Many Floridians use Uber to get around. It’s convenient and easy to use, so it’s no surprise that it’s so popular. But because so many people use the ridesharing service, Uber accidents are also extremely common. Uber drivers are just like other drivers—they can cause accidents through negligence and recklessness just like everyone else.
We hope that you never have to experience an accident as an Uber passenger, but just in case you find yourself in that situation, we’ve taken the time to answer four frequently asked questions about accidents involving Uber.
Keep reading to learn the answers.
My Uber Driver Caused an Accident. Who Is Liable for My Injuries?
If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you probably know that we live in a no-fault state. Generally, if you are involved in an accident in Florida, your insurance policy will cover the treatment for your injuries. If you are a passenger in an Uber while your ride is in progress, you are covered by the company’s policy.
Can I Sue the Company for My Injuries?
Uber is infamous for trying to shirk responsibility for its drivers’ actions, including those that lead to accidents. By classifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, the company has managed to insulate itself to a degree. However, certain circumstances could arise that would allow you to sue the company for damages. You could, for instance, potentially sue Uber for negligence if their hiring practices were to contribute to your accident—say the background check on the driver brought up previous reckless driving charges, yet Uber still allowed them to drive.
To find out whether you have a case, you’ll need to speak to a qualified attorney.
Will My PIP Cover My Injuries from an Uber Accident?
Florida law requires all drivers to carry at least $10,000 of personal injury protection (PIP). In the event that you are injured as a passenger of another driver, this coverage would go toward any injuries you sustain. This includes passengers of Uber drivers.
Whether the coverage that you have will cover the entirety of your medical bills depends on how much coverage you have and the severity of your injuries. If you only carry the minimum, you could easily rack up enough bills to exceed your coverage. When that happens, you might need to fight for the rest of your compensation.
How Can I Help My Uber Accident Case?
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber, either as a passenger or as another driver, the first thing that you should always consider is your safety and the safety of others. Make sure that everyone is safe and then contact the police to report the accident. You should also seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you are hurt. Many injuries do not show symptoms right away, and seeing a doctor could prevent long-term damage or even save your life. Plus, by going to the doctor, you are ensuring that your injuries are documented, which could help you prove your case in the future.
Get in Touch with Us Today
If you have been in an accident with an Uber, don’t hesitate to contact our Uber accident attorney team. Pacin Levine Attorneys at Law is there for you every step of the way.