Everyone knows the struggle of hailing a taxi on a busy weekend in Miami. That’s why people use Ubers and Lyft to get around from place to place. However, what happens if you get into an accident in one of their vehicles?
1. Receive Medical Treatment
Receiving medical treatment is the number one priority as you should always make sure you are ok and healthy. The number one priority should be to go get the victim back to how they were before the accident, health wise. Receiving medical treatment may also be beneficial to help further prove damages and the injuries attributed from the accident. Damages may also include missing work due to injury, however, in order to argue lost wages a medical record is necessary to prove the reasonableness of the lost wages. On the other hand, if you decide not to receive medical treatment or wait too long to receive it, an insurance company could argue that you waited too long to seek medical help. This may give them an opportunity to create allegations about whether or not you were truly injured to the extent alleged and/or any arguments as to the validity of compensation resulting from the crash. In some cases, insurance companies may even allege that the sustained injuries may be unrelated to the cause or crash. In any case, it is always recommended to receive medical treatment and at least speak with a Miami personal injury lawyer in order to fully understand your rights.
2. Know Your Rights
Understanding Florida’s new law on ride-sharing may benefit victims. The law states that each driver must carry a minimum of $1 million in liability coverage. This liability coverage covers pain and suffering which refers to the physical and emotional stress caused by the accident. Thus, you may be compensated for damages incurred as a result of an Ride Share car accident along with compensation for medical bills. Always speak with a Miami personal injury lawyer to understand your rights and know what you may be entitled too. Many people refuse to even look into compensation for damages because they simply do not understand their rights.
3. Take a picture of Ride Share Receipt to Prove Liability
Taking a picture of the ride share receipt may benefit you in proving your case because it can help further prove that you were in fact in the vehicle at the time of the accident. This is necessary to establish the duty and breach aspect of negligence and liability. Not being able to prove that the ride was in effect can impede proving liability and eliminate any cause of action or claim. Thus, taking a picture of the ride share receipt may help you already start with strong based evidence.
As stated above, it is always suggested that victims speak with a Miami personal injury lawyer because any accident whether big or small can result in damages. At PereGonza The Attorneys we help victims understand their rights and guide them through the claims process every step of the way. We offer injury victims a free consultation for these kind of accidents and actually take these cases on a contingency fee basis which means that we receive payment only when you win the case. If you would like to speak to an attorney please contact us for a free consultation, we are ready to explain your rights and help any way we can.
Article by: Alyssa Marie Otero