Since its founding in 2009, Uber has grown exponentially, employing 5.4 million drivers worldwide. However, the rise of ridesharing is accompanied by an increase in accidents. An Uber accident can be complicated and stressful, primarily when your injuries affect your quality of life, including your ability to work. As your medical bills pile up, you may wonder who will pay for your damages and how you can hold negligent parties accountable.
To navigate the legal complexities that follow a collision, you need to hire an Uber accident lawyer from Kogan & DiSalvo with a track record of maximizing claims. Contact us for a free consultation, and we will be happy to review your case and answer any questions you may have about liability.
Is Uber Liable for Accidents?
Liability depends on several factors. Uber’s million-dollar liability policy kicks in when:
- Uber drivers are dropping off or picking up a passenger
- Uber drivers have the app engaged while waiting to pick up a passenger
- Uber drivers with passengers in their vehicles
If the app is turned off, the Uber driver’s personal insurance policy would likely cover damages from an accident. They must carry their own insurance, which in Florida is at least $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage.
Will My Insurance Cover Me?
Multiple insurance entities are often involved in rideshare accidents. Determining which one is liable to pay for your damages is confusing. However, since Florida is a no-fault state, you could also receive compensation from your personal insurance provider.
Common Uber Accident Injuries
- Neck/whiplash injuries: The sudden jerking motion caused by a car crash stretches the neck muscles and often results in whiplash—which can take months to heal.
- Broken bones: Fractures and breaks are common in a car accident.
- Spinal cord damage: Spinal cord injuries can affect every area of your life. After a spinal cord injury, recovering compensation is essential.
- Head injuries: Head injuries ranging from minor concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common among Uber accident victims.
If you have been injured, you deserve fair compensation for your damages. Seek medical attention immediately and contact a trusted Florida car accident lawyer.
Compensation in a Rideshare Accident Case
Accidents are traumatic and costly. Ensure your lawyer knows how to investigate your case and pursue compensation to cover costs such as:
- Medical expenses incurred due to the accident
- Lost wages or earnings from missed work or an inability to work
- Loss of future income
- Property damages, as applicable
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
When you suffer severe injuries from an Uber or another driver’s negligence, you need a lawyer with experience dealing with rideshare accident claims.
Steps to Take After an Uber Accident
The moments after an Uber accident are critical. Here are essential steps to take in the aftermath:
- Get insurance and contact information from all relevant parties.
- Take as many photographs as possible of the scene, the vehicle damage, and your injuries.
- Contact the police to file an accident report and request a copy.
- Seek proper medical care immediately.
- Contact a Florida rideshare accident lawyer for a case evaluation to understand your legal options.
Note that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida has been lowered from four years to two years.
Contact Us at Kogan & DiSalvo for a Free Consultation
Our Uber accident lawyers are adept at navigating the complex world of rideshare liability and insurance coverage in Florida. When our clients reach out to us for help, we take that seriously. We’ll focus on pursuing maximum compensation so that you can focus on your health. Contact us today for a free consultation; there’s no obligation to hire us. In addition, we work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.