The ridesharing industry has completely changed the public transportation landscape. Companies like Uber and Lyft, which are now used by 30% of Americans, provide private transport service via mobile apps. This is very similar to traditional taxi service; however, there’s one major distinction – in Florida, ridesharing drivers are independent contractors instead of dedicated employees. While this may seem like an insignificant detail, it causes complications when an accident results in passenger injury. Ehrlich & Naparstek ridesharing attorneys in West Palm Beach & the Treasure Coast have experience taking on the ridesharing industry on behalf of those they injure.
If you been injured in a Florida Uber or Lyft accident, you need an experienced ridesharing personal injury attorney to get the compensation you deserve. Ehrlich & Naparstek, personal injury lawyers have over 27 years of experience helping victims of auto accidents obtain the compensation they deserve. We also understand what sets ridesharing services apart when it comes to insurance and liability. Call us at (561) 687-1717 or (772) 842-8822 for help today.
Under Florida law, public transportation services such as buses are considered common carriers. These entities are responsible for providing a certain level of care to passengers. In fact, if a common carrier fails to live up to safety standards as a result of negligence, they may be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $1,000. However, Uber and Lyft are considered transportation network companies. This changes the way they’re viewed under the law. It also makes the issue of liability quite complicated, especially when determining whose insurance is responsible for paying out damages. Furthermore, there may be issues pertaining to the Uber or Lyft app that caused or contributed to the crash such as a distracted driver.
If you get injured in a ridesharing accident, it may seem plausible that the Uber or Lyft driver’s own auto insurance will pay for damages such as medical bills. Unfortunately, most private auto insurance policies have a “business use exception” that denies coverage if the driver is using their car for profit. That’s why Uber and Lyft carry $1 million in liability coverage meant to cover passenger injuries if their driver is at fault. It may also provide coverage if another driver causes the accident and either has too little or no insurance. However, this coverage only applies if the rideshare driver is logged into the app and actively transporting you at the time of the accident.
If you’re involved in an accident while taking an Uber or Lyft, you may feel like these companies will automatically step in to protect you. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It’s crucial you take several steps to protect yourself. A good rule of thumb is to treat the accident as if you were the one driving. Make sure you take the following steps:
If you’ve been injured and are confused about your rights, Ehrlich & Naparstek Injury Trial Lawyers can help. Our attorneys understand the complexity of ridesharing accidents and will help navigate you through the legal process while ensuring we seek full compensation for your injuries and damages.
Uber and Lyft have taken measures to protect themselves, primarily because their drivers are independent contractors instead of employees. This legal loophole can make it difficult to seek compensation, even with $1 million of liability insurance in place. In addition, if another driver is at fault, there’s a good chance their insurance provider will do everything they can to deny your claim or pay as little as possible. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. Attempting to handle the case yourself may end in further financial loss. Ehrlich & Naparstek have handled cases against Uber & Lyft and have the knowledge and resources to take on any insurance company or corporation.
If you’ve been injured while taking an Uber or Lyft, you have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let Ehrlich & Naparstek help you seek full compensation and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Contact us at (561) 687-1717 or (772) 842-8822 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
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In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is four years from the date of the injury. This means that if you've been injured, you have four years to initiate legal proceedings. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
Florida operates under a no-fault insurance system. This means that after most traffic accidents, your own insurance policy will compensate you for medical expenses and lost income, irrespective of who was at fault. However, in severe injury cases, you might be able to step outside this no-fault system and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule. If you're found to be partially at fault for your injury, your compensation may be reduced by a percentage equal to your share of the blame. For instance, if you're found to be 20% at fault, you can still recover 80% of your total damages.
In Florida, you can seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include tangible costs like medical bills and lost wages, while non-economic damages cover intangibles like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The duration varies based on the complexity of the case, the parties involved, and the evidence. While some cases might settle quickly, others, especially those that go to trial, can take months or even years to resolve.
We operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if you win your case or secure a settlement. Typically, the fee is a percentage of the compensation you receive.
First, prioritize your safety and seek medical attention. Then, if possible, document the scene, take photographs, gather witness information, and report the incident to the police or relevant authorities. It's also advisable to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you're hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver in Florida, you can turn to your own insurance policy's uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can help compensate for your injuries and damages.
Pain and suffering are subjective and can be challenging to quantify. Evidence such as medical records, therapy sessions, personal journals, and testimonies from friends and family can help establish the extent of your pain and suffering.
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