Miami and South Florida Uber Accident Lawyers Representing the Rights of Individuals Injured by Drunk and Drugged Uber Drivers
Ubers have been ubiquitous in Miami and throughout the South Florida area. Many people use them to get to and from places like Aventura Mall, Miami Beach, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, downtown Miami, Brickell Avenue, Midtown, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach. Unfortunately, with thousands of Ubers operating in the area at any given moment, things eventually go wrong—and sometimes that means an Uber driver getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you were injured in an accident caused by an Uber driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. You are likely entitled to compensation for any injuries you sustained, whether you were in the Uber as a passenger or another motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist who happened into the wrong place at the wrong time. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Uber accident lawyers, call our office today at (305) 964-8806 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Remember, Your Civil Claim Is Separate From the Criminal Case
If an impaired Uber driver caused your accident, you may have watched as police handcuffed the driver, put him into a squad car, and hauled him off to jail. In the event that he was too injured for police to arrest him at the scene, you may learn about the arrest later. Whatever the case, you may enjoy some satisfaction when the person who caused your accident faces significant fines, probation, and even jail time.
As an accident victim, however, remember that a criminal case arising from a drunk driving accident is distinct from your civil case as a victim. A DUI charge is brought by the state and is intended to punish a drunk driver for violating the law. Someone who was wronged and is seeking money damages or injunctive relief, on the other hand, must bring a civil lawsuit. All of this is to say that if you do not take action yourself, you will likely not obtain compensation—the state is not going to do it for you.
If a drunk Uber driver hurt you in an accident, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Not Every Case Goes to Court
The vast majority of personal injury cases do not go to court. Instead, they are resolved when the insurance company representing the at-fault party comes to a settlement agreement with the victim or victims. This is often because liability is so clear that it would waste the insurance company’s time to try to deny it—such as with drunk driving accidents, because the law typically considers drunk driving negligent on its face. As a result, when you have strong evidence (such as breathalyzer results or sobriety testing performed by the police) that the Uber driver who caused your accident drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will probably enter settlement negotiations with an insurance company rather than court.
This is not to say that you do not need an attorney, however. Insurance companies regularly engage in tactics designed to minimize the amount they ultimately pay victims. These tactics range from making unreasonably low settlement offers to dragging out the “processing” of a claim to frustrate victims into accepting a low settlement just to get something and move on.
In addition, you will need to gather and present evidence of all of your losses to obtain a fair settlement. This means it is not enough to show the insurance company your hospital and repair bills. You should also present evidence of your non-economic losses, like the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have experienced as result of the Uber driver’s negligence. An experienced Uber car accident lawyer can help you do all of these things and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Protecting Your Rights After an Accident With a Drunk Uber Driver
If you are dealing with the aftermath of an accident caused by a drunk or drugged Uber driver, protect your legal rights in the following ways:
- Seek medical attention (if you haven’t yet) and comply with all of your doctor’s orders. This means attending all follow-up appointments and seeing any specialists or therapists to whom doctors referred you.
- Document the ways in which your injuries have damaged your life. Take note of things you cannot do because of your injuries, any feelings of depression or anxiety, sleep problems, or physical pain you experience.
- Do not post about your accident on social media. In fact, stay off of social media entirely. While we all want to present our best selves in our social media posts, the Uber driver’s insurance company will use pictures of you smiling, dining out with friends, traveling, or otherwise enjoying yourself as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim.
- Do not accept any settlement offer made by the insurance company or the at-fault party without consulting an attorney. Accepting a settlement can make it nearly impossible to obtain any additional compensation as your medical expenses continue to mount. The settlement you accept must compensate you for all of your losses.
- Call an Uber accident lawyer as soon as you can. Once you have legal representation, your attorney will handle nearly every aspect of your case on your behalf and protect your rights—allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Injured by an Intoxicated Uber Driver? Call Our Office Today to Schedule a Free Consultation With an Attorney
If an Uber driver who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol injured you, speak to an attorney as soon as you can—you have a good chance to recover significant compensation. At Uber Accident Law, we focus our practice on helping people injured in ride-sharing accidents obtain the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of experienced Uber accident lawyers, call our office today at (305) 964-8806 or send us an email through our online contact form.