Pursuing Ride Sharing Services for Injuries
Uber has become a popular form of transportation that shuttles riders to the airport or home after a night out. The ride sharing service offers a convenient alternative to taxis, which can be unreliable some cities and towns. However, the benefits are tempered by risks of accidents and assaults.
Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers is a Trinity-based auto accident law firm that helps passengers injured in car collisions. Our Uber accident lawyers have the experience and determination to take on big corporations. We hold the ride sharing company accountable for injuries resulting from its drivers’ actions, in addition to the driver who caused the crash.
Drivers Are Not Adequately Vetted
An Uber driver needs a car and a driver’s license to start working for the company. The driver does not need a special license, permit, training or test. Background checks are left up to Uber, which has often missed red flags about a driver’s criminal history or poor traffic record. Unfortunately, these lax regulations have resulted in inadequate vetting of drivers who transport you and your loved ones.
Several incidents have brought the insufficient background checks to the forefront. Over the past few years, drivers have assaulted passengers, caused severe accidents and run over pedestrians, resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities.
Driver’s Insurance Might Not Cover Commercial Activity
Uber attempts to direct claims to the driver’s insurance company before its own. In this way, Uber can control the numbers of claims registered and the price of its premiums and deductibles. Yet, there is no advantage to you, the customer.
First, insurance policies typically contain language that limits coverage to non-commercial use. Transporting a rider for a fare, therefore, would not be covered. A driver with the wherewithal and responsibility to obtain commercial coverage may nonetheless have a low limit insufficient to pay damages in a serious accident.
Uber is currently valued at $51 billion. Yet, the ride sharing company fights tooth and nail against paying its drivers’ claims. The company claims to be merely an Internet interface that allows independent contractors, the driver, to connect with clients, the riders.
Under pressure, Uber agreed to comply with Florida insurance laws governing taxicabs and limousine services. The company maintains policy limits of $1 million for liability, uninsured motorists and underinsured motorist polices. Our lawyers pursue Uber for the maximum possible damages right off the bat to avoid delays in recovering compensation to which you are entitled.
Consult with Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers about Holding Uber Responsible for Your Injuries
Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers represents injured automobile passengers in Uber accidents. We offer you a free case evaluation and we handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay lawyers’ fees unless we recover damages through a settlement or verdict award. Our 24-hour call back policy makes your lawyer available to answer questions or give you an update on your case.
Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.