Uber - Rideshare Accident Attorney

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The rideshare service Uber transformed the way people get around. Since the app hit the market in 2009, users have taken millions of rides – disrupting the taxi industry and sparking similar rideshare services like Lyft and Sidecar. While Uber offers great convenience, low prices, and job opportunities, there are also serious safety concerns.

In fact, Uber vehicles can pose serious safety concerns for riders, as vehicles aren’t subject to the same safety and inspection standards with which taxi and limousine companies must often comply. Additionally, liability may fall on multiple parties in the event of an accident. If you’re in an Uber or other rideshare crash in Florida and suffer injuries, reach out to Freedland Harwin Valori, PL, for advice on what to do next.

Ridesharing Services Versus Common Carriers

It is important to note that Uber is not legally considered a common carrier, and each Uber driver is an independent contractor of the company.  This means that Uber’s insurance policy will only cover damages in specific situations.  If the driver was logged into the app and carrying a passenger, or en route to pick up someone, Uber’s insurance is available to you and Uber may also be liable to you in addition to the insurance policy.  An experienced attorney can help analyze the details of your case, and determine how to best proceed.

Understanding Florida Insurance Requirements For Ridesharing Drivers

Uber drivers must carry higher liability insurance minimums than other drivers. Recently passed legislation also requires drivers to obtain $50,000 for bodily injury and death coverage per individual, $100,000 for bodily injury and death per accident, and $25,000 coverage for property damage. These minimums are greater than Florida’s standard vehicle requirements and are designed to provide greater protection for ridesharing services drivers.

Reporting the Crash to Uber

Uber has a one million dollar insurance policy in place to cover accidents. If you were an Uber passenger, Uber’s insurance will for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You may also be able to pursue legal action against the driver, or a third party. As a passenger, a settlement through Uber’s insurer will compensate your damages in most cases. A good lawyer can make sure you are compensated fully and fairly.

Here’s a general overview of the claims process we can assist you with before bringing suit:

  • Report the incident to Uber. Uber allows you to report an accident in app by selecting “Your Trips.” You will see a “Help” tab under this menu. An option titled “I was involved in an accident” should be available under this tab. Use this feature as soon as possible after an accident. If you are unsure of how to describe the events, contact an attorney.
  • Wait for contact from Uber. Uber’s associates will reach out for additional information about your crash and process your claim with the appropriate insurers, likely the aforementioned insurance plan provided by the company. It should take two or three days to hear back form Uber.
  • Weigh your options carefully. A settlement through Uber’s insurance policy may be the best option, but it should always involve the use of an attorney, particularly if serious injuries were involved. Uber and most insurance companies typically offer an amount lower than what an attorney might feel is appropriate for your damages.   Contacting a lawyer is the only way to make sure you are protected.

Speak with our attorneys today for a free evaluation of your specific Uber accident claim. We’ll review your case and make you get the compensation you deserve.

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