Ridesharing apps such as Uber, Lyft, and others have changed the public transportation arena. Thanks to this innovation in transportation, one does not need to own a car to move around easily. However, just as with other cars, Uber rideshares are prone to having road accidents.
If you have been in an Uber accident in the southern Palm Beach County area, our Boca Raton Uber accident lawyer helps Uber passengers and drivers seek a settlement after a crash. You can learn more during a free consultation with a car crash attorney today.
What Compensation Can I Expect After an Uber Accident?
A car accident can leave drivers and passengers with debilitating and life-threatening injuries. An Uber is a vehicle no less, and if you are involved in an accident in one of these, you could sustain severe injuries. The severity of your injuries and your recovery period are some factors that help determine the compensation you could recover after an Uber accident. You might be able to recover damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages, lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
Other non-economic (non-financial damages) you could recover include loss of enjoyment of life, a diminished capacity to work and earn a living, and disability. Our legal team will review all damages from the accident and establish a monetary for your case. We will manage all communications with the liable party's insurer and seek compensation for you.
Am I Eligible for Compensation Following an Uber Accident?
Ride-sharing cases are often complex because determining who's responsible for an accident and its resulting damages depends on various factors. These cases often involve multiple parties and insurers, which is why some people involved in these accidents turn to a personal injury lawyer to help them sort out these matters.
Your accident could involve the driver's personal liability insurance, Uber's rideshare insurance, or even your own insurance coverage. Whether you were a rider or driver, our Boca Raton Uber accident lawyer will help you build your compensation case.
How Our Boca Raton Uber Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
We will review the details of your case and get your side of the story. Once we bring you on as our client, we will:
- Investigate your Uber rideshare accident to find out how the events unfolded
- Gather evidence that supports your claims (e.g., police report, photos, videos, witness statements)
- Review your damages and assess the financial value of your case
- Initiate talks with the liable party's insurer to negotiate a settlement for you
- File a lawsuit on your behalf if we can't reach a settlement
We will manage your case and answer your questions and explain all laws that apply to your case. We will file the paperwork in your case on time and meet all deadlines. If you file your lawsuit in Florida, you have four years from the accident date to do so, per Florida Statutes 95.11(3)(a). While this may seem like a long time, it's never too early to start on your case to ensure you meet the legal deadline before it expires.
Filing a Claim as an Uber Passenger
If you were riding as a passenger in an Uber with a driver who is responsible for an accident, you could file an insurance claim against Uber's insurance policy, as Uber explains. The driver must have been logged into the rideshare app when the crash happened.
If another motorist is involved in a crash with an Uber driver and is at fault for the accident, you will have to file a claim with that driver's insurance company. Our attorney can help you with both claims and explain if or how personal injury protection (PIP) or no-fault insurance applies to your case.
Filing a Claim as an Uber Driver
In Florida, it is the law that you cannot sue Uber for compensation if you are working as a driver with the company. Uber employs drivers on a contractual basis, which means that you cannot enjoy the same legal rights as a regularly employed driver, as Florida Statutes § 440.11 shows. However, this does not mean you cannot sue for compensation for any injuries sustained in an Uber accident.
Uber drivers and passengers can sue for injuries they sustained in an accident, and a personal injury attorney can determine how to go about doing so.
Florida carries personal injury protection (PIP) or no-fault coverage for insurance. Therefore, you may receive compensation for damages to your vehicle from your insurance company if you were not found to be at fault. However, by filing a lawsuit for compensation, your Uber accident lawyer can make your case to the insurer that you are eligible for compensation for any injuries you sustained.
What to Do After an Uber Accident
Getting involved in an accident can be a stressful event. While it is perfectly normal to experience anxiety and uncertainty, here are some steps to take after an Uber accident:
Report Your Boca Raton Uber Accident to Police
You will need an official record of what happened for your insurance claim. Getting a police report from local law enforcement promptly will document the details of the accident, the parties involved, and any observations the responding officers made. You should also report your accident to Uber so the company will know what happened. You might need to present the rideshare company with a police report as well, so get enough copies of it.
Seek Emergency Medical Care
Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident should not wait until the next day. Whether you have any tangible injuries or not, it is advisable to have medical personnel in the hospital give you the all-clear. Additionally, having a medical report will help your Boca Raton Uber accident lawyer during litigation. The report will capture all your injuries and the medical intervention that was involved following your accident.
Document the Accident Scene
Using your cell phone, you can take photos of the accident scene. Include pictures of the insurance documents and the license of the other driver. You may also want to take pictures of the accident scene, traffic conditions, road conditions, etc. If you spot any witnesses, exchange contact details as they may be vital to your case later.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At Dolman Law Group, our Boca Raton Uber accident lawyer knows how a car accident can change your life. We understand that having an attorney on your side can help you seek the compensation you deserve after an Uber accident. Whether you are an Uber driver or passenger, contact us today for a free consultation.
We will sit down with you and listen to the details of your case. We also will review any legal recourse you have with you. Call us today at 561-220-4963 to speak with our legal team. We care about the outcome of your case and will work hard to establish your case for compensation.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
301 Yamato Road, Suite 1240
Boca Raton, Florida 33431