Uber and other rideshare services have become incredibly common in Ocala. If you’re hurt in an Uber accident, you may have the right to financial compensation if someone else caused the crash.
An experienced Ocala Uber accident lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A., can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. If you’re ready to learn more, just call our law offices to schedule a 100% free consultation.
Why Should I Hire an Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer to Handle My Uber Accident Claim?
Any car accident can cause a lot of damage. Even though you have the right to compensation for your losses, it isn’t always easy to get the money you deserve.
Uber accident cases are even more complex. Multiple parties are usually involved.
You’ll probably face challenges from at-fault driver’s insurance company, Uber’s insurance company, and even your own insurance company. Hiring an Ocala personal injury lawyer can make it easier to get fair compensation for your injuries.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our car accident attorneys have decades of experience standing up to insurance companies. We even have licensed insurance adjusters on our staff. Collectively, they have 130+ years of experience in the insurance industry, so we know the tricks the insurance company will use to try to escape liability.
Our accident lawyers in Ocala know how important this money is to you and your family. We’ll invest the time and resources to get the full amount you deserve.
That means we will:
- Listen to your side of the story
- Launch a full investigation into the Uber accident to find out what happened
- Identify all responsible parties and sources of insurance compensation
- Handle all communications with the insurance company and defense lawyers
- Make sure the complex paperwork involved in these cases is accurate, complete, and timely
- Stand up for you when the insurance company tries to blame someone else for the crash
- Work with experts and specialists who can provide insight into what you really deserve
Don’t let the insurance companies off the hook if you were hurt because of someone else’s careless driving. Call a lawyer with a proven track record of successfully handling these types of cases. We’re here to protect your rights every step of the way.
What Causes Uber Accidents in Ocala, FL?
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the U.S. Driver distraction causes countless Uber accidents every year. After all, an Uber or Lyft driver is likely to be looking at their phone to arrange a ride or find a location. Rideshare drivers are also more likely to be unfamiliar with their surroundings as they transport passengers across Ocala.
However, distractions aren’t the only cause of Uber accidents. These crashes can be caused by:
- Running a red light
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Drug use
- Road rage
- Failure to yield
- Defective vehicle parts
- Road conditions
Uber drivers aren’t the only culprits. If your accident was caused by an Uber driver or a third party, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Our lawyers will locate any video surveillance or witnesses who can provide evidence about what caused the accident. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys know the types of evidence insurance companies take seriously. We’re happy to provide more information about how we can help with your specific injury claim.
Common Injuries Sustained By Uber Accident Victims
Never underestimate the severity of injuries sustained in an accident. Uber accident victims often suffer injuries that can disrupt your life entirely. Even a seemingly minor injury can cause pain and require treatment for years to come.
Examples of common Uber accident injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Chest injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A., can help you get the money you need to get back on your feet. Don’t hesitate to call and learn more.
Can I Sue Uber if My Uber Driver Caused the Crash?
Uber drivers are classified as independent contractors, rather than employees. In a typical employment situation, the employer is liable for employees’ negligence. Uber, however, isn’t responsible for the actions of its independent contractors.
For years, this made it extremely difficult for Uber accident victims to recover fair compensation for their injuries. Florida law now requires Uber to carry a generous commercial insurance policy that kicks in if you’re hurt in an Uber accident. Even though you probably can’t sue Uber, you may be entitled to compensation under one of two insurance policies.
The policy coverage depends upon the Uber driver’s status at the time of the accident.
Driver Has Accepted a Passenger
A $1 million commercial insurance policy provides liability coverage if the Uber driver:
- Has a passenger in the vehicle
- Has accepted a passenger’s ride request and is on the way to pick them up
This policy kicks in as soon as the driver accepts the ride. It provides:
- $1 million in bodily injury coverage
- Uninsured motorist coverage
- Contingent collision coverage
Uber’s insurance policy is important because most personal car insurance policies don’t apply if the driver is driving for a profit. Even if the driver has insurance, the insurance company will likely refuse to pay if the driver was using the car to earn money driving.
Driver is Looking for a Passenger
Uber’s insurance also covers accidents caused while the driver has the Uber app turned on and is looking for a passenger. During this time frame, the driver is considered to be working.
That policy provides:
- $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident
- $25,000 in property damage
Uber car insurance provides secondary coverage. That means accident victims are first required to exhaust all other sources of insurance compensation before making a claim with Uber’s insurance company.
If someone who drives for Uber had the app turned off, their own personal auto insurance policy applies. In other words, it’s just like any other car accident claim.
Who Can Be Liable for Injuries Caused By An Uber Accident?
You don’t lose your right to sue all negligent parties just because Uber is involved. As in any car accident case, Florida law lets you recover compensation from anyone whose negligence caused the accident. Liability is divided between everyone responsible for the injuries.
Under Florida’s comparative fault rule, the bigger someone’s role in causing the accident was, the more they’ll be required to pay.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury attorneys will seek compensation from all responsible parties, including:
- The Uber driver
- A negligent passenger in a vehicle
- The at-fault driver in another vehicle
- Truck drivers
- Bus drivers
- Employers of negligent drivers
- Vehicle manufacturers
Our lawyers are always available to provide more detailed information about your case. Just give us a call to schedule your free consultation.
How Long Do I Have to Sue For Damages?
Sometimes you have to file a personal injury lawsuit to get the money you need. Personal injury laws limit the amount of time you have to sue for damages. The Florida statute of limitations gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If the accident was fatal, surviving family members have two years to file an action for wrongful death.
It’s always a good idea to speak with a lawyer quickly after an accident. Even if your injuries will take a long time to heal, we can get started on protecting your rights right away.
Damages Available to Uber Accident Victims in Ocala
Uber passengers generally can’t do much to prevent an accident. You’re completely at the mercy of other drivers–and have to assume that they’ll drive safely. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you have the right to hold the driver who was at fault accountable.
It can take a long time to get your life back together after an Uber accident. You need money to pay your bills and get quality medical care. Fortunately, you have the right to hold the responsible party liable for paying:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Long-term care
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death, including loss of consortium, loss of financial support and compensation for funeral and burial costs
Our lawyers are here to help you get everything you deserve. We highly recommend that you give us a call to learn more if you’ve been hurt and someone else is to blame.
Ready to Learn More? Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Ocala Uber Accident Lawyer Today
Were you or a loved one hurt in an Uber accident? If you’re struggling to make ends meet, call an experienced Ocala Uber accident lawyer to learn more about your right to compensation. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we always offer a free consultation so that you can get the quality legal advice you deserve. We’re ready to take your call, so don’t hesitate to contact our law offices today.