Car accidents leave their victims grappling with uncertain (if not frightening) futures. How are you going to keep up with bills? When will you be able to get back to work? Will you ever be able to return to the life you once knew?
Uber accidents lead to another unanswered question: who is responsible?
If you suffered an accident after using the Uber (or another) ridesharing app, work with an Uber accident lawyer to seek compensation for your injuries.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we help victims who suffered injuries during what should have been safe, uneventful Uber rides. We also help pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists struck by rideshare vehicles.
Expenses add up quickly following an accident. Do not wait until you reach the end of your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to speak with an Uber accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL about your legal rights and options.
For a free legal consultation with a uber accidents lawyer serving Fort Lauderdale, call (800) 747-3733
How will You Afford a Lawyer From our Team?
A car accident can come with a host of unexpected expenses. We do not want the cost of hiring a lawyer to be one of them, which is why we work on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, it costs you nothing upfront to partner with our team. We do not charge hourly rates or retainers, either. We take payment from the final settlement we get for you.
We love going the extra mile for our clients. If we do not win your case, then you do not pay our attorney’s fees.
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How Long do You Have to File Your Potential Lawsuit?
The state of Florida gives you four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit, per Florida Statutes §95.11. However, per Florida Statutes §95.051, some exceptions could give you more time to act, like if:
- The at-fault driver left the scene of the accident.
- The at-fault driver gave you a false name or otherwise tried to hide their true identity.
- You were injured as someone under the age of 18 years old.
- A disability prevented you from filing your case.
Our law firm can determine how much time you have to act under the statute of limitations. The American Bar Association (ABA) warns that if you do not file your case on time, you risk losing the chance to recover compensation.
Examples of Recoverable Damages in a Fort Lauderdale Uber Accident Case
Recovering full compensation requires a careful analysis of the accident’s impact on your life. It may also require the special testimony of qualified experts in certain fields to establish the extent of your injuries, earning capacity, and other facts.
If another party is liable for your injuries, you could recover:
- Past/ongoing medical expenses
- Future medical expenses for chronic or permanent injuries (within a reasonable degree of medical certainty)
- Pain and suffering (past and future)
- Emotional distress
- Prescription and/or over-the-counter medications
- Durable medical equipment
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Accessibility accommodations
- Medical equipment, like crutches or wheelchairs
- Property damages costs
- Lost wages (even if victim used vacation time or sick leave)
- Loss of future earning potential (including retirement losses)
The spouse of an injured victim may also recover compensation for loss of consortium. Compensation may also be available to both surviving family members and the deceased victim’s estate in cases involving wrongful death.
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We Can Determine Fault, Negligence, and Liability
If a rideshare driver’s negligence caused your damages, Uber could be liable for negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent monitoring, or negligent retention. These theories depend on whether Uber could have foreseen the harm. If Uber knew or should have known of a driver’s dangerous tendencies, it could be liable for the accident.
Following an Uber accident, it is essential to obtain as much available data as possible about the rideshare driver. A Transportation Network Company (TNC), like Uber, must maintain driver records for at least one year following the driver’s departure from the TNC.
At a minimum, a claimant’s attorney should request the following data:
- The at-fault driver’s full driving record
- Any passenger/customer complaints or other negative feedback (whether recorded through the app itself, in another online forum, or offline)
- Safety inspection reports and vehicle maintenance records
- In-vehicle monitoring reports
The preservation of data is important in these types of cases. Uber is also subject to Florida’s Consumer Protection statutes. These laws protect consumers from misrepresentations, deceptive advertising, and unfair trade practices.
The Rideshare Driver’s Status Affects Liability
Since July 1, 2017, Florida Statutes §624.748 provides that Uber is not a so-called “common carrier” in Florida. This means that Uber does not owe passengers the same heightened duties of care that limousine drivers, taxicabs, city buses, or airlines owe.
Nevertheless, those injured while taking an Uber or third parties (like a pedestrian or other drivers) injured by Uber drivers may be eligible to file a claim with the rideshare company’s insurance policy.
The coverage available under Uber’s insurance policy depends on the driver’s status at the time of the wreck.
What Happens if the Rideshare Driver was Awaiting a Request?
Uber’s liability policy covers third parties injured by the Uber driver while he or she is available for passengers but waiting for a request. The liability coverage in this scenario is $50,000/$100,000 for bodily injury liability and $25,000 for property damage liability.
Who is Liable if the Rideshare Driver was Going to Pick up a Passenger?
In this scenario, Uber’s policy covers drivers for their liability to third parties and for injuries drivers suffer because of uninsured drivers. The coverage is $1 million in total liability coverage.
What if the Rideshare Driver Had a Passenger in Their Vehicle?
The same form of coverage above applies if the Uber driver was transporting a passenger.
What if the Rideshare Driver was Not Actively Using the App?
If the driver was not using the Uber app and unavailable to pick up passengers, then the driver’s personal insurance policy covers any accidents.
Coverage for accidents involving ride-sharing vehicles, like Uber, can be complex. Many people find it confusing. If you were injured as an Uber driver, Uber passenger, or a third party, please call us today.
Do Not Wait to Speak with an Uber Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
Help is a phone call away at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Call our personal injury lawyer now to begin your free case review.