The days of taxi cabs and buses seem to be fading from our minds. Not because they don’t exist. They still do and, in some places, are going strong. Now though, it seems like ridesharing services are everywhere. Even if you don’t use ridesharing services, like Uber, you have likely encountered an Uber vehicle. If you see a vehicle with a little “U” sticker in the front window, then you’ve seen an Uber.
With over 400,000 Uber drivers in the US alone, and the number rising every day, you’re sure to see more.
That also means there is potential for accidents involving Uber drivers and vehicles. While most Uber rides end safely, not all of them do. If you have been involved in an accident, you may need a Hallandale Beach Uber accident attorney.
There was a time when our lives weren’t controlled by phones and apps. We know, it’s hard for us to remember those times, too. Even getting a ride from place to place can now involve an app. If you use Uber, you know how easy and convenient it can be. Press a button on the phone, wait a minute, and you have a ride. Whether you need to take a quick trip to the grocery store or you need a designated driver after a night out, Uber is available.
You expect each Uber driver to be professional, the vehicle to be clean, and the ride to be safe. Unfortunately, sometimes that is not the case. There have been numerous cases of Uber drivers driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, the last thing you expect when using a ridesharing service.
Now, Uber is even testing autonomous driving vehicles with backup drivers to take over if needed. They are testing on real streets, and this year one of those autonomous vehicles struck and killed someone, even though the driver was there. She reacted, but not until after the vehicle hit someone. She was streaming videos on her phone.
Regulations for ridesharing services are few and far between. Unlike traditional taxi services, who face vehicle inspections and strenuous driver checks, Uber drivers are independent contractors who don’t have to go through the same rigorous process.
However, we want you to know that Uber does cover each driver with $1 million of liability coverage per accident, assistance you could be entitled to in case of an accident.
If you’ve been in an Uber car accident, make sure you are okay. If injured, ensure you get medical attention. The police need to be called and you need copies of the report. Get all of the insurance information you can and don’t take any calls from insurance companies until you know all of your options.
You may need an Uber accident attorney in Hallandale Beach. Regardless of who was at fault, whether your Uber driver or another party, insurance companies will attempt to settle things quickly. Here at the Dante Law Firm, P.A., we know how to handle these situations and will help you through it. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526.