Uber Accidents & Injuries
Injured during an Uber ride? Did you know you have a right to compensation for your injuries? Here’s what you need to know about Uber-related accidents and injuries.
Despite the convenience of using a ride-sharing service like Uber, there is one very clear risk that has yet to be addressed: you don't know your driver, and you don't know what their driving record is like.
In fact, drivers are never given a background check by either Uber or local police before they are allowed to pick up passengers. Needless to say, there's a huge potential for negligence.
An All-Too-Common Occurrence
In an unfortunate number of cases, people have been picked up by Uber drivers whose history included DUIs, traffic accidents and other negligent driving habits. In July of 2014, for example, a driver in Washington, D.C. put three innocent passengers in danger by evading police and engaging in a high-speed chase that nearly killed them, narrowly missing several passing cars in the process. Incredibly, the passengers were able to escape that incident uninjured. Sadly, not every Uber passenger is so lucky. Of course not every incident is the fault of the Uber driver. In California, a woman was killed when her Uber ride was struck by another vehicle.
Common Uber Injuries
Car accidents can cause some of the most damaging and lasting injuries due to the speed and bulk of the vehicle involved. Possible injuries may include:
Not only can such injuries incur hospital stay and treatment costs, but they can also cause a need for ongoing physical therapy, which can last for months or even years, incurring costs that build up over time.
Know Your Rights
If you're the passenger who's been injured in an Uber-related accident, it's not your job to determine fault. Regardless of what happened, if you are facing a stack of medical bills from such an accident, you have the right to seek damages to cover them.
If you've been in a car accident while in a car with an Uber driver, you might be hesitant to take action because you aren't sure how to proceed. Should you sue the driver personally, or the Uber company as a whole? Was it the other driver who was responsible?
The questions can be overwhelming to try and answer for yourself, and the actual litigation can be incredibly challenging due to the tricky insurance issues involved.
If you've been injured as a result of an Uber accident, you should immediately seek the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. has years of experience getting fair compensation for Florida car accident victims, including handling Uber related claims. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today.
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