Uber Car Accidents
Unregulated ride sharing services present new challenges for lawyers representing injury victims. Few drivers are carefully screened before they get the Uber emblem. Many are inexperienced drivers with little or no knowledge of roadways in the cities in which they drive. Virtually no vehicles are inspected to make sure they are safe. Dependence on cell phone GPS and new customer pickups make driving the Uber vehicle more difficult than for others. Shared rides sometimes put Uber customers with unsavory even dangerous passengers. We know how to do the investigation of driver, vehicle, and conditions Uber should have done before your ride. We can help if you become an Uber victim.
Uber and other ride sharing companies are the modern equivalent of what used to be called "gypsy cabs". Over the last several years, Uber, Lyft and other "ridesharing" apps have become well-known and popular and "safe" alternatives to traditional public transportation options like taxi cabs, buses, and limousine services. Unfortunately, this is not always true. There has been sharp increase in the number Uber car accidents in Miami and other areas of South Florida. At Gerson and Schwartz, PA our Miami Uber car accident lawyers represent injured passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.
Many believe Uber is a company with illegal for-hire vehicles because drivers are not licensed by the states or regulated and is a company that is illegally operating across the nation. Uber drivers are not regulated and their drivers are not required to follow the same rules and safety regulations designed protect consumers and the motoring public against unscrupulous and even criminal operators in the traditional transportation industry must follow.
Uber is also a potentially dangerous and negligently operated business model because of their hiring practices. To become an Uber driver the application process is simple. Submit an online application and watch a 15 minute seminar.
You are hired.Uber Business Practices and Policies
Uber also not conduct comprehensive background checks, drugs tests, or screen employees through a fingerprint system to check drivers for criminal backgrounds. The company does not even meet new applicants in person prior to hiring them. For these reasons, you need an Uber car accident attorney to help evaluate whether or not any of these factors played a role in your collision.
Traditional taxi companies and other public carriers are required to screen their employees, not only for driving infractions, but for criminal records as well. Drivers are also required to have specialized training to acquire and retain special driving endorsements required to transport passengers. In addition to car accidents and motor vehicle collisions there have been numerous reports of other serious criminal incidents involving Uber drivers and passengers such as rape, sexual assault, and other violent crime.
Despite the lack of local and state regulatory compliance Uber continues to operate throughout Florida. Our Uber car accident attorneys know how to use the lack of regulatory compliance to hold a negligent driver legally accountable.More About Uber Car Accidents and Motor Vehicle Collisions in Miami
Uber drivers are held to the same legal standards as regular motor vehicle operators. Drivers must abide by all traffic safety and motor vehicle laws under Fla. Statutes Chapter 316. But many others for hire vehicles are required to be regularly inspected and maintained so that they meet safety standards that are more stringent than those for normal privately held automobiles. By Uber taking a legal position they are not operating transportation company, but are only providing a technology connecting drivers with passengers, ride share companies like Uber and Lfyt avoid laws and regulations transportation companies are required in order to lawfully operate.
Traditional taxi companies and others in the transportation industry are also required to follow various safety regulations. But with rideshare companies such as Uber, driver laws and other safety regulations may not apply.
Uber drivers are not required to:
- Have a chauffeurs license;
- Submit to regular medical or physical examinations;
- Submit, take or perform a drug test prior to hire;
- Submit to any annual or routine eye exams;
- Complete a road test;
- Follow any maximum number of hours they may drive consecutively
Due to the lack of oversight in areas where Uber and other ride sharing companies operate companies like Uber and Lyft can operate with negligently trained or even unqualified drivers. Drivers may be unfamiliar with roadways and neighborhoods they are hired to travel thereby exposing passengers, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and others from preventable auto, car and motor vehicle accidents and other unreasonable risks of harm.
At Gerson and Schwartz, PA our Uber car accident lawyers in Miami represent injured victims due to:
- Rear End Collisions
- Failure to Yield Uber Accidents
- Side Impact Uber Collisions
- Head on Uber Accidents
- Distracted Driving Uber Accidents
- Drunk Driving Uber Accidents
- DUI Uber Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Uber v. Truck Accidents
- Accidents and Commercial vehicles
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents With Uber Drivers
We have over 50 years of experience handling serious injuries in auto, car, and motor vehicle collisions. Our firm has also litigated several Uber car accident claims in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. We understand the different legal issues that accident victims and their families face. Our approach is to not delay. If a reasonable settlement is not made, we won't hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
From trial through appellate proceedings our firm has also established laws that are still followed under Florida jurisprudence. With our commitment to car accident victims and their families and using our knowledge helps us litigate important cases against ride sharing accidents like Uber related motor vehicle collisions cases.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured, or a loved one was the victim of wrongful death in a car accident with in an Uber motor vehicle, or were the victim of a crime with an Uber driver contact our firm for help. All case calls are confidential and there are no costs to you in order to get started.Why You Need an Uber Car Accident Lawyer in Miami
Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing applications are fairly new to the motoring public. The law and insurance issues that may apply can be complex. Uber car accidents are also handled differently than routine car accidents with vehicles insured by Geico, Allstate, Progressive, and other personal lines insurance carriers.
After an accident, Uber usually hires a private adjusting company to investigate all serious injury claims. These companies are employed to interview witnesses, take statements and gather other important evidence. Much of this happens before you know it. They may even attempt to contact you and offer you quick money. But don't be fooled. The only reason why they are offering to settle a case so early on is to limit their financial exposure because they know that your legal claim is probably worth much more. Though all insurance adjusters function in a similar fashion, our experience is that private adjusting companies assigned to investigate Uber injury claims is more aggressive than others. Uber car accident victims should seek the advice from a car accident lawyer that has handled Uber injury cases as soon as possible.
After any auto, car, or motor vehicle collision with an Uber driver we recommend avoiding all communications with any third party adjuster or investigator. It's always best to hire your own Uber car accident attorney. If you or a loved one were injured in car accident due to a careless, reckless or negligent Uber driver contact our law firm for help.What Insurance is Available for Miami Uber Car Accident Victims?
If you were injured in an Uber car wreck, you also need to understand what financial resources are available. Medicals bills and related treatment can result in significant financial burdens for accident victims. Here are the basics of what insurance may be available.
- Uber drivers are required to carry their own personal automobile insurance. But the company also provides drivers with an additional $1,000,000 in bodily injury liability insurance coverage.
- Most insurance policies are insured by James River Insurance Company. This insurance may be available to cover injured passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers involved in an Uber car crash. However, this insurance only insures negligence victims when the driver is either working or on the clock.
- Uber's auto insurance is also not primary but is secondary. In other words, if you are an injured passenger or driver, after an accident with an Uber driver the driver's personal auto insurance is used first. This may be enough to cover accident victims damages. If not, then Uber's insurance policy may cover up to an additional one million dollars for bodily injury and death claims.
- Uber drivers also carry up to 1,000,000 in uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This can help injury victims recover financial compensation when an uninsured or under-insured motorist causes and crash. If your not sure whether or not this applies to you contact an Uber car accident lawyer in Miami for help.
If you were injured in an Uber accident you may be entitled to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills and related treatment
- Costs for future medical care
- Wage loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional and psychological harms
- Pain and Suffering
- Inability to lead a normal life
- Loss of society, support, and services
Here are some tips when searching for the best Uber car accident attorney in Miami:
- Take a look at the firm's experience. How long has the firm been in business?
- Is the firm accredited by the Better Business Review?
- Do the law firm and attorneys specialize in car and automobile accidents and serious injury cases?
- How often does the firm go to trial? When was the last time?
- What percentage of the firms practice consists of representing plaintiffs and does the firm specialize in personal injury law?
- Does the law firm you're interviewing specialize in any other area of the law aside from personal injury?
Injury victims should also be aware of some questionable business practices. Some companies market themselves to car accident and serious injury victims in South Florida. However, many of these marketing organizations are not personal injury lawyers nor run by law firms. They are just companies that market to accident victims and their families. Negligence victims should be careful about who to speak to after any accident, including a car accident with an Uber driver.
In order to find the best Uber accident lawyer in Miami we also recommend doing your own research. Read online reviews. We also remind you to stay away from companies like "411 Pain" and other lawyer referral companies or third parties that target car accident victims. We also recommend that you meet with the attorney that is going to represent your legal interests and always recommend that our clients meet us in person. This gives our clients a sense of comfort for who we are, how we do it, and how we are going to protect them.Uber Car Accident Attorneys in Miami Representing Victims for 50 Years
The Miami personal injury law offices of Gerson & Schwartz, PA, handles all types of serious accident, injury and death claims throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida. If you or a loved one were injured in car crash with an Uber driver or were a passenger injured in an Uber vehicle in don't wait. Contact Gerson and Schwartz today. Time is working against you. Contact us today for a free case consultation by calling (305) 371-6000. Or, you can email us at email@example.com.Attorneys for Uber Car Injury Victims in Miami
All new case consultations are free. There are also no upfront costs or attorney's fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Our Miami car accident lawyers represent Uber auto, car, and motor vehicle accident and negligence victims in Miami, Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, Brickell, Miami Shores, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Homestead, Florida City, Princeton, The Falls, South Beach, Edgewater, Key Biscayne, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Kendall, and other areas of South Florida. Don't wait and contact us today to find out how we can help you too.
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At Gerson and Schwartz, PA our Uber car accident attorneys in Miami specialize representing clients seriously injured in auto, car, and motor vehicle accident claims. Gerson and Schwartz PA. accident lawyers are located in the heart of Miami, Florida on Coral Way and is just minutes from downtown Miami. We have over four decades of experience representing injury victims and their families. All cases are handled under a contingent fee agreement. There are also no upfront costs to get started. For a free consultation contact us at (305) 371-6000. Or, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.