Rideshare accidents are not your typical car accidents. Victims injured in these collisions face a host of insurance complexities, rules governing fault, and ever-evolving laws trying to keep up with a growing industry. If you are battling injuries from an Uber car accident (or another ridesharing company like Lyft), you may be entitled to collect monetary compensation.
An Aventura Uber accident lawyer at Dolman Law Group is ready to help. We offer a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and get you on the road to financial recovery.
Recovering Fair Damages for Your Aventura Accident-Related Injuries
That road begins with assessing your injuries. Our auto accident law firm considers all possible injuries you could have suffered in your Uber car accident in Aventura or surrounding areas. This means that we aren't just looking to see if you have medical bills--we're checking for any pain and suffering you may be experiencing that qualifies for compensation under Florida law and other states we serve.
You could secure a financial recovery if you suffered damages like:
- Medical bills
- Missing income from time off work
- Reduced ability to earn
- Car repair or replacement
- Replacement services
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Ongoing pain
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
- Other pain and suffering
Aventura Uber accident victims can recoup damages for pain and suffering under Florida Statutes § 627.737(2) if one of the following thresholds is met:
- Significant and permanent loss of a bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Pain and suffering damages are only available to motor vehicle accident victims under certain conditions. However, our Uber accident lawyers can measure your injuries against the legal requirements. We want to make sure you are compensated fairly.
You Could Recover Compensation From Uber's Insurance Coverage
The compensation you receive will depend on several key factors, such as:
- Who is at-fault
- The insurance coverage held by you or the at-fault party
- The severity of your injuries
- The extent of your losses
Florida Statutes § 627.748 (7) requires a rideshare driver or the rideshare company, also known as a Transportation Network Company (TNC), to carry multiple types of insurance. Uber provides accident coverage based on the driver's status at the time of the car crash. There are three periods of time in which coverage for Uber drivers change.
When Uber Drivers in Aventura Are Offline
After an Uber driver has logged into the platform on their smartphone, they are officially on duty. At that point, the driver is ready to take ride requests, and Uber's liability insurance covers him or her. Coverage under this period is limited to:
When the Driver is Online and Waiting for Requests
After an Uber driver has logged into the platform on their smartphone, they are officially on duty. At that point, the driver is ready to take ride requests and he or she is covered by Uber's liability insurance. Coverage under this period is limited to:
- $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person
- $100,000 for death and bodily injury per incident
- $25,000 property damage
- $10,000 for personal injury protection (PIP) in Florida
When the Driver is Engaged in a Ride
If the Uber driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to a passenger or carrying one, he or she is covered by Uber's third-party liability insurance in the amounts of:
- $1,000,000 for death, bodily injury, and property damage
- $2500 in comprehensive coverage (if they have this coverage already)
- $2500 in collision coverage (if they have this coverage already)
Limitations of Uber Insurance Protection That Affect Victims in Aventura
Unfortunately, Uber does not provide PIP to the Uber driver while engaged in a ride in Florida. When it comes to PIP, Florida requires the same of rideshare companies as they do limousine services: nothing.
Florida limousine companies are not required to have personal injury protection, and thus, neither are TNCs. That poses some issues for drivers, particularly if they are not at-fault and the other driver does not have bodily liability insurance.
Uber does Not Carry Underinsured/Uninsured Coverage
Another unfortunate development is that Uber also quietly snuffed out its uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in Florida in 2020. This means that neither the Uber driver nor Uber passengers are covered if a third-party at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
Uber previously maintained this insurance protection. As the UM/UIM coverage was never required under Florida law to begin with, there was nothing forced them to keep it.
Victims of Uber accidents in Aventura and around Florida should not panic. You still have options. An Uber accident attorney at our firm will carefully evaluate the specific circumstances. We will determine a viable path forward for drivers and passengers involved in a collision with an uninsured, at-fault driver.
Liable Parties in Aventura Uber Accidents
Rideshare car accidents often involve multiple vehicles and at-fault parties. This means multiple liable individuals and entities. Sometimes you may even be able to collect compensation from them all. Potentially liable parties in an Uber accident include:
- Uber driver
- Third-party driver
- Car manufacturers
- Car dealerships
- Auto body repair shop
- Local government
- Private property or business owners
The laws regarding liability in auto accidents, particularly in rideshare accidents, can be confusing. Don't fret. Our legal team knows how to apply the law, take charge of your case, and get you the compensation you need.
You Could Miss the Statute of Limitations If You Wait
Building a compelling case takes time and resources, both of which our law offices can dedicate to you. However, waiting too late to contact an attorney could jeopardize your right to compensation.
Per Florida Statutes § 95.11, personal injury cases like rideshare car accidents generally have a four-year filing deadline if you wish to file a lawsuit. While we aim to settle every case, our personal injury lawyers don't back down from a trial.
We Secure Fair Results for Our Personal Injury Clients
Advocacy is the name of the game for our law firm. We have handled countless Uber accident claims in recent years. Some our settlements and judgments for auto accidents include:
- $3.2 million for semi-truck accidents
- $1 million for a rideshare wrongful death accident
- $939,000 for a rideshare accident caused by drunk driver
Dolman Law Group offers a specialized approach to rideshare accidents. Call (954) 302-7068 to speak to an Aventura lawyer's team today. We'll tell you your rights, responsibilities, and options for securing fair compensation in an Uber accident case.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
20803 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 101,
Aventura, FL 33180
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