Many Floridians rely on Uber to get around, it's a convenient and reliable way to get where you need to go. Whether it's to and from the airport, to the warm sunny beaches or even to just run some errands. But what the heck do you do if you get in an accident while in an Uber? What rights do you have? How could or what are the chances to file a successful lawsuit against Uber? 

Uber Accidents In Florida

Florida is a no-fault state regarding car accidents. In Florida, all Uber drivers are required to have $1 million in commercial liability insurance. This insurance helps cover any medical expenses, property damage and other costs associated with the car accident. Meaning that your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will cover your medical bills regardless of who was at fault of the accident. 

What To Do If In An Uber Accident?

If you get in an accident and are injured while riding with Uber (or any ride-share service) there are a couple of things you need to do If you do the following after your Uber accident in Florida, you should be in a good position to get compensated for your injuries:
  • Call 911 
    • The police need to file a report documenting that the accident actually happened. They will need to conduct an investigation of the accident to determine who is at fault. They'll prepare a police report that has information your lawyer will need to file your claim. Some of this information includes
      • Description of the accident scene and road conditions
      • Names and contact information for any witnesses 
      • Pictures of the victims, the cars and the scene
      • Statements made by the drivers involved
      • License and insurance information for all parties involved
      • Notes about any tickets or citations issues
  • Check to see if anyone is injured 
    • If you are injured you must go to the hospital. Even if you don’t feel hurt you should still go to the doctor to go check out. Once there, the doctors will perform tests to see how bad your injuries are.
    • Take pictures of the scene and of injuries 
      • Your lawyer is going to need to see pictures of the accident sense to determine things like road condition. Documenting your injuries will also help if you do decide to file an injury claim. 
  • Collect Information 
    • Gather the insurance information from the Uber driver and the other driver. You may not be sure about what happened so most likely you’re going to have to file a claim against both policies. 
  • Keep a record of your Uber ride
    • This can be done by screenshotting with your phone on the Uber app

Meet With One Of Our Personal Injury Lawyers 

Meeting with a professional, like those at Fischetti Law Group, can offer insights and guidance and can be incredibly helpful as you make decisions about your case. If the accident was caused by another driver, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that person. However, if the accident was caused by an Uber driver, things can get complicated. Uber has insurance policies that cover accidents involving their drivers, but they often try to minimize their liability. As a result, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal landscape and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

How To File A Claim Against Uber?

Filing a claim against Uber becomes very complicated, that’s why it's important to have a knowledgeable attorney, like those at Fischetti Law Group, to help you through the process.  An experienced attorney can help you gather evidence, file paperwork, and negotiate with insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve. He or she will also be able to tell you what kind of compensation you could receive from a lawsuit against Uber.

What Kind Of Compensation Could You Receive?

If you decide to file a lawsuit against Uber, there are several things you could potentially receive compensation for. This includes: Your medical bills (both past and future) - Lost wages - Pain and suffering - Mental anguish - Loss of enjoyment of life - Punitive damages (in some cases) To learn more about what kind of compensation you could potentially receive and whether or not filing a lawsuit is right for you, contact our office today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

What To Expect During The Legal Process?

If you choose to pursue legal action against Uber after being in an accident, there are a few things you can expect during the process. The first step will be filing a complaint with the court—this is where an attorney can assist you. Once the complaint has been filed, Uber will have 20 days to respond. From there, discovery will begin—this is where each side gathers evidence and information from witnesses. After discovery comes pre-trial motions—these are arguments made by each side regarding various issues in the case (such as whether or not certain evidence should be allowed). Finally, the case will go to trial where a jury will hear both sides and render a verdict.

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