Calling an Uber is supposed to be the safe decision to make before a night out on the town, but what happens when it ends in an accident?
Lakeland Regional ER physician Dr. Nathaniel Stephens was injured in a crash while riding in an Uber with a friend back on November 29, 2016. According to his attorney, he suffered severe internal injuries and missed work while he remained in the hospital for an extended period of time, and is still dealing with pain now that he’s back at his job.
“Dr. Stephens has a right like anyone injured like as a result of someone else's fault to be compensated for his injuries,” said his attorney.
Stephens filed a lawsuit against the Uber driver, the driver’s brother who owns the vehicle and the ridesharing company itself and is seeking damages in excess of $15,000. The suit calls into question Uber’s policies regarding background checks, and alleges that the crash was caused by the driver’s negligence.
“If Uber didn't screen the driver properly or didn't do a proper background check of the driver then this case can go beyond a mere car accident," Stephens’s attorney said.
While Uber requires their drivers to have insurance, the policy doesn’t cover vehicles that are used for compensation, raising additional questions about the pre-screening process put in place by Uber.
Car accidents often result in serious injuries, and when the driver of the vehicle responsible for the crash is a stranger you trusted with your safety, the victim shouldn’t be expected to cover the medical bills out of their own pocket. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa personal injury attorneys have provided our clients with experienced and passionate legal representation for decades, and are committed to securing you the compensation you deserve. If you were seriously injured in a car crash, give us a call at (813) 336-3348 to speak with a member of our firm or fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.