Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft offer convenience and lower price points than traditional taxi cabs. Uber is a classic example of a disruptive technology, which took a foothold on a market and industry. In 2018, CNBC listed Uber second on its list of most disruptive companies in the world, second only to SpaceX. Uber officially began operating in 2011 in San Francisco and launched in Florida in 2014. In the last 10 years, the rideshare industry has developed and grown. With that growth, so have the number of accidents involving ridesharing vehicles. Accidents involving Uber vehicles occur on highways, city streets, and at intersections. With so many rideshare vehicles on the road, accidents are a daily occurrence.
Have you been injured in an Uber accident in Tampa? If so, you may be eligible to seek monetary compensation in a personal injury claim. Before you accept any compensation offer from your rideshare driver’s insurance company, or from a rideshare company, speak with a Florida personal injury lawyer. Rideshare injury claims can be complex, especially if the claim is directly against the rideshare company.
Common Injuries Resulting from Uber Accidents in Florida
Rear-end accidents and left-turn accidents are common types of rideshare accidents. These collisions may cause whiplash injuries, strains and sprains, concussions, and broken bones. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Seeing a health care provider is important for your own health and well-being, as well as for documenting your injuries should you file a personal injury claim later. If your treating doctor recommends a follow-up visit to your primary care provider or a specialist, make sure to follow all recommendations. As soon as your immediate medical needs have been addressed, contact a lawyer immediately.
Getting Maximum Compensation For a Personal Injury Claim
Although Uber drivers must pass a background check, a clean driving and criminal record will not prevent an accident caused by a distracted or fatigued driver – or an accident caused by a negligent driver in another vehicle. If you are injured as a passenger, it is unlikely that you were responsible for an accident. Although rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have insurance policies, they also aggressively defend claims. Without a lawyer representing you, it may be impossible to recover the maximum, full and fair compensation you are entitled to.
Every accident and personal injury claim is unique. The amount of compensation you can recover after an accident will depend on many factors, including the severity of your injuries and how they will affect you going forward. Another factor that may determine the ultimate outcome of your claim is the knowledge, skills, and experience of your personal injury attorney.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your Potential Case
The Coleman Law Group has represented numerous individuals injured in rideshare accidents along Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you’d like to speak with an attorney about your legal rights to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering, call us today. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Call us at (877) 822-9292 to schedule your consultation.