Legal claims resulting from injuries suffered in auto accidents can be complicated, however, they can become more complicated if you are injured in a vehicle that you have hired to transport you, such as a taxi, a shuttle, or a bus. One recent type of complicated case that has been arising more often involves accidents in Uber vehicles.
What is Uber?
If you are not already aware, Uber is a rapidly growing car and rideshare service facilitated by a mobile app. The app connects individuals who need a ride with drivers in the area, much like a taxi service. However, unlike many taxis, the Uber app allows for faster, more reliable connections and convenient automatic payment via your smartphone. Additionally, the app has riders rate drivers as well as drivers rate riders on a scale from one to five, aiming to foster an environment of safety and respect on the part of both parties. For all of these reasons and more, Uber has quickly become the preferred method of transportation in many areas and the service has expanded to 300 cities and 59 countries.
What Happens In The Event Of An Accident?
Just like any other time you are on the road, the risk of accidents and injuries exist when you use the Uber service. If you are injured, you have the right to recover for your losses from any negligent parties, whether they are the Uber driver or a third party. If the collision was the fault of the Uber driver, however, it can be complicated to obtain compensation and your first call should be to an attorney.
Claims in Uber accidents can be complex for many reasons, including the following:
- Uber classifies drivers as “independent contractors” and not as “employees,” which limits the liability on the part of the company if a driver causes an accident.
- Uber tries to avoid the legal “car service” designation, as it claims to only serve as a connection between riders and independent drivers. This can require you to bring a claim against the individual driver instead of the company.
An experienced attorney will know how to work to overcome these issues and find a legal option that can get you the just compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses in an Uber accident.
Contact An Experienced Boca Raton Auto Accident Attorney For Assistance
Whether you were driving a vehicle or were a passenger in friend’s car, an Uber car, a taxi, or a bus, you deserve to be fully compensated if you sustained injury as a result of another person’s negligence. At the law office of Lavalle, Brown & Ronan in Boca Raton, our skilled car accident lawyers have the experience needed to help you recover no matter what the circumstances of your collision were. We will fully evaluate your situation for free and will advise you on how we can best assist you. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 888-646-1315 to learn more about how we can represent your rights to recovery for your injuries.