Uber accidents are caused by a variety of factors such as speeding, driver inattention, driver fatigue, and driving under the influence. Uber drivers work long hours on the roads and use an app on their phones to help them find passengers, which contributes to driver drowsiness and distraction and increases the risk of accidents.
Types of Uber Accidents
The following types of accidents can occur when drivers aren’t careful:
A rollover accident causes a car to land on its roof or side. Most rollover accidents are caused by a driver hitting a curb, soft dirt, or guardrail. Rollover accidents are more common with taller vehicles like SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans.
Most commonly caused when a driver veers out of their lane into oncoming traffic or turns the wrong direction onto another road, head-on collisions can be deadly. Head-on collisions can also be caused by inclement weather and wet roads, causing a car to drift. These car accidents are extremely dangerous because of the speed and direction that both cars are traveling, increasing the force with which they hit each other.
When the front of one vehicle hits the back of the vehicle in front of it, it pushes the front vehicle forward and pushes the victims into the seatbelt, dashboard, seat in front of them, or the airbag. The results of these accidents can be internal bleeding, fractures, bruises, and cuts. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by one driver not paying attention to the car in front of them, by following too closely, or by an aggressive driver who cuts off another car that slams into them because the driver doesn’t have time to react.
These accidents are also called T-bone accidents because of the shape the cars make when they collide. Intersection accidents usually involve one left-turning driver and a driver crossing the intersection from the other direction. Liability in these cases is based on the circumstances of the case, like whether one driver was running a red light at the time of the accident, or if the left-turning driver did not have the right of way.
Typically, occupants in vehicles are protected by the crumple zones at the front and rear of the vehicle and are less protected on the sides. A sideswipe accident is when two cars traveling in the same direction hit either the right or the left side. They are usually caused by inattentive drivers merging or changing lanes without looking. A sideswipe collision can cause one or both drivers to spin out or lose control of their vehicle.
Damages In A Fort Walton Beach Uber Accident
When people have accrued thousands of dollars of debt related to injuries caused by an accident, they want to know how they will get their money back and who will make the situation financially right again. The purpose of economic damages is to compensate you for your financial losses and to make you financially whole again. Noneconomic damages compensate you for emotional damages like pain and suffering.
Economic damages include all of your pecuniary losses. Usually, hospitalization, surgeries, follow-up care, medications, and lab tests are the most expensive losses and can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Economic damages also include lost wages, and future lost earning potential. If you have been relying on transportation, delivery, or childcare services because you cannot provide them in your injured condition, then you can also file to have those reimbursed.
Noneconomic damages are meant to compensate you for the emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical suffering from the accident. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Loss of the use of an organ or limb
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of a sense (blindness, deafness, sensation anywhere in the body)
Using your medical records, pay stubs, receipts, invoices, and other documents, we calculate a settlement amount and present it to the insurance company on your behalf. Our goal is to get you the settlement you deserve so you can move forward in your life.
Liability In An Uber Accident Case
No two Uber accidents are ever the same. There are multiple factors that affect how your case will proceed:
- Were you driving your personal vehicle at the time of the accident, and were you struck by an Uber driver?
- Are you an Uber driver who was struck by another driver?
- Or were you getting a ride from an Uber driver when the accident happened?
Uber accidents in Fort Walton Beach can be tricky because Uber drivers are not employees of Uber. However, the company has started offering insurance policies to drivers in response to the legal murkiness that they created when Uber first launched. Another factor that can impact your case is what type of insurance the Uber driver had and whether their insurance coverage includes a commercial driving clause. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned when it comes to determining liability in your case.
Is there a time limit to file my Uber accident claim?
You have four years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim under Florida law. However, the Fort Walton Uber accident attorneys at Fasig | Brooks suggest that you contact us right away. The sooner that you file your claim, and the less time that has elapsed since the accident, the less likely the insurance company can argue that a separate, unrelated event causes your injuries.
If you wait too long to get medical care and talk to an attorney, they will argue that you’re exaggerating your injuries. They fight hard to reduce their liability and how much they have to pay in damages. That’s why you need an attorney that fights even harder for your fair and just settlement.
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We start your case with a risk-free consultation to answer your questions and listen to your story. Call us today at (850) 777-7777 to talk to an Uber accident lawyer in Fort Walton Beach.