Ridesharing services such as Uber provide a valuable service. They can help you avoid the expenses associated with driving and provide a safe alternative to getting home after a night out drinking.
At the same time, Uber accidents are just as likely to happen as any other type of car crash or collision. At GED Lawyers, our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers will help you hold those at fault responsible, so you can get the compensation you need to recover in a claim.
If your rideshare accident case is successful, you could be entitled to various types of financial compensation. Our Boca Raton Uber accident lawyers could recoup the cost of your medical care, pay off the expenses related to your damaged vehicle, and be compensated for your physical and emotional pain. Let our Boca Raton car accident lawyers fight for the compensation you need after a car accident.
Cases Our Boca Raton Uber Accident Attorneys Represent
When Uber was first introduced in 2009, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed a general decline in car crashes and collisions. Uber and other ridesharing providers were credited with being at least partly responsible for reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road.
In recent years, these numbers have increased again, surpassing the previous figures. Today, the high number of Ubers on the road and negligence on the part of drivers or the companies they work for are being blamed.
At GED Lawyers, our Boca Raton rideshare accident lawyers protect the rights of people who were injured as a result of ridesharing accidents, helping them get the compensation they are entitled to in an Uber accident claim. Common types of cases our Boca Raton attorneys represent include:
- Single vehicle Uber accidents involving collisions with fixed objects
- Car accidents involving Uber drivers and other motorists
- Injuries during travel caused by sudden stops or being jolted from your seat
- Injuries due to altercations with Uber drivers or other passengers
- Uber accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians
Any time an Uber accident occurs due to the negligence of another person, financial compensation could be possible. Your attorney could evaluate the factors in your case to determine if you are entitled to a monetary award. Never assume your accident will not serve as the basis for a strong injury case. Our firm could help you understand the strength of your case, as well as what it might be worth.
Get Compensation You Are Entitled to After an Uber Accident in Florida
Uber accidents in Florida can often be traced to the reckless behavior of drivers and negligent practices on the part of the company. This includes not properly vetting employees and not disciplining drivers after accidents or traffic infractions. When you suffer injuries as a result, both the driver and the ridesharing company they work for can be held accountable in a claim.
While Uber boasts that it covers drivers and passengers with a $1 million dollar insurance policy, getting the company to pay is a challenge. Uber has teams of attorneys working on their side to defend them against liability. Get our Boca Raton attorneys on yours. At GED Lawyers, we can take the following actions to help you get the compensation you deserve:
- Conducting our own investigation into your case
- Obtaining police reports, witness statements, and other evidence
- Negotiating with Uber and their insurers on your behalf
- Taking them to court if an agreeable settlement cannot be reached
Pursuing Compensation From Uber After an Accident Involving Their Drivers
If you were injured in an Uber accident, your first instinct might be to file a lawsuit against the company. Unfortunately, state law frequently protects rideshare companies like Uber from these lawsuits. Uber treats their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. That means they are not held liable when their drivers are negligent.
Despite this, there are ways to hold Uber accountable. Florida Statutes § 627.748 requires Uber to carry liability insurance for their drivers in many situations. These policies can be worth up to $1 million, but the coverage is not always available.
Uber provides the full value of its coverage in cases where its driver has either accepted a ride or is transporting a paying customer. From the moment the ride is accepted until the point where the driver drops off the passenger, Uber’s policy could pay up to $1 million for bodily injuries or property damage.
Partial coverage is available in cases where the driver has not yet picked up a passenger but is using the app to actively seek one out. When an accident occurs under these circumstances, the maximum benefits available through Uber’s policy are much lower.
If a driver has not accepted a ride from a paying customer and is not using the app to seek out a new trip, they are not considered to be in “driver mode.” Uber does not provide any liability coverage for drivers when they are using their vehicle for personal reasons. This is why it’s important to have underinsured and uninsured coverage.
What Does an Uber Accident Lawyer From Our Firm Cost?
You have plenty to worry about in the aftermath of an Uber accident in Boca Raton. In addition to seeking medical treatment, you could be in a position where you are without transportation and physically unable to work. One of the things you will not have to worry about is the cost of hiring an attorney.
Our firm takes on Uber accident cases using something known as a contingency fee. With this approach, we agree to take on your case without any upfront legal fees. We will keep a percentage of whatever we bring in on your behalf, meaning you will not have to pay us anything unless we are successful in your case. That means our firm carries the risk when we pursue compensation on your behalf.
Contact Our Boca Raton Uber Accident Attorney’s Team Today
Having the right lawyer on your side could make a difference in your personal injury case. At GED Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping you get fair damages in your claim. Call or contact us online to request a consultation today.