Like many cities across America, Gainesville has experienced a rapid increase in ride sharing vehicles in recent years. Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing apps make it easy to hail a ride on demand. But what happens when your ride share vehicle is involved in a car accident? This is a new and developing area of the law that has not yet seen much regulation by way of Florida statutes or case law. If you have been involved in an Uber accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to compensation.
Insurance companies spend millions of dollars every year training their adjusters to pay as little as possible on as few claims as possible. These employees are required to find any possible way to avoid liability for their driver. Introducing Uber, Lyft, or another ride share company into the mix only gives insurance companies another party on whom to deflect the blame.
Is Uber at Fault for Your Accident?
After an auto accident, the insurance companies for all drivers involved will investigate the accident to determine who was legally responsible (“liable”) for causing the accident. In addition to the negligence of a driver, the ride share company itself may be liable for failing to properly screen its drivers or their driving records prior to employment, failing to adequately train or supervise its drivers, or failing to ensure that its vehicles are in safe operating condition. Uber may even be liable for accidents involving its self-driving vehicles.
The ride sharing company may or may not be liable for your injuries. But it is important to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney so that all potentially liable parties are found, and all sources of compensation for your injuries are explored.
What Should I Do After an Uber Accident?
- Call 911. Make sure that all necessary medical, fire, and law enforcement services are contacted and any injured parties receive medical attention.
- Give your statement to officers on the scene and ask them how to obtain a copy of the police report. If not police report is filed, be sure to get license plate numbers, driver identification, etc.
- Report the accident to Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare providers. (The company websites provide details on how to report an accident.)
- Consult with an attorney to make sure that your claim is properly and timely filed with the correct insurance carrier.
- Get any necessary follow-up medical, dental or mental health treatment for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Gainesville Auto Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving an Uber, contact Meldon Law at (352) 614-3705 to schedule your free consultation. Our experienced, aggressive attorneys have decades of experience in protecting the rights of Gainesville auto accident victims. We will defend your case in this new, developing area of the law to make sure your right to compensation is fully protected.