Uber Accident Lawyers in Pompano Beach
Dedicated Injury Lawyers Represent Clients in Pompano Beach Uber Accident Cases
Uber services have managed to eliminate many risks for drivers on the Pompano Beach roadways—the risk of driving under the influence of alcohol, the risk of not being able to find public transportation to a destination and even the risk of being unable to find parking for a personal vehicle can all be eliminated by using Uber. Despite these powerful benefits, Uber cannot eliminate the risk that you will be involved in a car accident involving an Uber driver. Uber accidents occur just as frequently as accidents involving personal vehicles and, if someone else’s negligent driving caused the Uber accident, you may have the right to recover compensation for any injuries you sustained in that accident.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we understand the complications that arise when an Uber accident interacts with Florida’s no-fault insurance law. While every Florida driver is required to maintain car insurance, personal car insurance policies typically do not cover situations where the driver was engaged in some sort of commercial business—as would be the case if the driver was using a personal vehicle to transport Uber passengers for profit. We can help you navigate the insurance complications that can arise after an Uber accident and are also here to advocate for your rights throughout the entire process of pursuing a personal injury claim.
Understanding Pompano Beach Uber Regulations
Because of complications that arose in past Uber accident cases, the Florida legislature has enacted regulations designed to ensure that Uber passengers and other drivers and pedestrians on the roads are protected in the event that an accident involving Uber occurs. These regulations include both insurance coverage requirements and requirements that the driver must satisfy with respect to his or her background. For example, a driver will be prohibited from driving for Uber if that individual:
- Lacks a valid driver’s license or vehicle registration documents,
- Has been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs within the five previous years,
- Caused a hit and run accident within the five previous years,
- Was convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license within the three previous years,
- Is listed on a national sex offender registry.
Under prior law, there was significant controversy as to whose insurance coverage applied in Uber accident cases. Current requirements now specify that Uber is required to provide certain levels of insurance coverage that apply when an Uber driver is involved in an accident, so that Pompano Beach Uber accident victims will now have access to $1 million in insurance protection if the Uber driver had a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Gonzalez & Cartwright Protect Uber Accident Victims’ Right to Compensation in Pompano Beach
The mere presence of additional insurance protection, while a good step, is no guarantee that you will automatically be given fair compensation for injuries sustained in a Pompano Beach Uber accident. Like any other insurance carrier, Uber’s insurance company is motivated to minimize their own financial exposure following an accident—meaning that it is important that you retain an experienced attorney who understands the laws that apply in Uber accident cases.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have been protecting the rights of the Hispanic community in South Florida for over a decade, and we have over 35 years’ combined experience negotiating with insurance companies and fighting for clients’ right to fair compensation after an accident. We will fight to win all available compensation in your case, including compensation for:
- Hospital expenses, including emergency room care
- Ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle or other personal property
- Pain and suffering
Call Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Experienced Pompano Beach Uber Accident Lawyers Gonzalez & Cartwright
As in any other motor vehicle accident case, timing can be critical in securing your right to compensation after a Pompano Beach Uber accident. Contact our experienced Uber accident lawyers as soon as possible so that we can get to work fighting to protect your rights. You can call our office or fill out this secure online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case today.
About Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach is located between Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, and is known for its exceptional opportunities for boating and fishing in the area. Many visitors and locals are attracted to the living coral reef located just off the coast of Pompano Beach, as well as the large fishing pier, beaches, and more than 50 public parks. Pompano Beach is increasingly becoming a popular destination partially because of the fact that it offers all of the outdoor activities of nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale but is a relatively peaceful community by comparison.
Frequently Asked Questions About Uber Accidents in Pompano Beach, FL
FAQ: I was injured in a Pompano Beach Uber accident, but I have my own car insurance. Can I use Uber’s insurance to cover the cost of my injuries instead?
The $1 million in insurance coverage provided by Uber will provide coverage if someone else was at fault for the accident—for example, if you were a passenger in the Uber vehicle—and your car insurance policy is insufficient to cover the damages caused by the accident. Florida law requires drivers to maintain a $10,000 PIP insurance policy, but $10,000 is often insufficient to cover the cost of your injuries. In these cases, our lawyers can help you obtain coverage for the additional expenses from Uber’s policy.
FAQ: Don’t Uber drivers have to maintain commercial insurance policies under the same rules that apply to taxi drivers? Why wouldn’t this policy apply in an Uber accident?
No. The insurance laws that apply to taxi drivers do not also apply to Uber drivers. Taxis are considered commercial vehicles, and so are required to maintain commercial insurance coverage. Uber cars are still primarily treated as personal vehicles owned by the Uber driver, and so the commercial insurance rules do not apply. This is why Florida has enacted a separate set of regulations that apply specifically in the case of Uber accidents which, although arguably more complex to access, can give accident victims significantly expanded protection.