North Miami Beach Uber + Lyft Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers can be tragic for riders and customers who have little hand in being able to avoid or mitigate the damage and injury from the crash. Other drivers who suffer injuries because they were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who was tired or inattentive after a long shift also bear a significant burden of the “convenience” that Uber and Lyft provide. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft, contact our North Miami Beach Uber and Lyft car accident lawyer today.
The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked represents injury victims from car accidents and other serious accidents. Our attorney fights to get you the compensation you deserve and hold negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause. To schedule a free legal consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (305) 690-0244.
Suing Lyft and Uber for Car Accidents in Florida
When you are injured by a truck driver or taxi driver’s negligence, the trucking company or taxicab company that employs that driver can often be held accountable for the injuries their driver caused. Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft do not employ their drivers like taxi companies do. Instead, these drivers are independent contractors that simply use the app for payment and matching with drivers – they do not actually work for Uber or Lyft.
However, this does not stop you from being able to get compensation for your injuries; it just changes whom you sue. Instead of suing the rideshare company, you can sue the Uber or Lyft driver directly. This cuts out the complexity of suing an employer and allows you to take the immediately responsible party to court. If you were injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and the accident was actually caused by another driver, you can sue that driver instead of the Uber or Lyft driver since both you and your driver would be victims of that accident.
When you sue a driver directly, their insurance company will usually be able to cover many of the damages in the accident. In some crashes, you are actually required to use your own insurance to cover your injuries, but if you were injured as a passenger or your injuries were particularly severe, the responsible driver’s insurance coverage should pay for your injuries. In the case of Uber and Lyft accidents, both companies also have insurance that works to cover injuries under certain circumstances.
Damages for Injuries in an Uber or Lyft Crash
When you are injured in a car accident, you can face a variety of potential injuries and damages. In a personal injury case like a car accident lawsuit, the compensation you receive should cover the full value of these injuries and other harms, including damages to cover your medical bills, any wages you lost because of the accident, and the pain and suffering you face. Calculating these damages can be complex, but documentation and financial records including bank statements, pay stubs, and hospital bills can help you calculate the majority of your damages. Intangible damages like pain and suffering can be calculated by a lawyer, and projected damages like lost earning capacity can be calculated with the help of financial experts.
These damages can be claimed against the driver, but their insurance company usually steps in to pay for the damages. In Uber and Lyft cases, the rideshare company usually provides extra insurance to cover your injuries – but this insurance only covers the accident under certain circumstances.
- When the driver is not using the app, they are treated like any other driver on the road and their insurance will cover them in severe accidents as normal.
- If they are logged in to the app but have not accepted a ride yet, they will instead have additional coverage if their insurance cannot cover the full accident.
- Any time that they are on their way to pick up an accepted ride or have a rider actually in their vehicle, they will be covered by a $1 million insurance policy.
The supplemental bonus insurance for on-duty drivers covers accidents up to $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident for injury. The enhanced $1 million policy covers any injuries or property damage up to $1 million. This $1 million insurance policy covers the accident whether you were a rider, another driver injured in a crash, a pedestrian or cyclist involved in the crash, or even the Uber or Lyft driver.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Uber and Lyft Accidents
Uber and Lyft commonly send out representatives from their company to handle accidents. These individuals are trained to try to make the aftermath of an accident easier, but the company likely hopes that this response will help persuade injury victims not to sue.
The Uber or Lyft driver, any other Uber or Lyft representatives, and the representatives of the insurance companies want to see cases settle quickly and cheaply, meaning that your injuries and damages may not be covered in full if you accept payment this way. Talk to an attorney who can advocate for you and fight to maximize your compensation.
Call Our North Miami Beach Uber and Lyft Injury Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a car accident, you should accept nothing less than what you deserve. Talk to The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today to discuss what your accident case should be worth and how to improve your chances of getting the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law. North Miami Beach Uber and Lyft accident attorney Prosper Shaked may be able to take your case and fight to seek justice for your injuries and financial harms. Contact us today at (305) 690-0244 to schedule a free legal consultation.