According to Bloomberg Second Measure, Uber dominates the rideshare app space with a 72% market share. Lyft, the second-most-popular rideshare app, lags far behind – it only holds 28% of the market. Uber’s popularity doesn’t protect it from car accidents, though. These accidents are as consequential as any other accident on the roadway.
If you were in an Uber accident and believe another party was at fault, a Fort Pierce Uber accident lawyer from our team can represent you. We’ll advise you on your options and do everything in our power to pursue fair compensation on your behalf. You may deserve reimbursement for your financial and emotional losses.
What Is an Uber Accident Claim Worth?
Uber accidents are considered personal injury cases. They are subject to similar damages as slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice, among others.
Damages represent the different types of losses in an Uber accident case. They are split into two different categories.
Non-economic damages will reimburse you for your emotional suffering and may include:
- Pain and suffering: Car accidents can be traumatic. You could be reimbursed for the pain and suffering your accident caused.
- Loss of consortium: Some Uber accidents lead to a wrongful death. Florida Statutes § 768.21 allows claimants to pursue compensation after losing a close personal relationship.
Economic damages are purely financial. These are the types of economic damages you may pursue:
- Medical expenses: According to the National Safety Council, the average economic cost of a non-disabling injury car accident in the U.S. is $29,200. For disabling injuries, the number skyrockets to $101,000. Medical costs may include ambulance transportation, surgery, medication, and rehabilitative therapy.
- Property damages: Car accidents often result in damaged vehicles. The cost of your car repairs can be included in your damages total.
- Lost wages: Debilitating car accidents aren’t only expensive; they can also leave you unable to work. Your present and future lost wages are another damage you can pursue.
Our Fort Pierce Uber accident lawyers will aggressively pursue these damages. If your accident involved the passing of a loved one, we extend our deepest condolences. Our team can represent wrongful death clients, too. We’ll make sure you and your family are taken care of.
How Much Will I Receive, Though?
The value of your Uber accident case is contingent on the type and severity of the damages available. These damages vary from case to case and are impacted by:
- Whether or not the responsible driver was carrying third-party liability insurance
- Whether or not your case involves a lawsuit
- The context of your case and its associated medical expenses
Given this variability, it’s difficult to estimate the value of an Uber accident case without an in-depth evaluation. Our team will work to help you understand the potential value of your case. Knowledge is power – if you know what your case is worth, you can avoid unfair settlement offers.
Uber May Provide Insurance Coverage After An Accident
Uber provides its drivers with third-party liability insurance. This type of insurance could cover your damages if an Uber driver was responsible for your accident. However, the context of your accident will affect the degree of coverage Uber provides.
- If the driver wasn’t using the app at the time of the accident: No coverage applies. You’ll have to communicate with their personal insurer. You may also file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
- If the driver was using the app while waiting for an assignment: Up to $100,000 in bodily injury and $25,000 in property damages per accident may apply.
- If the driver was on the way to pick up a passenger or carrying passengers: Up to $1,000,000 in coverage may apply.
Between a claim with the liable party and your PIP coverage, insurance may sufficiently cover your damages. However, if this coverage isn’t adequate, our team is prepared to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
We Will Negotiate With the Uber Accident Insurers
Insurance negotiations are riskier than most people realize. Whether you’re dealing with your own car insurance company or the liable party’s insurer, it may work against you. The insurance company’s goal is to save money, not provide you with a fair settlement. They’ll watch what you say like a hawk. One wrong statement or phrase could reduce your settlement offer.
We will manage this process by:
- Helping you reply to insurance company emails
- Identifying and protecting you from bad-faith insurance offers
- Negotiating for the best settlement possible
- Communicating with the liable party’s insurer
We Will Gather the Facts of Your Uber Accident
Evidence is critical to any personal injury case. Without clear evidence, you can’t identify the party responsible for your injuries. Uber accident cases hinge on this identification of negligence. Your Fort Pierce Uber accident attorney will sift through your accident’s evidence, including:
- Police and crash reports
- Your medical expenses – these will show the extent of your damages
- Images or videos of the crash or accident scene
- Eyewitness statements and interviews
- Crash expert statements
Who Can I Pursue for Damages After an Uber Accident?
There are multiple potentially liable parties in an Uber accident. They include:
- An Uber driver
- Another driver
- A car manufacturer – if a vehicle malfunction contributed to your accident
Your Fort Pierce Uber accident attorney will use the aforementioned evidence to identify who caused your injuries. To claim that another party was negligent in an Uber accident case, you must establish the four elements of negligence:
- They were responsible for keeping you safe from harm
- They behaved negligently
- This negligence caused your Uber accident
- The accident left you with verifiable damages
We’ll handle this aspect of your case, so you can focus on healing from your injuries. While you rest, we’ll do the heavy lifting.
You Have a Limited Time to Act After an Uber Accident
Uber accidents are time-sensitive. Per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), you usually have four years after an accident to file a lawsuit. This statute of limitations shrinks to two years if your case involves a wrongful death.
While uncommon after car accidents, lawsuits can be useful bargaining chips during insurance negotiations. Similarly, preparing an Uber accident case is time-consuming – the more time we have to gather evidence, the better.
For these reasons, we encourage you to get started on your case as soon as possible. We want you to have the best possible shot at securing a settlement.
Let Our Team Handle Your Uber Accident Claim Or Lawsuit
Our Fort Pierce Uber accident lawyers work on contingency; you don’t have to pay us a cent upfront for our services. We care about the betterment of our clients. For us, peace of mind is as important as receiving a settlement. We’ll provide you with your lawyer’s direct phone number, so you can receive prompt answers to all your questions.
Call our offices for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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