Did you or a loved one get hurt in an Uber accident in Jacksonville, Florida? Let the award-winning Jacksonville Uber accident lawyers at Baggett Law help you get the money you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering.
Since our founding in 2012, we’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in life-changing awards for those injured in preventable accidents. We take great pride in standing up for victims who deserve compensation for catastrophic injuries.
How Baggett Law Can Help After an Uber Accident in Jacksonville
After your Uber accident, you need time to recover and rest. Our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers can handle everything else.
When you hire Baggett Law, we can:
- Thoroughly investigate your accident to determine the cause
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Secure evidence that can support your case and defend against unfair blame against you
- Handle the claims process and handle all communications with insurance companies
- Negotiate for a fair settlement that covers all your damages
- Advocate for you in court if the insurance companies refuse to pay what you deserve
We gained valuable experience at highly competitive corporate law firms. We know how to manage difficult cases with tough defendants. We’re never afraid to go to court. And that means you’ll never have to accept a settlement that’s less than fair.
How Common Are Uber Accidents?
Truthfully, it’s hard to say. Accidents involving rideshares like Uber and Lyft aren’t regularly or consistently reported.
Uber Safety Report
Uber recently reported that there were 107 fatalities in “Uber-related” crashes nationwide from 2017-2018. A deeper dive into the report doesn’t reveal many details about the overall traffic safety record of Ubers.
For example, the report doesn’t report the total number of Uber crashes. It doesn’t report accidents that resulted in non-fatal injuries.
And it reports only fatalities that occurred while an Uber driver was using the Uber app. Many Uber drivers cruise around while looking for rides. Ubers could cause crashes while not using the app, but still zipping around looking for fares.
Since Uber crashes are reported along with other automobile accidents, we can look to overall motor vehicle crash statistics to get an idea of how many Uber accidents occur.
Uber has approximately 100,000 drivers operating in Florida. With extended services like Uber Eats and package delivery, Ubers are probably on the road more than you know.
Duval County Car Accident Statistics
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), vehicle accidents in Duval County are on the rise slightly in 2021 compared to the previous year:
- 2020: 21,211
- 2021: 21,956 (preliminary data through December 2)
Deaths from crashes so far are down slightly compared to 2020:
- 2020: 187
- 2021: 174 (preliminary data through December 2)
Injuries from crashes are slightly up in 2021 compared to 2020:
- 2020: 12,024
- 12,024 (preliminary data through Dec. 2)
Traffic volume over the past two years has been low due to the pandemic. Nationwide, however, fatalities have spiked at an alarming rate.
I Got Hurt in an Uber Accident – What’s My Case Worth?
No two cases are the same. Sometimes details emerge as the case progresses that could affect the value. Most auto accident cases are worth far more than people think. An experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer can help you understand what you might expect.
Factors Affecting the Value of Your Case
Some factors that can affect how much a case is worth include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The value of your current lost wages
- How your injuries affect your future employment
- The extent your family depends on your income
- How long your recovery is expected to take
- Whether you’re expected to fully recover
- How much your qualify of life is affected
- The amount of available insurance coverage
- Whether you were in any way at fault for the accident
Many other factors could apply. We treat each case as the unique, personal story that it is. And we work hard to maximize your financial compensation.
Insurance coverage often affects how much money is available to car accident victims. In crashes involving rideshare companies, multiple insurance policies may apply.
Uber drivers (for now) are independent contractors in Florida, although that status is being challenged. That means you can’t hold Uber liable if their drivers cause harm.
Florida law requires Uber drivers to carry a commercial insurance policy. Uber provides this for its drivers. However, this policy won’t always apply. The Uber driver’s status at the time of the accident will determine whether you can file a claim with the driver’s individual policy or Uber’s policy.
Uber App is Turned On, Driver Awaiting a Ride
If the Uber app is on, but the driver hasn’t yet accepted a ride, the following coverage is available:
- $50,000 per person for bodily injury
- $100,000 per accident for bodily injury
- $25,000 per accident for property damage
This is third-party liability coverage and will apply after any other Personal Injury Policy coverage is exhausted.
Driver Has Accepted an Uber Ride Request
Once an Uber driver accepts a ride request, the following coverage is available for crashes that occur on the way to pick up riders or during the ride:
- Up to $1 million in third-party liability coverage
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (provides coverage for you as an Uber passenger if hit by another driver with insufficient coverage)
This coverage applies until the Uber driver has completed the ride.
Uber App is Turned Off
When a driver isn’t using the Uber app, Uber’s insurance coverage is not available. The driver’s personal insurance policy will apply just like in any other car crash.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Uber Accident Victims?
If someone else is responsible for injuries you sustained in an Uber accident, you can seek compensation for all damages related to your injuries.
Damages are generally in one of two categories:
- Economic damages compensate you for monetary losses.
- Non-economic damages compensate you for pain and suffering.
Economic damages could include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Nursing care
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Non-economic damages might include compensation for:
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain
- Loss of consortium
- And more
Quality of life is often severely diminished by tragic accidents. Sometimes these effects are temporary. But consequences of trauma are often long-lasting or permanent.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be available. These are only awarded in extreme cases when the defendant’s conduct is considered outrageously reckless. Punitive damages serve as a penalty and a deterrent for bad behavior.
We have longstanding trusted relationships with professionals throughout Northeast Florida. That means that we have access to a broad network of experts we can rely on to help us accurately calculate and support your damages.
Can I Get Money If I’m Being Blamed For an Uber Accident in Florida?
It’s likely that you can still recover some compensation as long as you aren’t 100% to blame.
Under Florida’s comparative fault statute, liability is shared among parties depending on the portion of fault assigned to each party. Therefore, any award will be reduced by the proportion of the accident caused by your own negligence.
Likewise, if multiple parties are found to be at fault, they would share responsibility for compensation according to their portion of liability.
Uber Accidents Can Cause Serious, Catastrophic Injuries
Like any other car accident, Uber and Lyft crashes can cause any number of injuries.
Baggett Law handles cases with all types of injuries including:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Face and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
The type of injury you’ve sustained could vary widely depending on whether you were an Uber passenger, a pedestrian, on a bicycle, or in another vehicle. No matter the circumstances, Baggett Law will fight for the maximum compensation available to you.
What Causes Most Uber Accidents in Jacksonville, Florida?
Uber and Lyft accidents are similar to other car accidents in many ways. But rideshare drivers face other risks that other drivers don’t.
Uber drivers are distracted by design—they must constantly monitor and use the Uber app in order to operate. They frequently drive in areas they aren’t familiar with. And they’re under pressure to compete for rides.
Common causes of Uber accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Unfamiliar with area
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unruly passengers
- Unsafe left turns
- Running red/yellow lights
- Failure to see or stop for pedestrians
- Failure to yield right of way
- Mechanical failure
We have extensive experience with construction and transportation cases. There are often multiple parties that need to be held responsible. We have access to experts such as accident reconstructionists and engineers who help us identify all liable parties and causation issues.
Do I Need to Prove Negligence After an Uber Accident in Florida?
Most accidents are caused because someone was careless. That’s essentially what negligence is—the legal theory that allows you to hold someone financially responsible for failure to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.
To prove negligence, you must prove each of the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence:
- Duty: establish that the defendant owed you a duty not to cause harm
- Breach: prove that the defendant failed to uphold the duty of care
- Causation: prove that the defendant’s conduct resulted in your injuries
- Damages: prove that you suffered the damages you are seeking
Negligence is rarely simple to prove. Insurance companies fight hard. They try to blame the victim. Then they try to minimize your damages with all kinds of tactics.
Our Jacksonville Uber accident attorneys are tenacious when standing up to insurance companies. And we’re meticulous when it comes to analyzing and selecting the evidence to present in your case. We know what it takes to win.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Uber Car Accident in Florida?
To recover compensation for injuries sustained in a rideshare crash, you must file a lawsuit within four years. If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you’ll have just two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Don’t risk missing out on your right to recover the compensation you’re owed. Call a reputable Jacksonville personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Investigations can take time. Witnesses are more likely to be available and cooperative earlier in the process.
Uber accidents can be particularly complex because of the likelihood that multiple insurance companies will be involved. The sooner you get started on your case, the better.
Contact Our Jacksonville Uber Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in an Uber accident, Baggett Law can help you through the next steps. If someone else was at fault, our Jacksonville Uber accident lawyers will work tirelessly to hold all responsible parties financially accountable.
Call today for a case evaluation. Initial consultations are free, so don’t wait.
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