Opa-Locka Uber Car Accident
If you were injured in a crash involving an Uber, whether you were a driver or passenger, contact an Opa-Locka Uber car accident attorney at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. For more than 49 years, our team has helped accident and injury victims hold negligent drivers responsible. We have fought hard through insurance claims and contentious lawsuits to ensure our clients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries.
Whether you were an Uber passenger, an Uber driver, or in another vehicle, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to reach out to us through our online form or by calling (877) 475-2905. Our Uber car accident lawyers in Opa-Locka, Florida offer free consultations and are here to help. We do not charge upfront fees, and you only pay us when we win you compensation.Uber Accidents in Opa-Locka, Florida
The unique name, Opa-Locka, is derived from the Seminole name for the region, “Opa-tisha-wocka-locka” which means high dry hummock or wooded hummock. While the name reaches back to the area’s Native American roots, the community boasts the Moorish Revival architectural style and an Arabian Nights theme. This community theme was chosen by the city’s founder, Glenn Curtiss, an aviation pioneer. Today, Opa-Locka is home to more than 16,350 people within a 4.3 square mile area. The city, unfortunately, is often known for corruption and crime. The city government and its officers were investigated, and some employees were convicted of crimes, like extortion. The area also is known for a high crime rate, though rates of property and violent offenses have improved in recent years.
Another issue Opa-Locka deals with, like any other urban area, is traffic. Since rideshare platforms like Uber and Lyft began operating in the area, we have seen an increase in the number of collisions they are a part of. If you were hurt in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft, call our Opa-Locka Uber car accident attorneys as soon as possible.Common Causes of Uber Accidents
Uber car crashes happen like any other auto wrecks. Typically, a motorist becomes careless and collides with another vehicle, object, or pedestrian. In some cases, the Uber driver is to blame. In other collisions, the Uber driver and passenger are the victims.
Our Uber car accident lawyers in Opa-Locka have found some of the most common causes of Uber and Lyft collisions are:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Failing to abide by a traffic control device
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Poor weather
- Dangerous road design
- Vehicle defects
If you were in a crash and are unsure of what happened and who is responsible, contact Gerson & Schwartz P.A. right away. We thoroughly investigate all Uber crashes. Our investigation includes gathering and analyzing all available evidence, including photos, videos, the police report, and eyewitness accounts.
We may recommend filing a lawsuit against the liable driver. If the at-fault driver was the Uber driver, then they may have had a dash cam on at the time of the collision. We will demand a copy of that dash cam during discovery.Can I Sue Uber for the Crash?
Many Uber accident victims believe they can sue Uber, but the truth is that Uber is rarely liable for collisions and resulting injuries. First, we will determine whether the Uber driver or another motorist is at fault. If another motorist caused the crash, then Uber and its driver are not liable for your injuries.
If the Uber driver is responsible, then to obtain compensation, you must pursue a claim against the driver’s personal auto policy and then Uber’s insurance policy. Uber provides its drivers with insurance coverage. When the Uber driver has accepted a ride request or has passengers in the vehicle, Uber’s insurance policy limit is $1 million.
Though Uber provides insurance coverage, which is helpful for Uber accident victims, Uber is not usually legally liable for the crash. Uber drivers are independent contractors—not employees. Uber is not automatically liable for an independent contractor’s actions.
For Uber to be liable, your Opa-Locka Uber car accident lawyer would need evidence that the business itself was responsible for the crash. We will look into whether the Uber driver should have been approved by the company to accept passengers. If we find evidence that the Uber driver should not have been approved or should have been removed from Uber’s system, then we may pursue action against the rideshare company. For example, we have discovered Uber drivers with DUIs and other serious moving violations on the background. We have handled Uber accident claims in which the Uber driver’s vehicle was poorly maintained.Let Our Uber Car Accident Lawyers in Opa-Locka Fight for Your Compensation
Being injured in a car crash is already frustrating. Having to deal with a complicated insurance claim process afterwards is even more so. When an Uber driver is responsible for your injuries, you may need to deal with two claims involving two different insurers. Instead of letting the frustration slow down your recovery, let us handle the claims process. We will work hard to obtain you the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Contact Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (305) 371-6000 or by emailing email@example.com.