Were You Injured in a Tampa Bay Uber Accident?
Uber is very popular in Tampa Bay. Many people use the ridesharing application as one of their primary means of transportation. According to Business Insider, the company now has more that 300,000 drivers on the road around the country. This includes many thousands within the state of Florida. Of course, with so many automobiles on the road, some Uber accidents will also occur. Passengers of Uber vehicles need to know how to protect their rights after a crash. If you were a passenger in an Uber or another ridesharing vehicle and you were injured in an accident, you need to speak to an experienced Tampa Bay car accident lawyer immediately.
The First Three Things You Should Do After an Uber Accident
- Call the Police
Under Florida law, drivers have a legal duty to report any car accident to local police departments. However, Uber passengers also have an interest in ensuring that police get to the scene of the accident. The police will file a report regarding your accident and you need to make sure that the reports contains your input.
- Get Medical Attention
If you do suffer an injury in a ridesharing accident, please seek immediate medical attention. When it comes to your health, it is better to be safe rather than sorry. You need to get yourself a comprehensive exam. Beyond protecting your health, you also need to protect your ability to recover injury compensation. You will not be able to bring a successful personal injury claim for your Uber accident without getting supporting medical documentation.
- Secure the Evidence
Finally, it is also critical that you secure evidence related to your crash. If you fail to take proactive steps to gather evidence, you may quickly lose out on your chance to do so. Important evidence comes in many different forms, including photographs of your injuries, photographs of the accident scene and statements from witnesses.
Uber Passenger Accidents: You Must Report the Incident
All Uber passengers are protected by a $1 million commercial liability policy. However, if you fail to report your accident to the company in a timely manner, you may lose out on your access to this policy. Put simply, do not mess around with reporting your accident. You do not want to give Uber or their insurer any reason to deny your claim. After you report your accident to the company, call an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Sadly, insurance companies are rarely willing to pay out victims full and fair compensation. Your attorney will be able to assess your claim and determine precisely what needs to be done to ensure that you collect every penny that you deserve.
Contact Our Office Today
At Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, our Tampa car wreck lawyers have helped protect the legal rights and financial interests of many injured victims. If you have been seriously injured in an Florida Uber or Lyft accident, our team can help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today
(813) 242-4404 to schedule your free case evaluation. Our firm represents victims in Tampa Bay and throughout the surrounding communities.