Tampa Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber has become a popular mode of transportation in recent years. But, it has actually helped to increase the number of cars on the road, which causes congestion. According to the 2017-2018 US Safety Report by Uber, Americans took an average of 3.1 million trips daily with Uber drivers over the course of the year. Uber drivers are mixed in with the rest of traffic. Unfortunately, when the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 403,626 crashes in 2018, some of those crashes are bound to have involved an Uber driver. If you were involved in an Uber crash, you need to work with our Tampa Uber accident lawyer to receive fair compensation.
First Steps to Take After You Have Been in an Uber Crash
After being involved in a collision as an Uber passenger, an Uber driver, or a third party, the first step is always the same—make sure that you and others receive the emergency medical attention they need. Next, you should call the police, then begin the process of documenting license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, names and phone numbers of other individuals. Finally, contact an attorney.
Common Causes of Uber Collisions
Uber collisions have been on the rise in the last few years, which should come as little surprise given how prevalent Uber has become on our roadways. Common causes of collisions, when the Uber driver is at fault, include driver distraction, drowsy driving, speeding, and aggressive driving. Because Uber drivers are having to navigate with GPS, their eyes and minds tend to be off the road—two forms of distraction that are prevalent among all drivers, Uber or not. An experienced attorney can help determine the cause of the crash, who was at fault, and what insurance policies apply.
When Does Uber’s Insurance Apply?
If an Uber driver is involved in an accident when their app is offline, their personal auto insurance policies apply. If an Uber driver is awaiting a ride request and available in the app, Uber has the following insurance coverage:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
This coverage will only kick in as a third-party liability in the event that the driver’s personal insurance does not cover them. If a driver takes a ride request is enroute to pick them up or has them in the vehicle, the following insurance coverage exists:
- $1,000,000 third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
These policies should cover anyone who is hit by an Uber driver, but it also covers passengers if the Uber driver is not at-fault for the collision and the negligent driver does not have adequate insurance to cover the damages.
Let Us Help You Today
The Tampa Uber accident attorneys at the office of Mark H. Wright, PLLC have extensive experience handling all types of auto accidents, including those involving Uber drivers and passengers. We advocate on behalf of injured victims who were hit by an Uber driver and those who were in the Uber vehicle at the time of the auto accident. Contact us today at 813-425-2020 to schedule a no-cost consultation.