Uber continues to grow in popularity in Miami, FL, as thousands of people enjoy the convenience of being able to zip across town without worrying about parking. In the past, people mainly used Uber to get home after a night out at the bars, but today it’s much more common to use Uber in your day-to-day life and we predict Uber usage will continue to increase in Miami.
South Florida traffic is notorious and there are more cars on the road now than ever before. While most drivers are careful and considerate, accidents do happen, and accidents involving Uber drivers can easily become complicated because questions of liability arise. If you’ve been injured in an accident with an Uber driver, please don’t try to navigate the process alone.
Getting compensation for any damages, as well as recovering medical costs and missed income, can quickly become an exhausting, frustrating task. In this article, we explain how to determine liability after an Uber accident, and discuss how to receive compensation for damages. If you have any questions, or want to speak with someone about your Uber accident, please contact us today. Our experienced team will be happy to discuss your rights.
Determining liability after an Uber accident
There are many issues to consider when determining liability. Some of the most common include:
Distracted driving. If you’ve ever taken an Uber then you’ve seen how the driver frequently looks at their navigation screen for guidance. Unfortunately taking your eyes off the road for even two seconds can result in an accident, and we’ve seen this happen all too often. Aside from taking their eyes off the road, Uber drivers sometimes make phone calls and send texts while driving, putting their passenger’s lives in danger.
Speeding. The more passengers Uber drivers have, the more money they make, so it stands to reason that they want to get you to your destination as quickly as they can. Uber drivers certainly aren’t the only drivers in Miami who speed, but when driving passengers they have a duty of care that requires them to drive safely and obey all traffic laws, including the speed limit.
Falling asleep at the wheel. There have been dozens of stories about Uber drivers and delivery drivers working double shifts, or working overnight shifts directly after their day job. As an Uber passenger you have the right to be driven by someone who isn’t impared by fatigue, and you’d never get into a car with someone if you knew there’s a chance they’d fall asleep at the wheel.
What you need to know about Uber’s insurance policy
You generally cannot sue Uber if you’re involved in an accident with one of its drivers in Florida. But don’t let this deter you from seeking compensation for damages, because with expert legal guidance, you can be compensated for your losses, including medical bills, damage to your car, property damage, and missed income due to inability to work.
Uber requires its drivers to have their own insurance policies, including policies for serious car accidents. With help from an experienced legal team, you can file a claim with your insurance provider to receive compensation for damages and start getting your life back on track.
If you’ve been involved in an Uber accident in Miami, FL, and have questions about what you should do next, please contact our team at Mausner Law today. You need professional legal guidance throughout this process, and we look forward to hearing from you.