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Florida Uber Accident Attorney

Uber has been in Florida for a few years now, though some taxi cab companies have done their best to fight against it. With Uber’s model, anyone who has a qualifying car and can pass a background check can drive as an independent contractor for the company. Though this seems like a good plan in theory, Florida’s rather lax regulations regarding the ridesharing industry means accidents may be more common with Uber than with taxis.

Just because you are taking an Uber does not mean you are on your own if you get in a wreck. You have legal rights, whether or not your driver caused the wreck. If you are injured in an wreck while using a ridesharing service, contact the Uber accident attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner at (800) 560-5059 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Uber Background Check Requirements in Florida

On May 9, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law CS/HB 221, a.k.a. The Uber/Lyft Law. Before this legislation was passed, background check and insurance requirements varied between municipalities. Under the new law, those who drive for Uber and other “transportation network companies” (TNCs) are required to have at least minimum insurance that includes:

  • $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 for death and bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 for property damage

The Uber/Lyft Law also requires TNCs to conduct background checks on drivers that include their criminal record and driving record. No one may drive for a ridesharing company if they have, in the past five years, been convicted of:

  • Any felony
  • A misdemeanor for DUI – drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, hit and run, or fleeing/eluding a police officer
  • A misdemeanor for a violent offense or sexual battery
  • A crime of indecent exposure or lewdness

In addition, drivers may not have been convicted of driving on a revoked or suspended license in the past three years. These background checks must be conducted every year. TNCs must also enforce a zero-tolerance policy regarding drivers drinking or using drugs while “on the clock.”

Some limo and taxi companies are calling foul on this new law, and for good reason. Those industries have much stricter requirements when it comes to background checks, vehicle checks, and safety/license checks than Uber does. And that is a risk that riders have to take on.

Uber’s Stance on Accidents

In addition to the insurance required by the State of Florida for Uber riders, the company itself has a policy in place for those injured in accidents. They tout a $1 million insurance policy for riders and drivers alike. But, just like any business, Uber and its insurance company are not just going to hand out money if they don’t need to. Consider the following scenarios:

  1. You are driving for Uber and logged into the system, but don’t have a passenger in the car at the time of your wreck. Uber will defer to your personal insurance company to cover the damages, and may pick up the rest of the bill if your own coverage doesn’t pay for everything. However, getting that compensation can be extremely difficult.
  2. You are carrying a passenger and get in a wreck. Uber’s insurance policy is more likely to kick in under these circumstances. However, if the wreck was caused by the driver’s own actions or negligence, Uber may deny the claim. This is because drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and therefore the company is not liable for the behavior of said driver.

In theory, Uber will cover your bills if you are injured in an accident caused by another driver. However, even in these cases, you may have to fight the company to actually get the compensation you deserve.

Let a Florida Uber Accident Lawyer Fight for You

Chances are, you’ve never had to battle an insurance company in court. If your claims are denied by Uber, it is their insurance provider who needs to be sued to receive compensation. In a situation like this, you need an experienced professional to handle your case for you. Contact the Uber car accident attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner today for a free consultation, either online or by calling (800) 560-5059.

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