Millions of people use ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, especially in tourist states like Florida and Georgia. As with most other activities involving automobiles, unfortunate accidents happen all too often. While being involved in any sort of automobile accident is a traumatic experience, the process can be particularly complicated with a rideshare collision. It’s important to understand and consider all your legal options to pursue compensation for your injuries after a rideshare accident.
The Leach Firm, P.A. knows how to help clients who have experienced an Uber or Lyft accident in Florida or Georgia. Unlike taxis, rideshare companies see their drivers as independent contractors, and these companies usually claim they aren’t liable for their drivers’ actions. However, if your driver was negligent or careless, we can fight to hold them accountable for the crash and make a claim against their insurer.
People who have been involved in a rideshare accident often have questions. Some of the most common questions we’ve answered include:
Who is Responsible for Paying for Uber or Lyft Accidents?
In most vehicle accidents, the responsible driver’s insurance is primarily accountable for damages. Both Florida and Georgia require rideshare drivers to carry a minimum policy to cover accidents that may occur while they transport riders. Drivers may acquire insurance coverage through Lyft- or Uber-sponsored plans, or they may have an endorsement from their private insurance that covers work for a rideshare company.
Can I Sue Uber or Lyft for an Accident?
It can be challenging to hold rideshare companies legally responsible for accidents that their drivers cause. However, a rideshare company may be financially responsible for covering accidents, depending on whether the driver purchased coverage through the company and the specifics of their policies. If another vehicle driver was responsible for the accident, their insurance should cover the damages. In Florida, however, the no-fault insurance provisions could affect the ability to file a claim, depending on the circumstances.
What Happens if You Get in an Accident While in an Uber or Lyft?
After any accident, you should first seek appropriate medical attention. Next, write down everything that you can remember and try to gather all the facts of the case. It is a good idea to get insurance and contact info from both drivers and cooperate with the police, if they are involved, but it can also be helpful to consult a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer before making statements or answering questions. Advice from an attorney could prevent you from saying something that could be taken out of context and used to deny liability. A car accident lawyer could also help file the appropriate accident report with Uber or Lyft.
What Damages May I Recover In A Rideshare Car Accident?
Uber and Lyft typically have insurance policies that cover up to $1 million in damages, but you may also have to go through the driver’s personal insurance. What you can recover in damages will depend upon the accident, the severity of your injuries, policy coverage, and other factors.
It’s difficult to sue Lyft or Uber directly since they define their drivers as independent contractors and claim no liability for their actions beyond what the policy covers. Still, speak with an attorney regarding your options if your damages exceed $1 million or if you think Lyft or Uber is responsible for the accident because of the circumstances.
When Should You Contact a Lawyer After a Rideshare Accident?
After seeking appropriate medical attention and recording all the facts of the case that you can gather, contact a qualified injury attorney. There may be steps you can take to help secure compensation for your injuries, especially if the rideshare company tries to give you the runaround or the responsible driver is uninsured. The Leach Firm, P.A, is prepared to help you recover after a rideshare injury.
Holding Uber and Lyft Drivers Responsible for Your Accident
Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can help discover who is responsible for your injuries and who should be held accountable for your expenses. We assist clients who have suffered spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, deep cuts, lacerations, or bruising, burns, broken bones, and other harm resulting from an Uber or Lyft accident.
Call on an Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer in Florida and Georgia
To get help with an Uber or Lyft accident today, contact the lawyers of The Leach Firm, P.A. We are proud to offer personal injury and accident services to victims and their families. Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers serve the states of Florida and Georgia and will gladly answer any questions you may have. To get started, simply call our office at (844) 722-7567. We look forward to serving you.