Along with the rising number of Uber drivers in Florida, comes a rising number of accidents involving the service. What options do passengers have if they are injured while using a rideshare service like Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar?
Passenger Safety May Be At Risk With Uber Type Services
Rideshare services like Uber pay their drivers based on the distance they drive or the number of rides they provide in one day. Under this type of arrangement, drivers who transport more passengers or make more trips stand to make more money. This can lead to speeding and other types of risks as drivers attempt to complete trips quicker.
Complicating matters is the fact that Uber drivers are essentially independent contractors. They are not employed by Uber which means they do not receive professional training on either driving or transporting passengers, are not subject to the same passenger transportation requirements as taxi companies, for example, and must carry their own auto insurance.
In many cases, Uber drivers don’t have adequate insurance to cover passengers in the event of an accident. Uber does provide alternative bodily injury coverage for drivers but it has strict limitations on passenger compensation.
Pursuing Damages As An Uber Passenger
If an accident with injuries occurs, Uber passengers should consult an Uber accident attorney to evaluate their options. In many situations, damages will be subject to a complex payout system involving both Uber’s insurance provider and the driver’s insurance company.
Further complicating the situation is the likelihood of Uber’s insurers and the driver’s insurers to challenge passenger claims or offer settlements that are far less than what the injured party needs.
The best way to fight these tactics and receive adequate compensation is for passengers to secure professional legal representation. Much like other types of car accident cases, recovering compensation in an Uber accident requires proving liability and establishing damages and then going up against insurance companies to fight for your right to compensation. This is where the help of an experienced Uber accident attorney becomes vital.
At The Fighter Law Firm, we work on Uber passenger injury cases to help passengers receive compensation for their injuries so they can focus on recovering and not on the financial strain the injuries have caused in their lives. We work with victims to achieve settlements out of court but have the trial experience to go to court, if necessary.
If you have been in involved in an Uber accident contact The Fighter Law Firm for a free consultation.
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