Uber and other ridesharing services provide a popular way to get around Miami and other cities in South Florida. Affordable and easy to use, Uber passengers have abandoned more traditional taxicab services in favor of these advantages.
Despite their popularity, rideshare services do not always offer the same level of safety as taxis do, due to a lack of regulation. Consequently, you may face a higher risk of accident and injury when you choose this mode of transportation.
Even without the extra regulations, Uber does provide commercial insurance to protect passengers who sustain injuries while on a trip. However, this insurance only provides coverage during the times a driver is “on app.”
If you sustained serious injuries in a rideshare crash, you can make a claim for compensation. An Uber accident lawyer in Miami, FL, can help you fight for the financial settlement you deserve.
To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a case review.
Can You File an Insurance Claim for an Uber Accident?
The same laws that allow you to pursue compensation for a regular car accident apply to rideshare services like Uber. You can file an insurance claim—or a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary—to get compensation for your injuries. The only challenge involves establishing who has liability for the accident.
Uber drivers operate as independent contractors rather than employees of the company. They must carry their own personal auto insurance. Uber also provides a substantial liability policy, but it only offers coverage when the driver has a fare or is on their way to pick up a rider.
If you were riding in an Uber at the time of your wreck, the company’s liability coverage should apply. If an Uber driver struck you or your vehicle, the responsible party will depend on whether the driver had a fare at the time. If so, Uber’s policy should pay. If not, however, you will likely have to pursue compensation from the driver’s personal policy.
If Uber attempts to deny your claim by citing the independent contractor status of its drivers, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit.
Having a lawyer to represent you can help you negotiate this complex process. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine provides aggressive legal representation to Miami clients who sustained injuries in an Uber accident.
How Do We Determine the Value of Your Uber Accident Claim?
Our legal team will determine the dollar value of your rideshare claim based on these factors:
- Your medical care costs to date;
- Your lost wages to date;
- Any other miscellaneous expenses;
- Vehicle repair or replacement, if necessary;
- Projected future medical costs;
- Projected future lost wages;
- Other future expenses;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
To document your costs to date, we will obtain copies of your doctor and hospital bills, ambulance and emergency room costs, medication expenses, and receipts for medical devices. We will obtain wage statements from your employer to substantiate lost wages and benefits.
If the rideshare driver struck your vehicle, we will include any costs necessary to tow, repair, or replace it.
To accurately project your future costs, we will obtain statements from your doctors and, potentially, testimony from other medical experts who can reliably discuss your prognosis for recovery. Projecting your future income loss can also provide a challenge, particularly if your injuries will prevent you from returning to work for an extended period.
Although no monetary settlement can truly reimburse you for a serious injury, fair financial compensation will enable you to get the treatment you need and keep a roof over your head. It will also send a clear message to Uber and other rideshare services and drivers, hopefully helping prevent future injury accidents.
How Will Having an Uber Accident Lawyer Benefit You?
When you trust the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to help you with your Uber accident claim, you will benefit from our compassionate and proactive approach and comprehensive resources.
We understand the complexities of locating and analyzing the facts and evidence related to your accident, so we can quickly and accurately identify the at-fault party or parties. This allows us to build your claim and submit it to the appropriate insurance company immediately, to help you obtain a more timely settlement payout.
We protect your legal rights and ensure that the insurance company provides a fair settlement offer commensurate with the extent and severity of your injuries.
We will work tirelessly for you, to ensure we answer all your questions and explain your options. We will fight to get you every dollar you deserve for your Uber accident and injuries.
If the insurance company refuses to offer an acceptable settlement or denies liability, we will build a strong and persuasive case to present on your behalf in court. We will work hard to demonstrate negligence and prove liability.
How Will a Lawyer Prove Liability?
To establish liability for your damages, we must prove the at-fault party’s negligence. To do this, we must show:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care;
- They breached their duty of care;
- This breach caused your Uber accident and injuries; and
- You suffered damages in the crash.
We will collect the evidence necessary to prove these details in your case. We may use a police report, eyewitness testimony, surveillance camera or dash cam video, and other proof to show who caused the crash. Once we collect adequate documentation of your damages, we will approach the responsible party’s insurance company for compensation.
You Can Consult an Uber Accident Lawyer in Miami for Free.
If you sustained injuries in an Uber accident in Miami, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today. We understand how important it is for you to get good medical care, so you can focus on healing. We also know how frightening and upsetting it can be to try to obtain a fair settlement from an insurance company.
We can handle every aspect of your case, leaving you with fewer worries and more time to focus on getting your life back. Contact us today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free case evaluation with an Uber accident lawyer in Miami.