We are in the “Age of the Uber”, when car services triumph carpools, and taxi cabs are almost obsolete. One tap of a button on your phone and a car is right out front ready and waiting to bring you to your destination. You don’t even necessarily have to have a wallet with you, as all transactions are seamlessly taken care of through the App. It’s convenient, efficient, and safe — or so you think.
What happens when Uber goes from a safe choice for disaster? It’s not something people like to think about, but it’s important to take into consideration because it has happened to others, and it could very well happen to you.
Because Uber and Lyft are deemed “professional” ridesharing services, people often overlook the fact that the drivers are still human beings, just like you and me, and accidents can happen. Anytime you get into a car, you run the risk of being in a car accident. Be it at the fault of the driver or circumstances beyond their control, there is a chance of it happening, and it is up to you to know how to handle the situation should it occur.
Fortunately, in Florida, Uber or Lyft drivers are required to carry substantial insurance coverages to protect their passengers and to protect the other drivers when the Uber or Lyft driver is at fault. There are plenty of ride-sharing statistics to back this up. It is important to know, if you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, or were hit by an Uber or Lyft, regardless of who is at fault, you may have a substantial case. Wolf & Pravato has handled a tremendous amount of Uber and Lyft cases for our clients and we have a winning record.
What happens if you are in a car accident while you are a passenger in one of these ride-sharing vehicles? Contact Wolf & Pravato, PA immediately and we will guide you through the process to make sure all of your valuable rights are protected.
The Uber and Lyft Bill are required to carry at least $1 million for bodily injury coverage when they are providing a ride and $50,000 when they are logged on but have no ride. Additionally, Uber and Lyft carry Uninsured Motorist coverage. This is a very big deal. If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and negligent driver hits the vehicle you are in, you will make a claim against the at-fault driver. If that driver does not have insurance or has only minimal coverage, Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM), is vital to adequately protect you and compensate you for injuries and damages sustained.
Here are three additional things Wolf & Pravato want to drive home to our clients. First, many of these drivers may have cameras on their dashboard, so be aware of your surroundings and take note if you see one. If an incident does occur, you can always request a copy of the video, which can serve as evidence for a case. Secondly, you should take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles involved, if you are able to do so. Third, contact Wolf & Pravato, PA immediately. Time is of the essence in many cases, for example; we may need to have an engineer inspect the vehicles involved in the accident to prove fault and vehicles are quickly disposed of or repaired. This can destroy a case. Call and speak to our attorneys as soon as you can.
Although there are all of these special circumstances that exist in the case of transportation networking companies, the main steps to take after an Uber accident occurs are no different than the steps you’d take after getting into an accident in your own car. No matter what, the first thing to do is get help. Call the proper authorities so a detailed accident report can be filed for insurance purposes and so the person at fault can be identified, and if someone is hurt, call 911. Even if you do not show immediate signs of injury, it’s never a bad idea to get checked out by a medical professional just in case there is any late onset pain or discomfort. Don’t ever leave the scene of an accident without getting information from the other party involved — both the driver and any passengers. This includes name, driver’s license number and insurance information. If there are witnesses, be sure to get their names and contact information as well. In the event that there is damage done to either vehicle or the surrounding property, pictures are a must. With everyone carrying a smartphone with a built-in camera, there is no excuse to not get photos. After taking these three important steps, it’s time to call us at Wolf & Pravato, as we have handled many Uber and Lyft claims and have a proven successful record winning. Even if you do not have plans to file a lawsuit immediately, it’s a good idea to speak with one of our Florida personal injury attorneys so they can appraise you of your rights and help protect you should the case go to court. Uber and Lyft accidents can be tricky, so having the right law firm and lawyer at your side is much-needed.
In the event that you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare accident and you need a law firm in Fort Lauderdale or the greater South Florida area, we at Wolf & Pravato, a leading personal injury law firm in Fort Lauderdale, can alert the proper authorities about the accident and take the appropriate steps to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the proper care and compensation. We will advocate for your full financial recovery through detailed, meticulous preparation for trial. Wolf & Pravato distinguishes itself because of decades of experience and the legal resources to handle virtually any case that involves personal injuries or injuries to loved ones.
Wolf & Pravato guarantees its clients that all cases will be handled by an experienced Fort Lauderdale uber injury attorney, coupled with the most innovative and knowledgeable legal support staff in the profession. The team of personal injury attorneys at Wolf & Pravato are here to help when it comes to these kinds of cases. If you have experienced a rideshare company-related accident, book your consultation with us now by calling 954-633-8270 or contact us online.