are charged a cleaning fee, you will receive an updated trip receipt.

How much Uber pays maternity leave? ›

All drivers would be paid a £1,000 lump sum while on maternity or paternity leave, and a £500 lump sum for jury service. If they are injured while on a job for Uber, they would receive medical cover paying out up to £7,500.

Does Uber give maternity pay? ›

Uber offers maternity and paternity leave to eligible employees.

What happens when I dont pay Uber? ›

If a charge from Uber is declined by your payment method, you may be temporarily unable to request rides. Your app will ask you to charge your outstanding balance to a payment method of your choice.

How do I contact Uber customer service? ›

Call Uber on the phone

Uber has a 24/7 local support line for general customer service: 800-593-7069.

How do I contact Uber driver support? ›

Uber Driver Phone Numbers (Contact Uber by Phone)

The two Uber driver numbers are (800) 285-6172 for emergencies and (800) 593-7069 for 24/7 support.

Do I have to claim Uber on my taxes? ›

If you earn more than $400 from Uber or Lyft, you must file a tax return and report your driving earnings to the IRS. Most Uber and Lyft drivers report income as sole proprietors, which allows you to report business income on your personal tax return.

How do I report Uber income on my taxes? ›

You will likely receive two tax forms from Uber or Lyft. Form 1099-K reports driving income, and Form 1099-NEC reports any income you earned outside of driving, including incentive payments, referral payments, and “join and support” payments. Include the total income from both tax forms on your tax return.

What deductions can I claim for 2022? ›

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  • car expenses, including fuel costs and maintenance.
  • travel costs.
  • clothing expenses.
  • education expenses.
  • union fees.
  • home computer and phone expenses.
  • tools and equipment expenses.
  • journals and trade magazines.
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Do you need private hire insurance for Uber? ›

What type of insurance do Uber drivers need? Uber drivers need private hire insurance. This covers you for pre-booked rides only, as opposed to public hire taxi insurance.

How much is Uber insurance South Africa? ›

Non medical expense cover as a result of hospitalisation. For driver partners: R 300/day and delivery partners: R 100/day, up to 30 days.

How much do Uber drivers make? ›

Average Uber Driver Earnings. The average Uber driver earns between $8.55 and $11.77 per hour. Those figures will vary when influenced by the factors we have discussed, such as the particular Uber service provided, Uber's pricing schematics, and the number of hours worked in total by the driver.

What kind of car do I need for Uber black? ›

Uber Black vehicles must be in mint condition. They must also, as the name implies, have both a black interior and exterior. The interior must be leather or vegan leather. The vehicle must also have four independently opening doors, and comfortably seat 4+ passengers (excluding the driver).

Do I need insurance for Uber eats bicycle? ›

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Delivering with a bicycle is an excellent option as you will get some good exercise while earning money – and that's certainly something you miss out on when working with a car, scooter, or motorbike. Plus, you don't need liability insurance for the vehicle.

What is commercial insurance mean? ›

Commercial business insurance is coverage for businesses and corporations, generally designed to cover the business, its employees and ownership. Since there are so many types of businesses with different needs and situations, commercial insurance can come in many shapes, sizes and colors.

Why is food delivery insurance so expensive? ›

If you use your vehicle for takeaway delivery, you'll being on the roads more often, driving during rush hour periods and also in the dark. Add to this that you'll be under considerable pressure to deliver on time, and it's easy to see why food courier insurance costs more than standard vehicle insurance.

Which is better Uber or bolt? ›

Bolt also outperforms in terms of safety, owing to its in-app SOS option and 24/7 help for any other difficulties. It's difficult to argue that Uber is still the finest option for ride-hailing in the city. It has more drivers, so riders have a better chance of finding a suitable ride quickly.

Is it cheaper to Uber or have your own car? ›

According to the same AAA report, owning a car can set you back $10,663 on average. Compare this to the average Uber price, coming in at $0.80 per mile. Assuming you'll travel 10,000 miles per year (a common average for commuters), you'll pay about $8,000 a year, making Uber slightly cheaper.

Does Uber have life insurance? ›

Uber Life Insurance

There is no life insurance.

Is driving Uber worth it 2022? ›

Uber drivers earned an average of $13.76 per trip in the first quarter, while Lyft drivers brought in $13.03 per trip. Once again, gross earnings steadily went up over the first three months of 2022. Uber drivers earned $12.53 per trip in January, and $13.32 in February.

Who pays more Uber or Lyft? ›

Who pays more? According to a recent survey of close to 1200 drivers, rideshare platforms revealed that Lyft drivers averaged around $17.50 per hour, close to $2 more per hour than Uber drivers. Lyft and Uber drivers earn approximately the same average per month, but the tips and earnings per trip are higher for Lyft.

Is working for Uber worth it? ›

For most side hustlers, Uber is worth it. But alternatives to driving with Uber are on the rise. Finally how much is Uber worth depends from your ability to be a successful driver. Your earnings are a result of smart work and strategies to save money.

Is driving Uber black worth it? ›

The greatest thing about driving UberBLACK is that you can make a great deal of money in a short period of time. For instance, depending on the city and traffic conditions as well as the distance of the trip, you can make anywhere from $100 – $200 in an hour.

Do you have to wear a suit for Uber black? ›

Uber and Lyft do not enforce a dress code for their drivers, hence it is up to each driver's discretion what to wear.

What is the difference between Uber taxi and Uber black? ›

If UberX is the app-based equivalent of a cab, then Uber Black is the company's answer to a professional driver. If you book this service, you can expect all the comforts of having your own driver, as well as a more luxurious car. Of course, Uber Black adds an additional premium to your fare, too.

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