North Miami Car Accident Lawyer
At Gerson & Schwartz PA, our attorneys are working with individuals injured in auto, car, and motor vehicle accidents involving Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing vehicles. Uber, Lyft and other rideshare apps have become wildly popular in recent years, and North Miami has taken advantage of these new conveniences. Like any car, motorcycle, or other vehicle, however, Uber vehicles get into accidents that cause injuries. Sometimes injuries and can severe. If you’ve been injured in a North Miami auto accident involving a rideshare vehicle, the North Miami Uber accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A can assist you. Our lawyers have experience representing clients in this new and developing area of law. All cases are handled on a contingent fee, so there are no legal fees unless we recover money on your behalf.
Most Florida car accident laws have become well-settled over the years. Personal injury attorneys become highly familiar with the rules of car accident liability. Unfortunately, the law often takes time to catch up to new technologies. There are still some questions within the law about how ridesharing lawsuits and liability is concerned when a rideshare accident happens. Whether you were driving an Uber, riding in an Uber, or struck by an Uber vehicle and were seriously injured, legal compensation can be affected by the fact that a rideshare service was involved.More About North Miami And Uber Accidents
North Miami, Florida, started as a farming community. It survived the Depression and World War II years and was rewarded with rapid population growth by the returning servicemen and their families. Of course, like any populated area, North Miami has traffic, and that traffic leads to accidents. When those accidents involve Ubers and other rideshare vehicles, insurance companies have more opportunity to try to deflect blame. Protect your interests by contacting an aggressive North Miami Uber accident lawyer as soon as you can after you are hurt in a crash.What Should I Do After an Uber Accident?
- Call 911. Make sure that anyone who needs medical attention is treated.
- Give your statement to officers on the scene, and make sure to get information about how to access the police report. Get license plate numbers, driver identification, etc.
- Get any necessary medical treatment, including: emergency care, primary care appointments, follow up care, specialist consultations, and any pain management services required.
- Report the accident to Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare providers. See the provider’s website for details on reporting accidents.
- Consult with an attorney to make sure that your claim is properly and timely filed with the correct insurance carrier.
Like any new area of the law, it is difficult to know exactly how a court will rule on issues which it has not faced before. There are not yet clear statutes defining the extent of liability for rideshare companies. The fact that many rideshare companies classify their drivers as independent contractors may have an effect on liability, but even that is not certain. Two different judges could reach two different answers in two similar cases.
Uber is new, unchartered territory. Even taxis and transportation services are not an adequate comparison in legal cases. Taxi services are subject to increased regulation. City licensing, identification displays, and other regulations applicable to taxi drivers do not protect Uber and other rideshare passengers. It remains to be seen if this will be a deciding factor in Uber case law.
Liability waivers can also complicate issues of liability. Rideshare users agree to certain terms and conditions, but this does not excuse all gross negligence and criminal conduct of rideshare drivers. Furthermore, terms and conditions are not always enforceable in later legal actions. This, too, is an area with the potential for different outcomes in different cases.
Finally, combinations of insurance create situations in which different insurance companies can attempt to deflect blame for the accident. Uber is now legally required to provide supplemental insurance for its drivers, but it still requires claims to go through its drivers’ personal auto insurance policies first. This makes it more difficult for victims to gain compensation for their injuries.Call Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. Today to Speak with a North Miami Uber Accident Lawyer
The Miami personal injury lawyers of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. have over forty six years of experience protecting the rights of car accident victims in Florida. Our attorneys have the skills necessary to properly address the new issues and arising legal complications of accidents involving rideshare services in North Miami and other areas of South Florida.
For more information on how we can help, call us to day. Our law offices are conveniently located near North Miami, Florida. Call us at 305-371-6000 or toll free at today at 1-877-475-2905 to schedule your free consultation with an attorney, or email us through our online contact form.