What may make Uber so successful is its accessibility, availability and relatively inexpensive cost. People may take an Uber for a multitude of reasons. The clientele for an Uber driver may include business people, late night party-goers, airport travelers or students. What every customer probably has in common, is her or her expectation that the ride will be safe and injury-free. Sadly, this is not always the case as accidents can happen at any time and anywhere, regardless of who is driving. Unfortunately, a car accident may even occur due to your Uber driver being distracted, not obeying traffic laws, speeding or texting. Never be too shy to ask your Uber driver to pull over and let you out, even if you have not arrived at your destination yet. Always keep your safety the number one priority.
In this article, we have answered a few questions regarding Uber car accidents, and how you may be able to sue your Uber driver for crash-related injuries.
What injuries could I have endured as a result of the accident?
Just as if you were part of any other car accident, there are an unlimited number of injuries you could have endured. But, there are certain injuries that are more prevalent than others. The following list includes some of the more common moderate to serious injuries a rider may sustain after impact:
- Road rash (if the rider was ejected from the vehicle)
- Cuts & bruises (from glass shattering or body hitting interior of car)
- Brain injury (concussion, brain swelling or bleeding due to blunt force to head)
- Extremities crushed (arms, legs, feet, ankles, wrists can get caught within vehicle)
- Whiplash (from head jolting forward and backward rapidly)
- Neck & back injuries (due to force of movement during impact)
- Spinal cord & nerve damage (can lead to partial or total paralysis)
- Fractured skull (from extreme force of hitting object or ground)
Is it always necessary to see a doctor? What if I feel fine after the accident?
Unless the accident was a very small bump which left no visible damages to either vehicle, then it is recommended a rider sees a doctor for a full exam. Just because a person does not feel any aches or pains the minutes following an accident, does not mean there are no wounds brewing under the surface. A doctor can more accurately diagnose you for potential injuries. Also, if you intend to sue the Uber driver if he or she was at-fault, you will want to gather proof of injuries.
Who should I talk to about possibly filing a lawsuit?
A legal professional, such as a car accident lawyer Lakeland FL residents trust, can provide assistance regarding filing a lawsuit against the Uber driver. An attorney can meet with you to go over the details of the accident, to help you decide whether this is something you want to invest time and money into. Medical costs are not cheap, and can add up all too quickly. Especially for more serious bodily damages, such as a brain injury or condition which requires long-term treatment, the bills can be insurmountable.
Thank you to our contributors David & Philpot, P.L for the above information.