Motorcyclists Endangered by Distracted Uber and Lyft Drivers
Distracted Uber drivers: They have a bad reputation and with good reason. While distracted driver behavior already contributed to a death in an autonomous-driving car case that resulted in a fatality, it’s equally true that distracted drivers, regardless of the type of vehicle, are more at risk to motorcycles than to any other type of vehicle.
Motorcycle drivers are already at a higher risk of accidents than other types of vehicles. For every 100,000 motorcycle drivers each year, about 72 will suffer an accident. This makes an accident five times more likely if you’re driving a motorcycle than a car.
Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than most cars. They are harder for many drivers to see to begin with. Add distracted drivers, including drivers who have spent too many hours on the road, into the equation, and you may have a recipe for disaster!
How to Proceed if You’re Involved in a Motorcycle Accident With an Uber Driver
Accidents involving an Uber driver can cause devastation for many reasons—including that Uber drivers often drive bigger vehicles. These vehicles must have space for between five and eight passengers, including the driver, which means that they’ll pose a greater hazard to motorcycles and their riders than smaller vehicles. If you were in a motorcycle accident with an Uber driver, learn how to proceed—especially with Florida’s no-fault laws.
Proper Behavior Starts at the Accident Scene
If you’re in a motorcycle crash with an Uber driver, start at the scene. Make sure that you contact emergency personnel immediately. Summon a police officer to the scene and make sure that an ambulance comes to transport you to the hospital if needed. You should also:
- Should your injuries allow it, take photos of the scene, including damage to your vehicle and any injuries.
- Collect insurance and contact information from other drivers involved in the crash or from any witnesses. You may also want to collect contact information from the Uber driver’s passenger, since they may be key witnesses later.
- Avoid statements like, “I’m fine” and “It’s not your fault.” You don’t want to limit your potential for future claims related to your accident. Note that many Uber drivers use dash cams and other recording devices on a regular basis, so you’ll want to be particularly careful about what you say at the scene of the accident.
Seek immediate medical attention—especially if it’s evident that you’re injured! Nothing is more important than protecting your overall health and well-being in the aftermath of an accident. You can always take care of other important details later.
Seek Proper Medical Car for Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that your personal injury protection insurance is responsible for paying for the immediate expenses associated with your accident, including your medical care, lost wages, and damages to your vehicle. In Florida, you’re required to carry a minimum of $10,000 protection for yourself in order to operate a motor vehicle, including a motorcycle.
When seeking medical care for any injuries received at the scene of the accident, this is important for one key reason: it will be your insurance company that’s responsible for paying for those initial medical bills. When you’re at the hospital, this means that you’ll need to provide your insurance information and expect it to be billed accordingly.
Don’t Sign on the Dotted Line After a Motorcycle Accident
Shortly after your accident, the insurance company of the Uber driver will probably contact you—either the insurance belonging specifically to the driver of the vehicle or the insurance belonging to Uber as a whole. Often, they’ll want you to sign for a settlement. This settlement may seem tempting at first, especially if the insurance company says it’s adding in extra money for pain and suffering or other key elements. Don’t sign on the dotted line when you’re first given an offer, however. You may have suffered more severe injuries than you anticipated, or the costs are greater than you thought.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’re in a motorcycle accident with an Uber driver, work with a lawyer to receive the compensation you’re due. Florida’s no-fault law still may require the driver who caused the accident to compensate you, including:
- Permanent injury or disability
- Death of a loved one
- Instances where total damages, including medical expenses and lost wages, total more than $10,000 or the amount covered by your personal injury protection insurance
Note that property damage is a separate issue from medical coverage and you will need to deal with it accordingly.
Florida’s no-fault laws may make it difficult for you to receive the coverage and compensation you need if you’re in a motorcycle accident with an Uber driver. Uber and other ridesharing services have unique laws and policies that govern how they will pay damages in the event of an accident, and having a lawyer on your side will make it easier for you to make your way through that maze of coverage. With the help of a lawyer at Dolman Law Group, you’ll significantly increase the odds that you’ll get the protection and coverage you need.
Call Dolman Law After an Uber Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident involving an Uber driver, make sure that you get the help you need and the compensation you’re due! The attorneys of Dolman Law Group can provide you with the experience of years of successful litigation that have attained settlements and verdicts for our clients. Insurance companies want you to try and handle your claim on your own so that they can try every trick in the book to pay as little as possible while you suffer through your injury. When you hire Dolman Law Group as your legal representation you are hiring a firm with the resources and experience of a larger firm without sacrificing the close communication and working relationship you can expect from a smaller one.
Contact us today at (727) 451-6900 to schedule a free consultation, or to learn how we can help represent you after your accident. You have enough to deal with in the aftermath of your accident. Make sure that you have the support you need!
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