Can A Passenger Sue An Uber Driver In Florida?
An Uber passenger may be within their legal rights to sue an Uber driver in the event of an accident. Although initial compensation would come from your Florida no-fault insurance policy, any costs that exceed your compensatory amount would be the responsibility of the at-fault driver.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you navigate your rideshare accident.
Florida’s No-Fault Laws
Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state. This means that regardless of fault, you will seek compensation for your damages from your Florida insurance policy. There are situations in which this will not apply.
For example, a severe car accident with expensive medical bills and an extended time away from work can quickly exceed the coverages of a no-fault policy. Additionally, it is possible that if you were using a rideshare company, that you do not have insurance coverage. In both of these situations, we would seek compensation from the at-fault party through a third-party personal injury claim.
Identifying Fault In An Uber Car Accident
Negligence is often the cause of car accidents. If your Uber driver is responsible for any of these negligent actions, then they may also be liable for your damages:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of an illegal substance
- Failure to make mechanical repairs
- Lack of knowledge of local road laws
- Aggressive driving/road rage
- Failure to identify pedestrians
- Failure to drive cautiously in poor weather
Your Uber driver has a legal duty of care for your safety and wellbeing. When they act in a way that is negligent, they can be liable for any damages that they cause.
Building Your Personal Injury Case
It is important that we demonstrate how your Uber driver’s negligent actions were the cause of your accident. Our team of Uber car accident lawyers will work to build your case with the following information:
- Police report
- Medical records
- Phone logs
- Witness statements
- Expert witness reports
- Training records
- Image or video evidence
Recoverable Damages In An Uber Car Accident
An Uber car accident can put you in a tough financial situation. You might worry who will cover your medical bills. You might also wonder how you will cover your household expenses if you are unable to return to work. It is only right that the responsible party covers the following damages:
- Medical bills (past, current, and future)
- Property damage
- Lost wages and work benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The impact of a car accident can be fatal. If you lost a loved one in an Uber car accident, you may be eligible for compensation to assist with funeral expenses and lost income. It is also possible that you may be subject to compensation for pain and suffering, both for any pain your loved one experienced following the accident and the pain that their loss has left you with.
File Your Case Within Florida’s Statute Of Limitations
Florida limits the time in which we can file a car accident case to just four years after the date of the accident. While this might seem like a lot of time, this deadline comes fast. Additionally, we have just two years to file a wrongful death claim in Florida. Rideshare accidents are often complicated and insurance companies can be slow moving.
In order to protect your legal rights to compensation, it is important that you discuss the details of your Florida Uber car accident case with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that there may be other time limits that we are subject to. Individual insurance companies may set their own claim limits. You also have just a short amount of time to file a police report and notify Uber of the accident.
Failing to meet any of these time limits can prevent you from collecting the compensation that you need to recover.
Schedule A Free Consultation With an Uber Car Accident Lawyer Today
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are here to help you navigate your Florida Uber car accident case. We will assist you with collecting the necessary evidence to identify fault and build your case. We will also manage all the details of your accident case, ensuring that we stay within the required time limits.
You can schedule a free consultation with one of our Uber car accident lawyers today at 855-529-0269. There is no obligation to you as we will never charge you anything unless we are able to collect compensation on your behalf.