Uber is the top ride-sharing service next to Lyft. One problem with Uber and similar services, however, is that passengers risk receiving a bad driver. Even though Uber does its best to vet its drivers, mistakes are always possible.
Overly fatigued Uber drivers are a growing problem that has recently come to light. The “gig economy” means hours are not limited, so some drivers push themselves beyond their natural limits. Your driver’s lack of sleep could lead to a catastrophic accident—during late-night drives back from entertainment hotspots like downtown Miami, Wynwood, or Hollywood. If you’ve experienced an accident with an Uber driver, seek legal representation immediately.
Legal Representation You Can Trust
At Uber Car Accident Law, we handle ride-sharing accidents. We are one of only a few South Florida firms to take on cases involving Uber car accidents. We pride ourselves on providing free consultations and education to those in need. Call us at (305) 964-8806 any time for further information or to schedule a free consultation.
Our legal team has decades of collective experience with personal injury cases. Our founder, Alan Neufeld, has obtained successful results for clients over a 40-year career. He was one of the first attorneys in the country to take on Uber accident cases.
Partner David Kleinberg also boasts a lengthy track record of winning compensation his clients deserve; David has one of the highest records of successful verdicts in the state.
The same goes for our partners, Robert Pinkiert, and Jason Neufeld. Robert works closely with James River Insurance, Uber’s insurance company, giving him an edge in understanding and navigating the complex insurance claims process.
Typical Injuries Seen in Uber Accidents
Many serious injuries can occur in a ride-sharing accident. When a serious collision occurs, this could lead to severe injuries that may never completely heal. These injuries may include traumatic head injuries that lead to brain damage, broken bones, spinal trauma, or serious complications from seemingly-minor cuts and bruises. All of these issues can lead to extensive stays in the hospital, as well as expenses for rehabilitation or ongoing medical care.
Who’s Really at Fault in Your Accident?
Your Uber driver may be solely to blame if he or she didn’t sleep before a long ride. Being a fatigued driver practically guarantees an accident, a burden which falls squarely on the driver’s shoulders. However, Uber itself is also responsible for promoting driver safety.
The legal concept of “respondeat superior” means that an employer like Uber is liable for its employees’ torts on the job, under the doctrine of “vicarious liability.” In other words, public policy and the law of agency dictate that a principal is responsible for its agent’s wrongful actions. Vicarious liability is a rule that applies to employer-employee relationships.
The law carves out an exception to the general rule of “respondeat superior,” which means “let the master answer.” This exception is that of “independent contractors,” who don’t count as full employees. The independent contractors exception provides more room for Uber’s insurance company to refuse compensation to an accident victim.
These legal loopholes that Uber’s defense lawyers can use mean that you might benefit from legal representation to take on insurance claims.
What Kind of Damages Might You Recover?
Fighting for justice means fighting for compensation. Whether you’re seeking help with medical bills that amount to thousands of dollars, wages lost as a result of your accident, or compensation for pain and suffering, an attorney may be able to pave the way for a fair reimbursement of damages. However, no two cases are identical: it’s not possible to guarantee any particular outcome, but by speaking with an experienced ride-sharing attorney, you can help obtain the best chance of positive results in your case.
Insurance Companies May Shirk Responsibility
Dealing with insurance companies is one of the riskiest things you can do on your own. They may ask you to sign a release to settle the case for a lower sum than you might otherwise be legally entitled to receive, for example. Far too many victims of car accidents accept these settlements to avoid extended litigation.
Our legal team may be able to communicate with insurance companies so they do not try to swindle you. Plus, we make sure companies like Uber do not try to pay you off for less than what you deserve. Because companies like Uber can use various loopholes to work around the law, you should never tackle these cases independently. You may want to hire an attorney to gather the evidence, to scrutinize your case, and to handle the insurance companies on your behalf.
How Much Will Legal Representation Cost?
We have seen so many misconceptions about attorneys in the media, many accident victims worry too much about cost. What many injured parties fail to understand is that personal injury attorneys typically don’t charge you anything up-front; we offer free consultations, making it easy to get your case started without worrying about financial stress. In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay us a cent unless we win your case or secure a favorable settlement. Keep in mind that all cases are different, and it’s important to speak with an attorney first to learn whether representation or compensation is possible.
South Florida Accident Victims Should Call Us Now
Those of you living in Broward County who have experienced an Uber accident can contact us at (305) 964-8806, or use our contact page any time. We may be able to represent Uber accident victims living in Hallandale, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, plus Pembroke Pines and Davie. With statistics showing Uber driver accidents increasing both here and nationwide, do not waste time if you have suffered an injury as a result of a ride-share accident.