Uber & Lyft Accidents Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a ridesharing accident involving an Uber or Lyft, then you are entitled to compensation. These types of cases can be complex to navigate without the help of experienced attorneys.
Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys regularly help injured people get their lives back on track following all types of injuries in ridesharing accidents.
Uber & Lyft Liability Attorneys Led by Experience
Our Uber & Lyft accident attorney team of Sean McQuaid, Jonathon W. Douglas and Aubrey Dicus are recognized by their peers, courts and community as premier lawyers in Personal Injury Law. Sean McQuaid, Aubrey Dicus, and Jonathon Douglas are designated as Super Lawyers, and Sean is the President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2020-21.
The Law Firm, Battaglia, Ross, Dicus, & McQuaid, P.A. has been providing exceptional legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area and across the state of Florida for over 60 years. The law firm is ranked by US News and World Reports as a Tier 1 Law Firm, its highest possible rating.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact us today for a free consultation.
What Happens If You’re in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Florida?
Car accidents happen all the time; there were 402,000 in Florida in 2019. But Uber and Lyft accidents are more complicated.
If you’ve been injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car accident, there is always insurance money available. In Florida, rideshare insurance policies provide coverage for passengers of up to $1,000,000.
When the Uber or Lyft Driver Was Not at Fault
If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and someone else caused the accident with your vehicle, there is coverage of up to $250,000.00. This is called uninsured or underinsured coverage if the at fault driver’s bodily insurance coverage isn’t enough to compensate your damages.
When the Uber or Lyft Driver Was at Fault
If the rideshare driver was at fault for the accident, then again, there could be coverage of up to $1,000,000 for your injuries and damages as a passenger. If that’s still not enough, then the passenger’s own underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage may come into play.
As of May 2017, Florida has had ‘The Uber/Lyft Law.’ This required Uber drivers and other rideshare companies to meet the following insurance requirements:
- $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person
- $100,000 for death and bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 for property damage
Florida law also requires Uber, Lyft and others to carry out background checks on all their drivers.
Further complications can arise if the rideshare driver turned their app off when the accident occurred. In this scenario, then the driver’s car insurance is used.
If this has happened to you, it’s highly advised to contact an Uber and Lyft accident attorney.
Steps to Take If You’ve Been in an Uber or Lyft Accident
Although an Uber and Lyft accident attorney will build a case before negotiating with insurance companies, there are some important steps you should take yourself:
- Get to safety. Ask your driver to pull over safely if needed.
- Seek medical assistance if needed. Your health should always be the priority.
- Call law enforcement.
- Gather evidence. This includes your Uber or Lyft driver’s details AND the other driver’s details (name, license plate number and insurance details).
- Take a screenshot of your trip
- Collect witness reports yourself and ask for their contact information.
- Please don’t refuse medical attention. Evidence of medical injuries can be crucial in your compensation claims.
- Contact an Uber & Lyft accident attorney as soon as possible.
Should I See a Doctor if I Don’t Feel Any Pain?
Accident victims are always advised to visit a doctor as soon as possible. It’s very common to not feel any pain or symptoms for hours or days after the accident, before sudden discomfort a while later.
Creating a paper trail of your medical treatment can help you build a solid case to bring you the compensation you deserve.
Act Fast – You Need to File Before the Deadline
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, you must file a personal injury claim within four years from the date of your injury.
While that means you can file for an accident in the past, it also means you need to act fast. Insurance companies and rideshare companies are notorious for slowing the process down, so victims miss the deadline.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive For a Uber & Lyft Accident?
With over 2.3 billion Uber trips in the U.S. each year, our Uber & Lyft accident attorneys regularly work hard to bring compensation for victims suffering damages for:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- And More
Common Injuries Suffered in Uber & Lyft Accidents:
- Back and neck injury
- Broken bones
- Chest injury
- Crushing injury
- Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- Eye injury
- Head injury
- Lost limbs
- Spinal cord damage
- Sprains and strains
- Wrongful death
- And More
Common Causes of Uber & Lyft Accidents:
With over 400,000 car accidents in Florida in 2019, there are a wide variety of causes. Uber and Lyft drivers often work long shifts with many distractions. Causes may include:
- Dangerous road conditions.
- Defective vehicles or safety equipment
- Distracted driving
- Drivers looking for passengers rather than paying attention
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Fatigued driving
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Racing through intersections to beat a red or yellow light
- Stopped in prohibited zones
- Stopping suddenly to let passengers out of the vehicle
- Weather and traffic conditions
Why Do You Need an Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney?
Uber and Lyft are multinational companies with huge teams of lawyers and financial backing. They won’t hand out money easily. Your claim needs to be presented properly by lawyers who the insurance companies know can’t be bullied or taken advantage of.
Our Uber and Lyft attorneys have the expertise and experience to see past their tricks and build a case that gets you the compensation you deserve.
You’ll have the time and freedom to recover from your injuries and focus on what matters; instead of stressing over paperwork, insurance negotiators and constantly reliving the accident.
Free Consultations With Hit and Run Accident Lawyers
At Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A, we understand the difficult time you might be having following a rideshare accident. We work to ensure every victim receives the highest possible compensation for their damages.
We offer free consultations for anyone in need of a Uber & Lyft accident attorney. Call Sean McQuaid, Jonathon W. Douglas or Aubrey Dicus at (727) 381-2300 if you need legal assistance or have any questions.