Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services provide quick, convenient, and affordable transportation that helps cut down on drunk driving in the Miami area, as well as helps tourists get around the city without renting cars. Additionally, Uber provides employment opportunities for many people who only need a driver’s license, qualified vehicle, and a background and driving record check as required by Florida law. Drivers can choose their own hours and often use Uber as a second job to supplement their primary income.
Despite all the benefits of Uber for both passengers and drivers, accidents and injuries involving Uber drivers and vehicles happen on a regular basis, and they can be devastating. The following are some ways that Uber drivers can injure others.
Types of Uber Accidents
Like any type of vehicle accident, each Uber accident has unique circumstances. Uber drivers can cause crashes and injuries in many ways, including:
- An Uber driver crashes and causes injuries to passengers in the Uber vehicle
- An Uber driver crashes into another car, causing injuries to motorists in the other vehicle
- An Uber driver crashes into a motorcyclist or bicyclist
- An Uber driver crashes into a pedestrian
Of course, there are instances when other drivers or third parties cause accidents involving Ubers. Other drivers can crash into Uber vehicles and injure passengers, as well. It is important to identify who caused the accident and who suffered injuries in each individual case.
Uber Driver Negligence
Once you identify that an Uber driver caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for your injury-related losses. However, an insurance company will not just accept your claims of liability on the part of the Uber driver. Instead, you must be able to provide proof of how the driver was negligent to cause the crash. Our attorneys know how to identify specific acts of negligence and gather evidence to prove them. Some ways Uber drivers can be negligent include:
- Distracted driving, including referring to directions from the Uber app
- Fatigued driving, especially since some Uber drivers may work long hours and drive well into the night
- Violating traffic laws, such as speeding or running red lights to get to stops faster
- Impaired driving. While Florida requires that Uber have a zero-tolerance policy for impaired driving, some drivers still may try to work while they are intoxicated
Contact Our Miami Car Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
Uber accident claims can be extremely complex and confusing for anyone who is unfamiliar with rideshare laws and insurance requirements. These cases also involve all of the legal questions and issues that arise in regular car accident claims, as well. This can all be overwhelming for any accident victim, especially since you should be focused on your physical recovery.
At Flagler Personal Injury Group, we are here to help victims of car accidents, including Uber accidents. We handle complex Uber insurance claims, so please contact us online or call 305-424-8445 to discuss your accident today.
We handle a variety of cases, so call us now if you have any questions.
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