Ride-sharing applications like Uber and Lyft are a great source of transportation. They are flexible, comfortable, and efficient for your traveling all at the same time. These applications are more convenient than public transportation (buses and trains) and don’t require you to buy cars yourself, striking just the right balance between private and public transportation.
However, ride-sharing companies can never truly guarantee you a 100% safe ride to your destination. No matter if you are in your car or on a bus, accidents can happen.
If you find yourself injured due to an accident during a ride-sharing trip, contact our office immediately. You can’t stop an accident from happening (in Miami, of all the cities in the U.S.), but at least you can get an experienced Uber accident attorney in Miami.
Our personal injury attorneys in Miami can represent you –– and increase your chances of recovering for your injuries and damages –– for the following unfortunate mishaps associated with ride-sharing systems:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Car accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Property damage
What are my options in case I am injured in an accident?
A while back, a lot of cities of the U.S. pondered over a feasible system that would allow ride-sharing networks like Uber and Lyft to operate in their cities.
A lot of debates, interviews, and investigations were held regarding these networks to determine how they have prepared to protect the community that they operate in. A significant point in most of the debates held in Florida on the matter was insurance. The public representatives and politicians also wanted to know what the options for victim parties will be if:
- An Uber driver injured a passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist, another driver, or a bicyclist.
- Due to the negligence of an uninsured or underinsured driver, a passenger was injured.
- An underinsured or uninsured driver injured an Uber/Lyft driver.
Uber answered this question by stating that it has insurance coverage for such accidents.
Uber told the community of Florida that it has an insurance coverage policy of up to one million dollars per ride to compensate for damages inflicted upon the members of this community.
As for the third scenario, the ride-sharing giant stated that the company also has uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage for Uber drivers who are injured by an underinsured or uninsured motorist.
Rival ride-sharing network Lyft followed suit and declared that they also have insurance coverage and uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage of one million dollars.
So, to answer your question, a Miami Uber accident lawyer representing you can get you compensation for your injuries and damages that were incurred in an accident caused by an Uber/Lyft or any ride-sharing driver or while you were interacting with Uber/Lyft or ride-sharing company.
Regardless of the party whose insurance policy will be invoked to pay for your damages and injuries, you can get up to one million dollars in car accident insurance coverage.
What are my chances of getting compensated for my injuries and damages?
Your chances of successfully getting compensated for your injuries and damages improve if you contact an experienced ride sharing accident attorney in Miami as soon as possible. Our injury attorneys are caught up on the latest developments in the law and use this knowledge to maximize your recovery.
Another major point to consider is that as a passenger or a pedestrian who has been injured by an Uber/Lyft or any ride-sharing accident, it hardly is your fault as you don’t interact with the operation of the vehicle at all. This is also a significant reason why our Miami accident attorneys have such a high success rate in getting compensation for their clients’ damages and injuries.
I am an Uber driver who got injured, what are my options?
Ride-sharing networks’ drivers are usually on the roads for a large portion of their day but even the drivers who are immensely experienced on the roads of Miami can’t avoid every car accident. If these drivers are with a passenger who got injured or a pedestrian got injured in the accident, their options are discussed above.
Although, what happens to the injuries and damages inflicted upon the Uber/Lyft or any ride-sharing driver by this accident? Don’t worry, Miami accident attorneys do represent Uber/Lyft or any ride-sharing drivers who are looking for compensation for their injuries and damages due to the accident.
An experienced attorney can get Uber/Lyft or any ride-sharing drivers the compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses caused due to the accident from the one million dollar-insurance coverage that Uber and Lyft claim to have in-effect if the driver was on way to pick up a rider or had a passenger in the car.
Uber drivers who were on Uber clock and were looking for rides (but didn’t have an active ride at the time of the accident) can be compensated for up to $50,000 for their injuries and damages.
What factors can I be compensated for?
A settlement for personal injury in case of an accident by an Uber driver usually includes the following factors:
- Medical bills and treatment costs
- Loss of wage due to inability to work
- Racking up of other expenses like basic utilities and credit card charges during the inability to take care of them
- Damage of valuable items that you had with you at the time of the accident
- Loss of earning capacity due to the accident
- Pain and suffering caused by the accident
How do I estimate the compensation that I can claim for?
Of course, Uber/Lyft says that it has an insurance policy of up to one million dollars, but that doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to get compensated in the full amount of one million dollars in an accident.
To be realistic about your potential compensation award, you should be able to quantify the damages that you experienced due to an accident involving Uber/Lyft.
Consider measuring the following values that you lost due to the accident:
- Medical expenses (including medical bills, treatment costs, and therapy costs)
- The total loss of wage that you faced due to not being able to go to work
- Any future income loss that has been triggered by the accident
- Damage to your property by the accident
- Racking up of utilities and credit card expenses during this time
- Future medical expenses
- The pain and suffering factor –– ranges usually between 2-5, the higher your suffering, the higher this multiplier will be, the more permanent your damage, the higher this multiplier will be
Calculating these expenses should get you a rough idea of what your compensation amount should be. The rest will be taken care by the injury attorney representing you. More than likely, chances are that you won’t know about all the possible factors (or their significance) in calculating the estimate of your compensation. This is the reason why associating with an experienced Miami accident attorney can be a decisive factor in getting out of this incident satisfied by the final verdict.