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Orlando Uber Accident Settlement
Ridesharing companies like Uber have changed the way Americans get around cities like Orlando. Uber is convenient, which is why millions of people use the app to get to their destination. Thankfully, most Uber riders never experience a problem with the service — except for perhaps a wrong turn or two — but Uber drivers have caused many accidents on the road. And a number of Uber passengers have ended up hurt when their Uber is hit by another car.
Uber is prepared for these accidents, and the company carries huge insurance policies to pay out its accident claims. Passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and many others have received Uber accident settlement amounts to pay for their medical care and other short- and long-term damages caused by an accident involving a negligent Uber driver or a negligent driver who hit their Uber. The lawyers at FVF know how to handle Uber accidents to make sure you get the best Uber accident settlement possible.
Like any personal injury case, your Uber accident compensation amount will depend on the circumstances of your individual case. The most important factors to consider when trying to determine what settlement to expect include:
You probably won’t have an idea about how much your accident compensation will be until all these factors have been fully explored and evaluated. This can take considerable time, but failing to be patient and get sound legal advice can result in a settlement that is tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars less than you deserve. The lawyers at FVF only take on cases they are confident are for substantial damages — enough to cover the expenses of fighting the case and your needed recovery.
Because each case is unique, it is difficult to give a precise estimate of the timeline, but expect Uber accident cases to take longer to resolve than other car accidents. Because Uber drivers are contractors, part of the work of your case will be discovering who is responsible for your damages: the driver, Uber itself, or both. Additionally, there are a few factors that can impact the length of your case:
In Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. While FVF will work to ensure that you receive compensation without unnecessary delays, it takes time to investigate and prepare a case. Further, if an agreement cannot be reached, FVF will need time to prepare your case for trial.
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The simple answer to that question is yes. However, getting compensation in the form of an Uber accident settlement will not be easy, especially if you try to do it on your own. You should consult with a personal injury lawyer in any car accident but especially when dealing with a company the size of Uber.
A large company’s natural inclination is to pay out as little as possible in order to preserve their bottom line. Even though each settlement is paid by their insurance company, the more liability they have, the higher their premiums go, and the greater the impact on their profit margin. Like most large companies, Uber and their insurance carriers will do everything possible to avoid paying whenever possible. The lawyers at FVF know this very well and we are prepared to deal with the insurance companies and Uber so you don’t have to.
One important thing to note here is that Uber drivers are independent contractors; they are not considered employees. This is a distinction Uber tries to use to their advantage. Uber drivers’ liability is also complicated by the fact that drivers also carry their own personal insurance policies, which often exclude accidents that occur on the job.
If the accident happens between fares or while the Uber driver is on their way to pick up the fare, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy may try to deny coverage and say Uber’s policy is responsible. Therefore, it is entirely possible to find yourself in an accident with an Uber driver and having to deal with multiple insurance adjusters, all attempting to deny coverage.
Having skilled attorneys at your side when dealing with an Uber accident is important, and FVF consistently and skillfully resolves these disputes in favor of our client.
Holding the right party or parties accountable involves investigation, resources, and energy. There are many twists and turns in the insurance maze presented in Uber accident cases. Here are some basic guidelines:
It’s important to remember that Uber claims their drivers are not employees, and they and their insurance adjusters will use their “independent contractor” status to avoid paying out compensation to victims. Uber has been successful at avoiding responsibility even in cases in which their driver was drunk or distracted at the time of the accident.
Uber also requires all drivers to sign an agreement in which the driver promises to take all responsibility — and even defend Uber — when someone sues them after an accident.
When you are in an accident with an Uber driver, be prepared for numerous parties to point fingers at each other and deny responsibility for causing the accident. But that does not mean no one receives an Uber accident settlement. There are specific steps FVF will always take right after an accident to hold the responsible parties accountable and get the compensation the victim deserves under the law.
Here’s what everyone should do after any car accident involving a company like Uber.
You can always try to fight a claim on your own by going through Uber and the driver’s personal insurance company, but keep in mind they both have billions of dollars at their disposal, as well as plenty of incentive to pay you as little as possible — or nothing at all. Dealing with insurance companies can be brutal and demoralizing. But getting an experienced team, like the personal injury lawyers at FVF, to fight for you means the best recovery possible without adding to the already stressful reality of being involved in an accident in the first place.
You want an Orlando accident attorney who will listen to you, educate you about your rights and options, present a strategy that works best for you and your case, and advocate for you to maximize your recovery. With over 80 years of combined experience, the lawyers at FVF can help you make decisions that are best for you.
If you’ve been injured in an Orlando Uber accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your mounting medical bills and changes in your quality of life. FVF Law can help you understand your rights and receive the fair compensation the law allows. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your accident, develop a settlement plan, and get started on your road to recovery.
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