West Palm Beach Uber Accident Lawyer
Experienced Uber Accident Lawyers Get Financial Compensation for Uber Accident Victims
Most of us have had experience with Uber or another ridesharing service, either as a driver or passenger. That’s why many people see ridesharing services as a win-win. Uber drivers have the opportunity to earn a living—or to supplement their income—by using their car to give rides to users of the platform. And users of Uber enjoy a clean, comfortable ride at a reasonable cost, which explains why so many people in South Florida—tourists and residents alike—are using Uber in lieu of taxis and public transportation.
It’s probably safe to say that the user’s Uber experience is satisfactory the overwhelming majority of the time. But what about the rare occasions when it isn’t? Like when your Uber driver causes an accident, or another driver causes an accident in which your Uber driver is involved? And what if you are seriously injured in just such a crash? You want to get in touch with a West Palm Beach Uber accident lawyer who has extensive experience handling ridesharing cases in South Florida. Why? Ridesharing adds another level of complexity to auto accident law, and these cases typically present issues above and beyond what you’d normally see in a Florida motor vehicle accident case.
Uber Driver Background Check Requirements in West Palm Beach, Florida
It can be argued that one reason the Uber experience is generally positive is that the state of Florida requires prospective Uber drivers to undergo a background check before they can take fares. Following are some of the things that can prevent an individual from becoming an Uber driver.
- A hit-and-run accident within the past five years.
- A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) within the past five years.
- A conviction for driving with a suspended or revoked license within the past three years.
- The lack of a valid driver’s license or vehicle registration.
- Being listed on the federal sex offender registry.
Common Injuries in Uber Accident Cases in West Palm Beach, FL
But, of course, accidents do happen, and at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., the injuries we see in Uber crashes mirror those we see in other motor vehicle accident cases, as you might expect.
These injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Scarring and disfigurement
As such, the recoverable damages in Uber accident cases are similar to those of common auto accidents.
Recoverable Damages in an Uber accident that occurs in West Palm Beach?
The potential damages include:
- Property damage
- Hospital bills and other medical bills
- Prescription drug costs and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
So if you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident and you feel that you are not being appropriately compensated for your injuries, contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer right away.
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Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Lake Worth, across from City Hall. Just give us a call or fill out this online contact form, to take advantage of your free initial consultation today. If you can’t make it to our offices, we are available to travel to your home or hospital room, and evening & weekend appointments are available as well. If English isn’t your first language, that’s not a problem either. Bilingual attorneys and support staff make it easy to choose us if you’re a member of the local Hispanic community, which we have proudly served since the firm opened its doors in 2010. For example, one of the principals at our firm is a past president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and has served on the board of the Hispanic Education Coalition.
You have up to four years to file a lawsuit in an Uber accident case, but it’s in your best interest to contact a West Palm Beach Uber accidents lawyer as soon as possible after the crash in which you were involved. For one, an attorney can help obtain and preserve evidence necessary to successfully pursue a claim. Also, to collect from your own no-fault insurance policy, it is imperative that you meet the prescribed deadlines and follow the prescribed requirements.
If it takes you more than 14 days to seek medical treatment in the wake of your accident, you may lose the personal injury protection benefits provided by your own insurance policy, At the same time, you may damage the credibility of your claim against the defendants, should you decide to file a lawsuit.