We like to think that we’re always safe when trusting a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, but the truth is that accidents can happen at any time and to anyone. Uber is notorious for putting drivers on the road with little-to-no training. And even drivers with decades of experience under their belt can find themselves in an unfortunate position.
Englander Peebles handles a large number of Uber accident claims every year. That number continues to climb along with the average annual payout on their behalf. We handle claims for passengers, pedestrians, and drivers as well. If you were involved in an accident with an Uber driver or are an Uber driver who was involved in an accident, then our Palm City Uber accident lawyers can help.
Our Palm City auto accident lawyers understand how to negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers on your behalf. We will fight to ensure you get the compensation you are owed for your suffering.
Don’t wait to make the call. Pick up the phone and contact our office today at (954) 231-1384. Your initial consultation is free.
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Uber And Lyft Accident Statistics
Rideshare services like Uber have provided more than 11 billion rides since 2010. Unfortunately, there are close to 990 deaths per year involving rideshare services. However, some statistics show that these services have led to a decrease in the total number of vehicle fatalities each year. This is likely because people are now more likely to call an Uber when intoxicated rather than drive themselves and cause an accident.
- Uber alone was involved in 97 fatal crashes resulting in 107 deaths in 2017 and 2018 combined.
- 90 percent of all Uber crashes take place in an urban setting.
- Many of the accidents take place near the pick-up or drop-off location.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Uber/Lyft Accidents?
Uber drivers are susceptible to the same dangers and the same mistakes as any normal person behind the wheel. This means they can fall victim to distracted driving, faulty equipment, and impact with an intoxicated driver. We analyze cases of all sorts to determine exactly what led to the accident and who is at fault. A few common examples of cases we handle include:
- Passenger injury caused by an Uber/Lyft driver.
- Passenger injury caused by a third party.
- Pedestrian/third-party injury caused by an Uber/Lyft driver.
- Uber/Lyft driver injury caused by another driver.
- Uber/Lyft driver injury caused by a third party.
Simply put, if you were in an Uber or a Lyft and were involved in an accident, then we may be able to help. Similarly, if you were involved in an accident that included an Uber or Lyft driver, then we may be able to help as well. We have unique experience dealing with rideshare services and their insurance companies.
Who Can Be Liable for An Uber Accident?
One of the key components of any personal injury claim in Palm City is proving liability. There are generally three different parties that may be found liable in these cases. We then utilize our legal training to secure compensation from the liable party. They are as follows:
This is going to be the first avenue of investigation. As with most vehicular accidents, it is often the driver who assumes liability. The driver is the person who was operating the vehicle and they were expected to do so with a reasonable duty of care. They may have breached this duty of care by driving under the influence, while distracted, or with a complete disregard for safety.
The Rideshare Companies
In some unique cases, the rideshare company itself can be found liable for the accident occurring. Uber and Lyft attempt to distance themselves legally from the responsibilities of their drivers, but we are seeing more and more cases involving the actual company. It’s most common when the driver’s insurance is simply not enough to cover the damages.
Any Related Third Parties
This can include a number of related companies that may have directly or indirectly caused the accident. For example, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be at fault. We will investigate this alongside all potential causes when handling your claim.
The Difference Between Uber Accidents And Normal Car Accidents
While there are many similarities to a traditional accident case, the legalities of rideshare services and their insurance policies lead to noticeable differences. For example, their insurance policy may attempt to make a much smaller settlement based on whether the driver had their app open at the time of the accident.
These accidents involve insurance companies with a lot of legal power and understanding. They are also interested in paying as little as possible. That’s why it is extremely important that you work with our legal professionals along the way to ensure you are paid exactly what you deserve and not what the insurance company wants to pay.
Does Uber Have A $1 Million Insurance Policy For Accidents?
Yes, but this insurance plan is designed to make passengers feel safer than they actually are. The insurance policy is actually broken into three separate parts with different coverage amounts. Exactly which policy they will utilize depends on the activity of the driver and the passenger at the time. The $1 million policy only applies if the driver is available on the app and is currently carrying a passenger. It is more common for accidents to be covered by their smaller policies that range between $25,000 and $50,000.
What Type Of Compensation Can I Seek In An Uber Accident?
The compensation received correlates to a specific type of damage suffered. The damage categories are the same as any personal injury claim in Palm City. They include:
This the most common type and the easiest to understand. It includes all direct financial losses, such as medical bills and vehicle repairs.
This is a more complex type of damage and not as easily quantified. It can include loss of reputation, future loss of work, and emotional damage.
This is a rare form of compensation enforced by a judge as a form of punishment for the defendant. It may appear in cases where the defendant is a repeat offender or if they acted with extreme disregard for safety.
Should I Just Accept A Settlement Offer?
You should never accept a settlement offer without first discussing it with our legal professionals. Chances are, the first settlement offered by an insurance company is only going to be a small fraction of what you are really owed. Remember, an insurance provider is still a business and their primary interest is maintaining their profit margin. That’s why you need legal professionals on your team to fight for what you deserve.
How Much Will An Uber Accident Lawyer Cost?
We do not charge our clients anything upfront. We provide a free consultation at the beginning and handle the case without charge until the very end. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means we are ultimately paid out of the compensation that you receive from the defendant. If you do not take the settlement or win the case, then we are paid nothing. This means there is absolutely no risk involved with using our legal services.
Are There Time Limits For Filing An Uber Accident Claim?
Yes. The statute of limitation for filing an Uber or Lyft accident claim in the state of Florida is four years. This is longer than many other states allow. However, waiting anywhere near this long is inadvisable. It’s in your best interest to contact our office immediately and begin the claims process as soon as you are healthy and able.
Why Do I Need A Palm City Uber Accident Lawyer?
You may be tempted to take on this fight yourself. We highly recommend working with an experienced Uber accident lawyer. At Englander Peebles, we handle all of the tedious aspects of case management as well as the more complex legal tasks. That includes filing the lawsuit, gathering evidence, preparing the case, and negotiating a settlement. Finally, if the settlement is not acceptable, then we will prepare for trial and represent your legal rights in a court of law.
Contact Us for a Free Case Review Today
Every passenger has a right to feel safe when using a rideshare service. You should be able to trust that your driver is operating their vehicle with your safety in mind. But if an accident does happen, you can take comfort in knowing that we are here to help. Our Palm City Uber Accident lawyers are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation. Here at Englander Peebles, we have won millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients. Call us today at (954) 231-1384 for a free case evaluation.