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Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in an accident involving a rideshare service in New Port Richey, FL? Uber accident claims can involve complex insurance issues. An experienced New Port Richey Uber accident lawyer can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your personal pain and suffering.

Since 2001, we’ve committed our entire practice to helping injured clients recover fair compensation. Between us, we have over 119 years of experience advocating for accident victims like you.

We’d be proud to put that experience to work for you. Contact us or call our law offices in New Port Richey, Florida at (727) 910-5060 to schedule a free consultation today with our experienced attorneys at Winters and Yonker, P.A..

How Winters & Yonker, P.A. Can Help After an Uber Accident in New Port Richey

How Winters & Yonker, P.A. Can Help After an Uber Accident in New Port Richey

Uber offers a convenient alternative to taxis and public transportation. Still, there’s no way to guarantee a safe ride. Accidents happen all the time, and when you’re injured, you deserve to hold the at-fault driver liable for your damages.

Complications often arise in Uber accident cases. Multiple commercial insurance policies may be involved. That means the insurance company will probably try to blame someone else for your damages. They may even try to blame you.

An experienced New Port Richey personal injury lawyer can protect your interests. 

At Winters & Yonker, P.A., our lawyers are dedicated to doing everything possible to recover meaningful compensation for our clients. We offer personalized legal advice and guidance every step of the way.

When you retain us, we will:

  • Handle the investigation into your accident
  • Locate evidence to prove your case
  • File a claim with the correct insurance company
  • Calculate your case value so that you don’t risk accepting a lowball settlement
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf

It’s never too early to learn about your legal options. Call our New Port Richey personal injury attorneys to get started today.

How Common Are Uber Accidents in New Port Richey?

Uber drivers completed 6.3 billion trips in 2021. While it seems reasonable to assume that most rides end without incident, it’s not easy to find statistics on Uber and Lyft accidents. 

According to Uber, 99.9% of all Uber trips end without a safety incident. Uber also found that Uber drivers are much less likely to be involved in accidents than the average driver.

However, one comprehensive study has found that fatal auto accidents have increased by between 2% and 4% each year since rideshare companies were introduced in major U.S. cities.

What is My New Port Richey Uber Accident Case Worth?

How much is my personal injury case worth” is one of the first questions injury victims ask. After all, pursuing compensation can take time and energy. 

Your case value will depend on:

  • The nature of your injuries
  • The cost of your medical treatment, property damage, and other expenses
  • Your lost wages during recovery
  • The impact of the injury on your future work and quality of life
  • Your pain and suffering
  • The amount of insurance coverage available

It’s important to consider both your financial and intangible losses when putting a dollar value on your case. Our accident lawyers in New Port Richey will work to evaluate the extent of your damages so you can rest assured that you’re getting the maximum compensation possible.

How Can Available Insurance Impact My Case Value?

Many car accident claims are limited by the amount of insurance coverage available. The same is true in Uber accident cases. Every driver must purchase auto insurance. A typical car accident victim will file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company after exhausting their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. 

Uber accident cases are often complicated because the Uber driver’s personal insurance is often unavailable.

Uber drivers use their personal vehicles to make a profit. That means their personal insurance carrier can deny any claims while the driver is using the vehicle for profit. Uber also classifies drivers as independent contractors, so victims can’t sue Uber for damages. 

Under relatively new state laws, Uber and Lyft are required to provide commercial insurance coverage to protect victims in a crash. Two different Uber insurance policies may apply. The available coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the crash. As the victim, you’re required to prove which Uber policy applies.

Uber Driver is Available To Accept Rides

If the Uber driver is logged into the Uber app and ready to accept ride requests, the following insurance is available:

  • $50,000 in bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 in property damage per accident

These policy limits are higher than most personal car insurance policies. However, Uber’s coverage is third-party coverage that only applies if your own personal insurance doesn’t cover your full damages.

Uber Driver Has Accepted a Passenger Request

Additional insurance coverage is available if the driver has accepted an Uber passenger request.

This more generous insurance policy covers:

  • $1 million third-party liability coverage
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision up to the actual cash value of your car

The $1 million insurance policy applies from the moment the driver accepts the ride request until the ride ends in the Uber app.

What Types of Damages Are Available To Uber Accident Victims?

Car accident victims can recover both economic damages and non-economic damages under Florida personal injury laws.

You may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

To receive fair compensation, you have to prove the damages you suffered because of the accident.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Uber Accident in Florida?

Yes. Under Florida’s pure comparative fault laws, your settlement or verdict can be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. If the insurance company proves you were 40% liable, your settlement will be reduced by 40%.

We’ll Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Uber Accident Injuries

Uber and Lyft accidents can cause serious injuries.

At Winters & Yonker, P.A., we often represent Uber victims in the Tampa Bay area who have sustained:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Facial injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

Our lawyers will help you fight for fair compensation regardless of the injuries you suffered. Contact our law firm in New Port Richey to learn more about how we can help today.

What Causes Most Uber Accidents in New Port Richey, Florida?

Uber drivers don’t receive any special training. While they may spend more time behind the wheel, they’re just as likely to cause a motor vehicle accident as any other driver.

Some of the most common causes of Uber accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Watching the phone’s GPS instead of the road
  • Stopping in dangerous locations for passenger pickups
  • Speeding 
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Tailgating
  • Dangerous turns
  • Racing through intersections to beat a red light
  • Running stop signs
  • Other traffic violations
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Poorly maintained Uber vehicles

Of course, the Uber driver isn’t always responsible for causing an accident. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and third-party motorists can also share blame for an Uber accident.

How Do I Prove Negligence After an Uber Accident in Florida? 

Most Uber accident claims are built on negligence.

The Uber accident victim is responsible for proving a few things in a successful negligence case, including:

  • Identifying the at-fault driver’s legal duty of care
  • Establishing that a breach of duty happened
  • Proving that the breach of duty actually caused the accident
  • Identifying the damages you sustained due to the accident

In some cases, more than one party can share fault. Our New Port Richey Uber accident attorneys will investigate to determine what happened.

We’ll search for strong evidence, such as:

  • Data from the Uber app
  • Police and accident reports
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Dash cam footage
  • Video surveillance footage from traffic cameras and businesses
  • Data from the crash scene
  • Results of toxicology tests
  • Medical records and opinions from experts

You deserve to know who was responsible for your injuries. To learn more about how an experienced car accident lawyer can help, call Winters & Yonker, P.A. for a free case evaluation today.

How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After an Uber Accident in Florida?

Accident victims have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The clock begins to run on the date of the crash. After four years pass, you won’t be able to sue for damages.

Contact a New Port Richey Uber Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Do you have questions about your legal rights after a rideshare accident in New Port Richey? Our team at Winters & Yonker, P.A. is here to help. Just call to schedule your free consultation with a New Port Richey Uber accident lawyer today.