Rideshare Accidents

Miami Rideshare Accident Attorneys

Handling Uber & Lyft Claims in Florida

Thanks to modern-day technology, millions of Americans are able to access everything from their smartphones, from their bank accounts to rides to and from the airport. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have served millions of customers in the U.S. and around the world, and countless users have come to rely on them to get them around town while on vacation or when they need a ride home after a night out. Unfortunately, the rise in rideshare apps and customers also means there’s been a steady rise in the number of rideshare accidents on the road. If you or a loved one have been injured, you can turn to our trusted Miami rideshare accident lawyers at Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. for help. Navigating a car accident can be complicated, but things can get even more tricky when rideshare companies are involved. Having recovered millions for our clients, our team knows what it takes to win your personal injury case.

Contact us online or by phone at (305) 900-5493 after you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. Rideshare claims can be challenging – we can help.

Common Rideshare Accident Injuries

According to the MIT Technology Review, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have increased the number of total car crash fatalities in the United States and allege that since 2011 – the year rideshare apps became popular – traffic deaths increased by 2 to 3 percent.

People who are injured in rideshare accidents can suffer from the same injuries that occur in any car accident. Some common injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and whiplash. No matter how minor your injuries may seem, it’s always recommended that you seek medical attention after a car accident – even something as seemingly harmless as a headache can become serious without proper treatment.

woman calling an uberUber & Lyft Insurance Coverage in Florida

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft attempt to make their apps safe to use by setting certain requirements for drivers. For example, in Florida, drivers must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid U.S. driver’s license, and have proof of registration and vehicle insurance in order to qualify as rideshare drivers. Cars must also pass vehicle inspection and the models must be 2005 or newer. However, car accidents still happen.

To prepare for these cases, Uber and Lyft each carry $1 million insurance protection for their drivers as long as they are either actively logged into the app and are waiting for a request, are on their way to pick up a passenger, or are in the process of transporting a passenger. Because Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees, they don’t have the same protections as employees. If the driver wasn’t logged into their app when the accident occurred, they must access their personal insurance policy.

Florida’s insurance requirements for rideshare services can be broken down as follows:

Drivers who are logged into the app but aren’t carrying passengers:

  • $25,000 in property damages
  • $50,000 in death and bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
  • PIP and UIM coverage (required by Florida law)

Drivers who are carrying passengers:

  • $1 million liability coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and death
  • PIP and UIM coverage (required by Florida law)

What to Do If You’re a Driver

If you were injured in a car accident as an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be panicked about the recovery process. Our team understands how important it is that you provide for your family and is able to walk you through your accident to understand what damages you may be able to recover. If you were logged into the company app at the time of your accident, for instance, you may be eligible to seek compensation for personal injury and property damage.

Who Is Liable in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

Just like with other car accident cases, the driver who was responsible for the accident will generally held liable for any damages. If a rideshare driver is responsible for your accident, you may be able to pursue compensation through either the driver's insurance, or through the supplemental insurance offered to the driver through the rideshare company.

Our team can help you work through the confusing process of determining liability and demonstrating negligence in a rideshare accident claim.

How Our Rideshare Accident Lawyers in Miami Can Help

Because rideshare accident claims can be complicated, you need as much evidence and documentation of your injuries as possible in order to establish liability. Our attorneys can obtain these important documents, which can include phone records, medical records, police reports, and more. We can build a strong claim in your favor so you get the best possible chance of recovering damages like medical bills and lost wages.

After a traumatic accident, you deserve to rest at home or in the hospital and recover from your wounds. Our team has over 200 years of collective experience and can be trusted to handle the details of your claim while you concentrate on healing.

For trusted legal services in English or Spanish, call our rideshare accident attorneys in Miami at (305) 900-5493 for a free consultation. We’ve recovered millions for the injured successfully since 1974.

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