Over the past few years ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft have become household names. The ride providers improved upon basic service of taxis and other consumer transportation, including reliable pickup times, assurance of the fastest route, and consistently clean vehicles. In addition, these ride-sharing services are often perceived as safer than other forms of consumer transportation because of the additional driver accountability.
Addressing these issues has allowed Uber and Lyft to transform daily transportation for average people around the world.
Despite these substantial improvements upon everyday transportation, these companies have also seen their share of growing pains. In particular, certain safety issues are, simply, unavoidable when it comes to consumer transportation. A Florida car accident can still occur in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. These accidents result in personal injury to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and occupants of other vehicles.
Afterwards passengers may wonder if they have recourse for recovery. The answer is yes; there are avenues for recovery of medical costs and other expenses. However, you must correctly identify the party at fault for an accident to file an appropriate lawsuit, and in that process a Florida accident lawyer can help.
If your Uber or Lyft driver is not at fault for the accident, liability falls to the other driver. Despite riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you need to look to the at-fault party for recovery of expenses for your medical bills and losses due to pain and suffering. This is not always an easy process because many drivers in Florida are uninsured or underinsured. Often, these drivers lack sufficient financial assets to pay your costs, even though they are liable. Understandably, this is frustrating.
Frequently, a better option when the other driver is responsible for an Uber or Lyft accident is to use your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. If you own a car and carry PIP insurance, it can be applied to costs and expenses sustained as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft accident. PIP insurance often covers the first $10,000 of medical bills and lost wages after these accidents, regardless of who was at fault for the collision.
Passengers of Uber, Lyft–or any other ride-sharing service–actually have more certainty of recovery if an Uber or Lyft driver is at-fault for an accident. In these instances, a passenger can bring a personal injury lawsuit against both the driver and the ride-share company. These parties will have the proper insurance and financial assets to cover most, if not all, of the costs from an accident in Florida.
In some instances, an accident can have consequences for the ride-share company. Both Uber and Lyft are required to conduct local and national criminal background checks on their drivers, when the driver applies and every three years while an independent contractor for the company. Ride-share services must also maintain a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol abuse. These routine checks help ensure passenger safety, and a company’s failure to adhere to these and similar policies exposes them to more liability.
On July 1, 2017, a new bill went into effect in Florida. Known as the Uber/Lyft Bill, it requires drivers of ride-share services to carry specific minimum insurance coverage. These minimums are $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for death or bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage. While these minimums often fall short of the total costs related to an accident, passengers know that certain costs are covered. However, in the case of a serious accident, it could still be an uphill battle to recover full costs and expenses.
Here are the facts:
- As an injured Lyft car accident victim, you deserve compensation
- Your compensation should be timely and commensurate to what you lost or suffered
- There are guidelines and laws dictating the outcome of the compensation claims
- A qualified, skilled and experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the unclear laws and get the compensation that you deserve
Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims of Lyft car accidents fight for their rights. We have successfully filed hundreds of car accident claims for different clients and are ready to do the same for you. It is important to remember that time is critical in any type of compensation claim. So if you, or someone you love has been the victim of a Lyft car accident we suggest you get in touch with us immediately by calling us at 305-441-0440 or by emailing us directly at [email protected]. You can also call us toll free at 1-866-597-4529.
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For nearly 25 years, I have represented injured clients throughout the state of Florida due to the negligence of others. If you, a loved one, or someone you know, has been involved in an accident in Florida, call Aronfeld Lawyers for a free initial consultation on your legal rights as a victim of an accident.