We Hold Uber Responsible for Hiring Unqualified Drivers
Uber is responsible for transporting thousands of people from place to place every day in South Florida. As a popular tourist destination, many people who fly into the area rely on the ridesharing giant to get them around, not even bothering to reserve a car or look into public transportation options.
Between Miami Beach, Aventura Mall, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Miami International Airport, Brickell Avenue, Midtown, Hollywood, Hallandale, the Design District, and other destinations, sufficient demand keeps Uber drivers busy. Unfortunately, with this much traffic volume comes a significant risk that Uber drivers will get into serious, injury-causing accidents—especially if Uber hires unsafe drivers.
Uber has a responsibility to hire drivers who will not pose unreasonable risks to others on the road. To this end, Uber runs criminal background checks on its applicants. If Uber misses something in a person’s past or ignores issues that may pose a threat to Uber customers, the company may face liability for any injuries that occur as a result.
Insurance issues with Uber and its drivers are complicated, however, so if the actions of an Uber driver injured you, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. For a free consultation with one of our South Florida Uber accident lawyers, contact us online or call our office today at (305) 964-8806.
Unqualified Uber Drivers Can Cause Serious Accidents
While many of us do it without incident on a daily basis, driving in an inherently dangerous activity. When accidents occur, people can sustain extremely serious injuries, including broken bones, serious lacerations, dislocated joints, and severe contusions. In some cases, victims even sustain injuries, like spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries, which could potentially cause long-term complications.
This is why Uber has a duty to hire reasonably safe drivers. While it is impossible to predict the future, a routine, competently executed background check should tip the company off that allowing someone to drive could put Uber passengers at risk. Some past offenses that ought to preclude driving for Uber may include:
- DUI convictions (for drugs or alcohol)
- Medical conditions such as epilepsy or heart disease that could make driving dangerous
- Serious, recent traffic offenses such as reckless driving or driving 20 miles per hour more than the speed limit
- A pattern of recent minor traffic offenses
- Sexual offense convictions
- Violent crime convictions
While Uber does conduct a background check on its drivers to ensure that its drivers do not put its customers at an unreasonable risk of harm, the company can make mistakes. If Uber was negligent in hiring a particular driver, anyone injured by that driver may recover compensation for any injury-related losses.
This type of negligence can require years of legal experience to spot. For example, say a driver injured you while under the influence of alcohol. That driver had a series of alcohol-related arrests (but no DUIs), so the Uber background check could have failed to recognize the driver’s alcohol problem or likelihood of getting behind the wheel drunk. In a case like this, proving Uber was negligent in its hire of the driver would likely require significant investigation of the driver who caused the accident and Uber’s hiring policies. An attorney can provide significant help in uncovering evidence of negligence, so victims should hire an attorney to review the facts of their case before accepting an insurance company’s determination of liability.
How an Uber Car Accident Lawyer Can Help Maximize Your Settlement
While Uber has excellent insurance coverage, the companies that insure Uber are still doing everything they can to minimize what they pay out on a claim. Uber’s policies provide different coverage depending on whether the driver is online and waiting on a request, when the driver is on the way to pick up a rider, or when a rider is actually in the driver’s car. In some cases, a dispute may arise as to which coverage was in place at the time an accident occurred. In addition, insurance companies regularly engage in tactics designed to get victims to accept a settlement offer for far less than the costs they incurred as a result of their injuries.
An attorney will thoroughly analyze the way your accident occurred and ensure that the insurance company applies the proper policy limits to your case. Furthermore, your lawyer will evaluate all of your losses and make sure that any settlement you accept fully compensates you for all of your accident-related losses—including difficult to determine damages like pain and suffering and lost quality of life. If the insurance company is unable or unwilling to make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer may file a lawsuit against Uber to make sure that you receive the compensation to which Florida law entitles you.
Call Uber Accident Law Today to Speak With an Attorney
If you were in an accident caused by an unsafe Uber driver, you may recover compensation for your losses. At Uber Car Accident Law, we are dedicated to helping accident victims recover compensation for their injuries and do everything we can to make sure our clients obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. Whether you were hurt as a passenger or the occupant of another vehicle, we are here to listen to your story and help you bring your case to the best resolution possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today at (305) 964-8806, or send us an email through our online contact form.