Florida Uber Accident Attorney

The Florida Uber accident attorney at Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. has decades of experience in personal injury law to put behind rideshare accident injury claims and rideshare accident lawsuits. Whether you were a passenger or a third-party vehicle, our firm will hold Uber drivers accountable with applied legal knowledge, admissible evidence, and a time-tested negotiation style.

If Uber and their insurance coverage refuse to pay what your case is worth, our trial-ready team is not afraid to present the facts of your case in civil court. Call Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. now for a free consultation at 1-844-SHARMIN. You are also welcome to message us here regarding your car accident.

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Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. Helps People Injured By Negligent Drivers

Pinpointing the cause of your Uber accident is essential to getting a fair settlement. Like other motor vehicle incidents, Uber accidents can result from a multitude of events. Their occurrence will tell our Uber accident lawyers how to proceed with your rideshare accident case strategy.

Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. will help you obtain compensation if another uber car party engaged in the following:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Negligent driving
  • Poor road maintenance & design
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • And more

Your Florida Uber accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the cause of your rideshare accident. This strategy not only reveals how the car accident occurred but the parties liable. Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. will get to the bottom of your injuries and demand a full and fair settlement on your behalf.

Florida Provides Compensation to the Negligently Injured

Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. has experience representing rideshare accident injuries. If a rideshare company vehicle, uber car, or Lyft driver collides with your vehicle or you suffer from injuries as a rider, our Florida Uber accident attorneys will help you obtain compensation.

Our legal team has helped clients obtain the car accident compensation that reimburses them for:

Award 1. Economic Losses

We can assist you in obtaining compensation for medical expenses and time missed from work due to your injury. Depending on the severity of your case, these losses might reach tens of thousands of dollars. Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. will help you account for every penny owed. Its important to note that the economic losses within a Fort Lauderdale Uber accident or Lyft accident may vary depending on differences in policy.

Award 2. Non-Economic Losses

Severe injuries might have a negative impact on your quality of life. Our legal team will assist you in determining a fair amount of compensation for your medical attention, pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and more.

Award 3. Punitive Damages

Although awarded rarely, you might be eligible for an additional award. Punitive damages compensate you for injuries or wrongful death associated with acts of gross negligence. This can include medical bills and personal injury protection. Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. will inform you if we believe your case is a good candidate for this demand.

What Types of Damages do Uber Accident Cases Involve?

When you’re hurt in an Uber accident in Florida, the economic losses may become significant due to medical care and time away from work. A successful Uber accident claim will secure compensation for the following economic damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income and future income loss during treatment and recovery
  • Lifecare expenses
  • Temporary or permanent disability or impairment

The non-economic damages you may gain from your claim include compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement or scarring

If you’ve suffered due to injuries sustained in an Uber accident, you deserve compensation for the enormous impact an accident with significant injuries has on your life. Uber Lyft accidents can be scary and complicated. During your free case evaluation, an Uber Lyft accident attorney can help navigate your legal options.

What is the Value of My Uber Accident Case?

The amount of rideshare accident compensation and damages you could gain in an Uber accident case depends on the severity of your injuries and the impact the injury has on your life and finances. Some factors that determine the final amount in damages include the cost of medical expenses related to the injury, the severity of the injury and whether or not it causes temporary or permanent disability, and the economic value of your lost wages during treatment and going forward.

The non-economic damages amount varies depending on the pain and suffering as well as the emotional trauma you’ve endured as a result of the accident. Permanent disfigurement and scarring may also add to non-economic damages.

Steps to take after a Florida Uber accident. Rear end accident scene.

Steps to Take After a Florida Uber Accident

It may be difficult to keep a clear head and be proactive in the traumatic aftermath of an uber accident but unless your injuries are severe and immobilizing, there are specific steps you can take to protect your health and your chances of a successful Uber accident claim:

  • Move to the shoulder of the road or a safe area
  • Call 911 to report the accident
  • Render reasonable aid and comfort to any other injured parties while waiting for first responders
  • Use your smartphone to snap photos of your Uber vehicle and any other vehicles or objects involved in the accident
  • If you were a passenger in the Uber, use the feature on your Uber app to report the accident to Uber
  • Take down the contact information of all involved parties and eyewitnesses
  • Ask for copies of the completed police report
  • Seek medical assistance as soon as possible either through paramedics and transportation to the hospital or by visiting an emergency room, urgent care center, or clinic
  • Ask for detailed medical notes and records documenting your injuries, suggested treatments, and prognosis
  • Call a Florida Uber accident attorney before engaging with insurance companies.

What Should I Not Do After an Uber Accident?

Accidents scenes are chaotic and frightening, but never leave the scene of the accident beyond moving out of the flow of traffic if you’re able to move without causing further injury. After an accident don’t do the following:

  • Admit fault or say anything that could be construed as admitting fault
  • Sign any statements, releases, or other documents without your attorney present
  • Don’t ignore doctor’s orders, miss appointments, or forget to fill prescriptions
  • Post on social media
  • Speak to the other party or their representatives
  • Don’t grant medical authorization to the insurance company
  • Don’t accept an early, lowball settlement offer by the insurance company before you know the extent of your damages

It’s important to stay calm immediately after an Uber accident and take steps to protect your physical and financial interests in the days and weeks following by contacting an Orlando rideshare accident attorney.

Uber Insurance and Florida Rideshare Regulations

When you step into an Uber vehicle for a rideshare, you’re riding with an independent contractor. The Uber company executives maintain that Uber is only an app company that connects riders with independent drivers. In this way Uber protects itself from liability. However, Florida is one of many states that put regulations in place to ensure that all Uber drivers carry a minimum requirement for insurance coverage. The amount of coverage available depends on a somewhat complex system that differentiates between different phases or periods of an Uber lift. The system in place in Florida is as follows:

  • Period 0 is when an Uber operator drives their car only in a personal capacity with no paying passengers and their Uber app is turned off. In this case, they are covered only under their own personal insurance carrier and the amount of coverage in their private plan as required by Florida law.
  • Period 1 begins when a driver has their Uber app on and is actively seeking a passenger. In this phase, the driver’s rideshare insurance provide coverage with Uber’s insurance for up to $50,000 in personal injury liability per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 in property damage coverage per accident.
  • Period 2 begins when an Uber driver has been paired with a passenger and is en route to pick up the passenger. In the even of an accident in this period, Uber’s insurance provides up to $1,000,000 in third party liability coverage and property damage up to the value of the damaged car with a $2,500 deductible
  • Period 3 is during the transportation of a passenger inside the Uber vehicle. During this phase, the Uber coverage remains in place at up to $1,000,000 in coverage for injured passengers, motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

How Do I File an Uber Insurance Claim?

After you’ve reported your accident to the police and you’re own insurance company, and you’ve had a full medical evaluation, you should obtain a copy of the police report and file an Uber accident report. Then your Florida Uber accident lawyer will help you do the following:

  • Report the accident to your own insurance company and Uber’s insurance company
  • If your damages exceed $10,000 and the Uber driver was at fault in the accident, your lawyer can file your claim to the Uber insurance or the driver’s personal insurance if they were not using their car as a rideshare vehicle when the accident occurred and you were in a second car
  • Handle all communications between you and the insurance company representative to protect your interest throughout the claim and settlement negotiation process

Once the claim is processed, your lawyer can craft a compelling case by proving liability and negotiating from a position of strength with the insurance company for full compensation for your damages.

Proving Liability in an Uber Accident

Proving Liability in an Uber Accident

When an accident occurs due to an Uber driver’s negligence or recklessness, the plaintiff (injury victim) has the burden of proving liability. Your Florida Uber accident attorney will diligently investigate the circumstances of the accident and demonstrate the following legal points of liability:

  • That the Uber driver had a duty of care to protect you and others on the roadway by following traffic laws, avoiding distractions, and taking reasonable measures to keep others safe
  • That they breached this duty through an act of negligence or recklessness while driving
  • That the breach of duty directly caused your injuries
  • That your injuries caused you real damages, including economic damages and pain and suffering

Even in Florida’s no-fault insurance state, it’s necessary to prove liability on the part of the Uber driver after reporting the accident to your own insurance company. Florida’s insurance law allows accident victims with severe injuries and costly economic damages to file claims against at-fault drivers once their damages exceed $10,000.

Will I Have to Go to Court for an Uber Accident Lawsuit?

Once a claim clearly shows the Uber driver liable for damages and medical bills, it’s highly likely that your claim will resolve with an ample settlement rather than requiring a lawsuit and a trial.

Deadlines Apply to Florida Uber Accident Injury Claims

Florida imposes deadlines on personal injury matters. Under FLSA § 95.11, the following deadlines could apply:

  • Personal injury: You have four years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit for personal injuries caused by an Uber Driver.
  • Wrongful death: The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. The clock on the monument begins at the time of your family member’s passing.

Connect with Our Florida Uber Accident Attorney Today

Our team has assisted clients throughout Florida in their pursuit of a fair settlement for their painful losses. We are familiar with personal injury case strategies and how to apply the law to your situation and medical bills, so that your rights remain protected. Get a free consultation with a Florida rideshare accident lawyer at Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. by calling 1-844-SHARMIN or messaging us online.