After an Uber accident, the last thing that you want to do is hire the wrong Uber accident lawyer. Why?
Because it will likely result in you getting less money in your pocket. Worse off, it will lead to countless headaches and stress.
I want to help you avoid hiring the wrong accident lawyer. Therefore, I’ve made a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) when selecting an Uber accident attorney.
The biggest mistake is hiring a lawyer who is not licensed in the state where your Uber accident happened. Generally speaking, attorneys can only represent people who are injured in the state where the lawyer is licensed.
For example, I’m only licensed in Florida. Therefore, I can only represent people who are injured in Florida.
One thing is for sure:
An injury lawyer cannot represent someone who is injured in another state (and lives in that state) if the lawyer is not licensed in that state.
For example, I am unable to represent a Georgia resident who is injured in a Uber accident in Georgia. This is because I am not licensed in Georgia. Again, I am only licensed in Florida.
Thus, don’t hire a lawyer who claims to handle Uber accidents in every state. I have never heard of a lawyer being licensed in every state.
It’s illegal for an attorney to represent accident victims if he or she is not licensed in the state where the Uber accident happened. This is known as the unlicensed practice of law. But your problems will be worse than just hiring a lawyer who is engaging in illegal activity. Specifically, the lawyer won’t know the law of the state where the crash happened.
Each state has its own set of laws that applies to Uber accident claims.
If the attorney doesn’t know the law, they will get crushed by Uber’s insurance company. Insurance companies like it when the crash victim’s lawyer does not know the law. This means that the attorney will leave money on the table, which is terrible for Uber accident victims.
This is a tough question to answer because at least one state (Florida) does not allow an attorney to say that he or she is the best. Therefore, in Florida, no one attorney can claim to be the best Uber accident attorney. If they do, watch out!
Why can’t an attorney call themselves the “best”?
For starters, the Florida Bar (which regulates Florida lawyers) does not allow an attorney to say that he or she is the best. Therefore, be careful if you see an attorney calling himself the best Uber accident lawyer.
Here is the problem:
If your attorney does not know the Florida Bar Rules regarding advertising, he or she may not know the rules about attorney fees and costs. And the last thing that you want is to be overcharged.
That said, you should hire a lawyer who has experience with Uber accident cases.
I reached a $260K accident settlement for an Uber driver. A van struck him. The van’s insurance company paid the $260K settlement. Below is a graph that shows that the largest part of the settlement was pain and suffering.
At any given time, I represent an Uber passenger or driver who is hurt in a car accident (in Florida). Regardless of where in Florida the Uber accident is, I’m able to help. Therefore, if you’re hurt in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando or anywhere else in Florida, please fill out this short Uber accident form to see if I can represent you. Yes, that form is specific to Uber cases. That makes it easy for you to complete. It also means that I’ll quickly know after receiving the form if I can represent you.
I give a Free Consultation. As promised, here is a graph showing the breakdown of the pain, suffering and medical bills from my $260,000 settlement.
Yes. This is because the attorney will have learned the laws that apply to Uber accidents. For example, I settled an Uber driver’s case for $260,000. The other vehicle’s insurance company paid the settlement.
However, I learned several important things from that claim. For starters, an Uber driver is not entitled to personal injury protection (PIP) benefits from Uber if a passenger was in the car. (PIP pays up to $10,000 of medical bills and lost wages). I’m referring to Uber accidents in Florida, which is a No-Fault state.
Different states have different laws that apply to Uber accidents. If the Uber driver has accepted a ride, Florida law does not require the car to have PIP. Uber could voluntarily offer this coverage. Unfortunately, it does not. Want proof?
Just look at Uber’s current certificate of insurance (in Florida).
Basically, you want to hire an Uber accident lawyer who can hit the road running. You don’t want them to learn accident laws that apply to Uber after they take your case. You deserve to have an attorney who already knows as much as possible about Uber claims.
For years, I’ve been writing about Uber accident claims and settlements. Because of this, I get contacted a couple of times a month by other attorneys. They want me to answer their questions about Uber accident claims. I usually enjoy talking about laws that apply to Uber accidents.
Rideshare laws and Uber’s insurance policies are constantly changing. For example, we’ve already seen Uber lower its uninsured motorist coverage from $1 million to $250,000. (That coverage applies when the Uber driver is en route to pickup a passenger or during trips). That’s a $750,000 drop!
As you can see, Uber has made changes to save itself money. Uber’s insurance company also wants to save money by paying you as little as possible on your claim. Therefore, you want an attorney who has a solid understanding about Uber accidents. And you deserve one!
It depends on the state where the Uber accident happened. For example, in Florida (where I’m licensed), we have caps on our attorney’s fees.
If I settle an Uber accident without a lawsuit, I can’t charge more than 33 1/3% of the total settlement. And you guessed it. That’s exactly how much I charge. Attorneys are also allowed to be paid back for costs.
What is an benefit of having an Uber accident lawyer? The attorney pays for costs that are needed for maximize the case value. Then, if the attorney settles the case, he or she is entitled to get paid back for costs.
But be careful. If and when your case settles, the attorney is required to prepare a closing statement. In Florida, attorneys are required to list each cost in the closing statement.
Here is a tip:
Before you hire an Uber accident lawyer, ask him or her if they list every individual cost in the closing statement. Don’t hire a lawyer who will not agree to list every cost in the closing statement. Otherwise, the attorney’s calculation of costs may be wrong.
The last thing that you want to get overcharged. It means less money in your pocket. I’d proud to say that I list every cost on the closing statement. There are no secrets. I believe in complete transparency.
Yes. You want to hire a lawyer who has also settled at least one case against Lyft. This is true even though your looking for an attorney for your Uber accident.
Basically, you want to look for an attorney who has the most rideshare claim experience as possible. Every Uber accident attorney knows that Uber and Lyft claims are different.
For starters, Uber and Lyft have different insurance companies. Uber uses four insurance companies in the United States. Conversely, Lyft uses a third party claims administrator (Travelers) to handle its claims.
Second, PIP insurance may apply differently in Lyft and Uber cases. Rideshare laws apply equally to Uber and Lyft. However, their insurance policies and coverage is different.
Nevertheless, you want an Uber accident lawyer with rideshare claims experience. An attorney who knows the differences will also know how to maximize your case value better.
If your planning to hire an Uber accident attorney, ask him or her to explain the difference between Uber and Lyft claims. The attorney should be able to quickly explain the differences. If he or she can’t, then they are not the right rideshare attorney for you.
I settled a claim for a Lyft passenger for $70,000. Lyft’s insurance company paid $45,000 of that settlement. GEICO paid the remaining $25,000.
Yes, however they will likely be tough to find. Just finding Uber accident settlements is hard. The reason is no secret.
In an news article, an Uber spokesperson said that its settlements are confidential. If you can’t find an attorney who has a positive client review for an Uber accident, look at the next best thing. Look for positive client reviews about the attorney’s work in a Lyft accident claim.
One of my client’s left this 5 star review about my work on his Lyft claim:
“Justin is fast and effective by being ALL THE TIME one step ahead of potential issues with your case. I was impressed with his accurate and rapid responsiveness even for a single phone call or email.. He’s an EXTRAORDINARY professional and human being…two qualities hard to find in a lawyer. I’m positive about referring Justin to everyone.”
My client was a Lyft passenger. He left this review (above) on Google Maps. That is just one of our many 5 star reviews.
If you get into an accident with Uber, hopefully you are not injured. The good news is that Uber usually has insurance that will cover you. This is often true regardless of whether you are a driver or passenger.
We all hope that no one gets injured. However, if you get seriously hurt, there is a best scenario that may entitle you to Uber’s highest insurance coverage limit. The best scenario (for the injured person) involves four facts, all of which are needed.
First, the accident happened while the Uber driver is en route to pick up passengers or during a trip. This triggers Uber’s $1 million bodily injury liability coverage limit and its $250,000 uninsured motorist coverage limit.
Second, the Uber driver is at fault for causing the crash. Third, another vehicle is also at fault for causing the accident. Fourth, the person claiming the serious injury is a passenger.
If all of the above are true, Uber’s insurance company may be on the hook for up to $1.25 million dollars. This is true for states (like Florida) that allow a passenger to tap into both Uber’s bodily injury liability insurance policy and its uninsured motorist insurance policy. However, you can only do that if both the Uber driver and another car are at fault.
You get the point. In an Uber accident, you may dealing with a good amount of insurance coverage. This is all the more reason to hire an Uber accident lawyer. Here is a chart that shows insurance for rideshare drivers with Uber.
To drive with Uber, you are required to have a certain level of auto insurance. The driver must provide this proof to Uber. The requirements are:
– You must have comprehensive or third party property damage coverage. (Third party property damage liability coverage covers other vehicles. It does not cover the Uber.)
– You must be listed as an insured driver on the policy, even if you are driving someone else’s car.
– The insurance policy must list the vehicle make type, model, year and registration.
– The insurance policy must display an effective and expiration date.
As you can see, those requirements are quite minimal. The good news is that many scenarios Uber’s insurance policy kicks in and provides additional coverage.
This is particularly good news for someone who is injured by an Uber driver who was careless. So long as the Uber driver is logged onto the app, the injured person should have at least some coverage.
Yes. Otherwise, here is what will happen.
When you make a claim with your auto insurance company, you will want to get Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. This assumes that the accident happened in a No-Fault state like Florida (and others). But that’s not it.
You’ll also want to get your car fixed. Your auto insurance company will take your statement. One of the questions that they’ll ask you is whether you were driving for Uber at the time of the crash.
If you answer Yes, your auto insurance company will deny PIP coverage, collision coverage and uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
Keep in mind:
If you lie to your insurance company, it’s considered insurance fraud. The last thing you want is to end up in the slammer with Bubba (or his female version).
Just look at court records for Uber lawsuits. You’ll see that companies like GEICO have denied PIP benefits to Uber drivers.
Also, when you get into an Uber accident, if someone reports the accident, Uber will know about it. Thereafter, Uber’s insurance company will then report the claim to the ISO office.
The ISO is the entity that keeps track of all auto insurance claims. Therefore, your auto insurance company will know about your Uber accident if you someone reported it to Uber.
Earlier, I told you that I had a $260,000 settlement for an Uber driver. You can watch the video about that payout:
Currently, that video has 109 comments (on Youtube). There, I give detailed responses to many of those comments. After you read this article, I encourage you to also look at those comments.
Here are 7 tips when looking for an Uber accident attorney. Following these types before hiring a lawyer may save you a ton of grief.
If an Uber driver hits you while you were on a motorcycle, how do you find the right lawyer?
Start by looking for a lawyer who has settled at least motorcycle accident case for over $400,000.
Because that lawyer has experience dealing with big injury cases. Additionally, that attorney has likely learned about motorcycle helmet laws, rider laws and much more.
Moreover, in a case that settles for over $400,000, the insurance company assigns a high level adjuster to the case. High level adjusters are more experienced. They are better negotiators. They are more persuasive. You need an attorney who can match their skills.
Additionally, in a $400,000 (or higher) settlement, a large insurance policy is at play. If an Uber driver hits a motorcycle rider while the Uber driver is en route to pickup passengers or during trips, you’ll be dealing with a $1 million liability policy. That is not chump change. Thus, you need an Uber accident lawyer who has experience dealing with big insurance policies. You don’t want your lawyer shaking in his or her boots.
You should also hire a motorcycle accident lawyer who has settled at least two other motorcycle cases for $50,000 or more. For example, if an attorney settled one motorcycle accident case for $100,000 and another for $50,000, that fits the bill. You guessed it. Those my motorcycle accident settlements. However, I’ve settled others.
Next, look at that attorney’s articles about those settlements. You’ll get a good understanding of how the attorney handles a motorcycle case. You can also see if the attorney has a video about a settlement that is over $400,000. Here is a video on my $445,000 motorcycle accident settlement:
You can also look at an attorney’s personal injury settlements page. But just don’t gloss over the settlements. Read each one so that you can see the actual facts. The more detailed the settlement description, the better.
I’m from out of state and was injured in a car accident. How do I find the right lawyer?
Look for an attorney with a proven track record of settlements for out of state visitors who are hurt in in the state where the Uber accident happened.
Let me explain. Assume that you are from another state and were hurt in a Uber accident in Florida. In this instance, look for an attorney with many settlements for out of state victims who are hurt in Florida car accidents.
When an out of state visitor is hurt in an accident in another state, the laws of two states apply. Maybe more. Cases get more complex when they involve the laws of multiple states.
For example, other states have different laws regarding health insurance reimbursement from the Uber accident settlement. That’s right. If you settle your case, you may have to reimburse your health insurance company.
The same is true if the Uber accident victim has Medicaid. For example, let’s look at Floridians who receive Medicaid. They do not have to repay Medicaid for cash assistance (SSI) from an Uber accident settlement.
However, if you live in Connecticut, you may need to repay Connecticut Medicaid for cash assistance from the Uber settlement. Therefore, a Connecticut resident who is hurt in a Florida Uber accident may need to repay Connecticut Medicaid from an Uber accident payout.
That’s just one example. There are countless others.
Similarly, other states have different laws that may determine whether the Uber passenger is entitled to Medpay or PIP coverage. You need an attorney who understands how the tourist’s out of state laws apply to the case in the state where the accident happened.
Can One Attorney Represent You and Your Significant Other for Your Injuries from an Uber Accident?
To answer this question, we first must look at what type of “significant other” we are talking about. If the significant other is a husband or wife, then the Uber accident attorney will most likely be able to represent both of you.
However, if your significant other is a boyfriend or girlfriend, the answer becomes more difficult. Let me explain.
In a state like Florida, an attorney cannot represent two individuals (who are not family members) who are competing for a limited amount of liability of liability insurance. Florida Bar rules prevent this. See Ethics opinion 02-03. It should be a big warning flag for you if you are speaking with an attorney who is willing to break this rule.
A boyfriend, girlfriend or fiance is not considered a family member.
An Uber accident attorney who is willing to represent two or more people (when 3 or more people are making claims) should be a caution sign for two reasons.
First, perhaps the attorney does not know the Florida bar ethics rules. What’s the big deal about hiring a lawyer who does not know the Florida bar’s ethics rules?
For one, the attorney may overcharge you. (It’s always good to know what an attorney cannot charge you for.)
The second problem is that the lawyer may know the ethics rule but his or her greed is causing them to disregard the rule. Either one of the above reasons is cause for major concern.
Do you want a greedy lawyer?
I doubt it.
When Will Two (or more) Individual Claims Be Worth More Than Uber’s Liability Insurance Limits?
Ultimately, it depends on the particular facts of the case. You’ll have to know how to properly value a car accident case to know the answer.
That said, there is a most common scenario where one Uber accident lawyer cannot represent you and a significant other.
Here it is:
While an Uber driver has the app on but has not yet accepted a ride request, he or she crashes in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Perhaps he hits three (or more) pedestrians, or bike riders. Or the more likely scenario is that the Uber driver crashes into another car (or two) and a total of 3 (or more) people or hurt.
One of the pedestrians quickly contacts an attorney after the accident. However, if the 3 (or more) people who get hit are badly injured, and they are not family members, one attorney cannot represent two (or more) of them.
Because they will likely be competing for the same limited pot of Uber’s liability insurance. In this case, Uber’s bodily injury liability coverage limit is $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident. Florida Statute 627.748(7)(b)(1)(a).
Again, the Bar rules (that govern all Florida attorneys) do not allow one lawyer to represent two or more individuals in this scenario.
Example Where 1 Accident Attorney Can’t Represent 2 People if Uber Driver Has App On (But Not En Route to Pickup Passengers or During Trips)
In the above scenario, let’s assume that the three pedestrians that the Uber drive hits have the following injuries:
- Mike has a broken arm and leg.
- Mike’s girlfriend (Sally) has a broken wrist and hip.
- The third person has a eye injury (detached retina).
In this case, we know that the combined cases are easily worth more than Uber’s $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident bodily injury liability (BIL) insurance limit. Florida Statute 627.748(7)(b)(1)(a). Once again, Uber has this “lower limit” because the driver has not accepted a ride request.
In this scenario, one Uber accident attorney cannot represent two of more of the injured people since they are not family members. In other words, the lawyer can’t represent both Mike and Sally. Even if they are boyfriend and girlfriend (or even engaged).
This is because the more money Mike gets, the less money that Sally gets. And vice versa. This is a conflict of interest.
If Mike and Sally are married, the lawyer can represent them both so long as he or she gets a written informed consent from each of them.
Which Uber Accident Cases Are Worth the Least?
Some Uber accident cases are worth much less than others. One of the most common injuries that is worth the least amount of money is whiplash if the injured person gets little to no medical treatment.
Let me give you an example. You’re a passenger in an Uber in Tampa (or anywhere in Florida). The Uber driver is careless and causes an accident. Maybe he or she ran a red light and t-boned another car. For purposes of this example, it does not matter what specific careless act the Uber driver did.
As a result of the accident, you either go to the hospital or urgent care on the day of the accident. Or perhaps you wait a few days and then go. At the hospital, a doctor diagnoses you with whiplash.
However, you do not get any medical care for about a month. Maybe your reason for not getting medical treatment is because you can’t take time off work. Or perhaps you just are not hurt badly. It’s now one month after the accident. Since you are in pain, you go back to the emergency room. There, a CT scan shows that you have a disc bulge.
You decide to contact an Uber accident attorney to see what you should do. You’re excited because you know that the Uber driver has a $1 million liability policy that covers you for your personal injury. Check out Progressive’s certificate of insurance for Uber in Florida:
The bad news for you?
If you don’t get more medical treatment, even the best Uber accident lawyer will not be able to get you a big payout for your pain and suffering.
Because you have a soft tissue injury and limited medical treatment. Simply going to the emergency room for a couple of hours two times is not worth a heck of a lot of money. Again, my statement is true if you have a soft tissue (just pain) injury.
Your case is much better if you also get additional medical care (like physical therapy, an MRI and seeing an orthopedic doctor). But only get medical treatment if you need it.
On the other hand, if you have a broken bone, your case is better. This is true even if you get little medical treatment.
Can I Represent You If You Have an Attorney That You Want to Fire?
It depends on how long you’ve had your lawyer and how bad your injuries are. If you have a small injury and you’ve had a lawyer for a while, I (unfortunately) likely will not be able to represent you.
If you fire your current attorney, and you hire me and I settle your case, you now have to pay two attorneys. You’ll have to pay your former attorney the reasonable value of his services. Additionally, you’ll have pay me my contingency fee. As you may realize, this is usually not in your best interest if the total settlement is small. And all things equal, small injuries result in small settlements.
On the other hand, if you are badly hurt, and have had an attorney for a short time, I may be able to be your Uber accident lawyer. Ultimately, it will depend upon the reasonableness of your expectations. It will also depend on why you want to fire your lawyer.
I wish that every Uber accident victim contacted me before they hired an attorney. However, that is not the case. Every so often, I’ll get up to three calls in one day from people in Uber accidents who already have a lawyer.
Unfortunately, many people find my Uber accident articles and videos after they have had an attorney for a long time. They often say that they wish that they had seen my informative Uber accident videos and articles sooner.
Don’t make their same mistake! Hire me now as your Uber accident attorney. (I only handle accidents that happen in Florida.)
I’ve represented out of state visitors (to Florida) from these states
I have good news:
I have represented many people from out of state who were injured in Florida car accidents. This includes people from California, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts and more.
I recommend that you only hire an attorney who has settled at least four cases (each for over $125,000) for out of state victims. I reached a $300,000 settlement for a Georgia resident who was hurt in a Florida car accident. It happened in Clearwater, which is near Tampa (and not to far from Orlando).
I also got a West Virgnia resident a $170,000 settlement for a car accident in Florida. That accident happened in Sarasota, which is between St. Petersburg and Fort Myers.
Likewise, only hire an attorney who has settled at least 10 injury cases for out of state visitors who were hurt in the state where the accident happened. I have settled over 20 cases for tourists (and business travelers) who were hurt in Florida car accidents.
I’m an international visitor to the United States. I was hurt in a car accident. How do I find the right lawyer?
Look for an attorney who has settled many cases for international visitors who were injured in the state where your accident occurred.
Let’s say that you are an international visitor who was visiting the state of Florida. While in Florida, you were involved in an Uber accident. In this instance, you should look for a Florida lawyer who has settled many cases for international visitors who were hurt in Florida car accidents. Once again, here is a mistake to avoid:
If you were hurt in Florida, do not hire an attorney who is not licensed in Florida!
I recommend hiring an attorney who has settled at least one case for over $300,000 for an international visitor.
For example, let’s assume that you’re an international visitor who was hurt in a Florida Uber accident. Maybe you were in Florida for business or vacation. Either way, look for a Florida accident lawyer who has had a settlement for over $300,000.
But look no further. I settled a case for $325,000 for a European tourist after a car hit him in Coconut Grove, which is in Miami-Dade County. After the accident, my client searched for a Miami car accident lawyer. I gave him a free consultation. Shortly after we spoke, he hired me.
Here is a video about the settlement:
Moreover, you want a lawyer who knows when you have to pay back your health or travel insurance from the Uber settlement. In addition, hire an attorney who understands when it’s necessary to get your medical records (and bills) translated.
Here is some good news:
I’ve represented people who were injured in Florida car accidents and live in Brazil, Colombia, Switzerland, Jamaica, China and more.
Do I Pay Referral Fees to Other Lawyers?
Yes, we pay a referral fee of 25% of the total attorney’s fees. The client must consent (in writing) to this division of fees. Both attorneys have to assume joint responsibility for the case. Additionally, both attorneys need to be available for consultation at reasonable intervals with the client.
Florida ethics rules do not require you to work on the case. You will be on our fee contract, statement of client rights, and the closing statement. My contract is almost identical to the contingency fee contract on the practice resource center of the Florida Bar. In other words, I don’t have illegal costs and terms in my fee contract.
You’ll be happy to know that I do things “by the book”.
If you are an out of state lawyer who wants to refer a case to us, we may be able to pay a referral fee.
Can a Florida attorney can pay referral fee to an out of state lawyer?
Yes, if the client lives in the same state where the out of state attorney is licensed. Additionally, the same procedures (that govern Florida lawyers) apply.
How many Uber drivers are there in Miami?
Uber previously said it has between 10,000 and 12,000 cars in Miami-Dade. Two sources said Uber’s application with the county is for a fleet between 9,000 and 10,000 vehicles.
Uber has more than 100,000 drivers across Florida.
Contact me now to see if I can represent you
If you were injured in an Uber accident in Florida, complete this quick Free consultation request form. That form is specific to Uber accident cases.
How does this save you time?
It allows me to know within minutes (of you completing the form) if I can represent you. Within minutes of you completing the form, I will let you know if I can represent you.
If you prefer speaking on the phone, you can call me at 888-594-3577. I want to get you the compensation to which you’re entitled from an Uber accident.