Experienced Uber Accident Attorney in Vero Beach, FL: The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our accomplished Vero Beach, FL personal injury attorney recognizes the popularity of using ride-sharing services like Uber. We are also well-acquainted with the difficulties associating legal standing and those who are responsible for an Uber accident, and the victims left in their wake.
We have represented individuals who have been hurt in Uber accidents while creating precedents in who is responsible, and how the laws affect recovery for the victims of these accidents. We can help you traverse the complicated process of holding an Uber driver or the company, and their insurance companies responsible for your injuries.
What Are the Laws Governing Uber Driving/Riding in Florida?
In May 2017 Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law house bill CS/HB 221 – known as the “Uber/Lyft Bill”. This law effectively applies regulations and standards on ride-sharing companies operating in the State of Florida.
Under the law, Uber must:
- Meet insurance and background check requirements for drivers statewide
- Maintain $1 million in coverage when a passenger is inside an Uber vehicle
Who Is Responsible for My Injuries after an Uber Accident?
This can become complicated based on your injury – and how it pertains to the Uber driver. Legally, there are three types of accident victims where Uber is concerned.
The injured party is either a:
- Passenger in an Uber vehicle
- Driver or passenger of another vehicle that an Uber driver collides with
- Pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist hit by an Uber driver
It is important to understand that your position – and which category you fall in – will determine who is financially responsible for your injuries. Since ride-sharing is a newer service, the legal standing and precedents involved in these auto accidents are still operating in a grey area.
Depending on which injured party you fall within, the recovery pursuit can descend on:
- The Uber driver
- The company, Uber
- Insurance companies representing each defendant
The laws are loosely recorded, and Uber’s hardline on when a driver is employed by their company at the time of the accident creates a complex scenario that requires legal representation to sort through.
The initial problem is that Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, removing Uber from any liability if that driver is in an accident. Although the Florida law provides a $1 million liability option to go into effect after an Uber accident, the company will certainly deny the claim immediately. Likewise, the driver’s insurance provider will do the same, claiming their coverage does not include commercial use of a vehicle.
How Can the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff Help?
When dealing with the driver, Uber, and the insurance companies who represent each party, the red tape will continue to thicken. The insurance companies will continue denying responsibility, voiding recovery options at every turn.
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, we have the experience – and the law – on our side, and can help you pursue financial recovery for your injuries quickly and effectively. We will take the lead in pursuing the proper parties, no matter how conflicting their contracts and statements become, until we can reach a proper settlement for your personal injuries.
Contact Our Experienced Uber Accident Attorney in Vero Beach, FL Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Uber accident, either as a direct passenger, an occupant of another vehicle, or as a pedestrian or bike rider, call us today at (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation. These complex accidents can make you feel like there aren’t any answers and that you will have to suffer the consequences of the crash on your own. We understand, and we want to help. Call us today to discuss your Uber accident in full and allow us to determine the next steps to holding the responsible party accountable for your injuries.