With the increasing popularity of rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, more and more people are at risk of being involved in an accident with a rideshare driver. Unfortunately for victims, these types of collisions are extremely complicated when it comes to filing an injury claim and recovering compensation.
The good news is that the Jacksonville rideshare accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. can help protect your rights and fight for the fair recovery you deserve. We understand the complexities inherent in Uber and Lyft accident claims and have a proven record of success in helping our clients get the compensation they deserved. If you were recently involved in an accident with a careless, reckless, or negligent rideshare driver, we encourage you to reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help.
One of the reasons rideshare accident claims are more complex than standard car accident cases is that most major rideshare companies, including Uber and Lyft, classify their drivers as independent contractors, not employees. Because of this, rideshare companies are often exempt from liability in the event of a crash, meaning it can be exceedingly difficult to sue Uber or Lyft after an accident.
Additionally, because Florida is a no-fault state, most auto accident victims must turn to their own insurance providers for compensation. Your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance covers certain percentages of your medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who was at fault for the accident—but it does not cover any non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or reduced quality of life. You may be able to step outside the no-fault system and seek compensation for all of your losses if you can prove that your injuries are “serious,” as defined by Florida law.
However, all that being said, both Uber and Lyft do offer some coverage for people who are injured in accidents caused by their drivers. The exact amount of coverage available will depend on a variety of factors, including the driving period in which the accident happened.
As mentioned above, Uber and Lyft both offer insurance coverage for those injured in accidents with their drivers. For this coverage to apply, the rideshare driver must be at fault (at least partly) for the accident and they must have had the app turned on at the time of the accident. When Uber and Lyft drivers do not have the app turned on, neither rideshare company offers any coverage, and anyone who wishes to recover compensation must do so through their own no-fault insurance or by bringing a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.
Like any car accident, there are several important things to do after a crash involving a rideshare vehicle. Additionally, there are some specific steps you should take following the accident to protect your right to seek financial recovery.
We strongly recommend that you contact a Jacksonville Uber and Lyft accident lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. It is best to speak to an attorney before talking to any insurance adjusters. An attorney at our firm can guide you through the process, including reporting the accident to your auto insurance provider and notifying the rideshare company about the crash.
A serious accident can change your life—but you do not have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Our team at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. has over a century of combined experience that we are ready to put on your side. Our attorneys will fight tooth and nail for you, working tirelessly in their efforts to secure the maximum compensation you are owed.