Rideshare Accident Attorney
Experienced Attorneys When You Need It Most
Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity due to their ease of use, trip estimator, rating options and automatic payment features. The only problem with this popularity is the increase in rideshare accidents that occur daily. What happens then? Do you know you should do if you are involved in a rideshare accident?
Did you know that according to Florida Statute rideshare drivers are required to have insurance and pass background checks? The type of insurance that will be utilized becomes clouded depending upon the driver’s status at the time of the accident.
Uber and Lyft drivers are covered by $1 million insurance policy. If the driver is logged in to the app and is actively engaged in a trip at the time of the accident, the Uber or Lyft insurance coverage will be utilized.
If a driver is logged in to the app and is not actively engaged in a trip at the time of the accident both the driver’s personal insurance and Uber or Lyft’s coverage can be utilized. According the Florida statute, rideshare drivers are required to have primary automobile liability coverage of at least $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for death and bodily injury per incident, and $25,000 for property damage.
If a driver is not logged in to the app or service, their personal insurance will be utilized. Because the driver was not logged in to the app, the $1 million insurance policy from Uber or Lyft will not come into play.
In some cases, the person responsible for the accident may not have enough insurance coverage. In these uninsured or underinsured cases, you may be able to use your own personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. If you have questions about PIP coverage or benefits, give us a call.
These accidents are traumatic, regardless of how serious the injury. We understand how difficult it can be to go through this situation and how stressful the aftermath is. When you are not sure where to turn or what to do next, call our rideshare accident attorneys. In these complex cases we represent:
- Rideshare Passengers
- Rideshare Drivers
- Occupants of Other Vehicles
If you are involved in a rideshare accident, follow the same steps as any other car accident.
- Assist the injured and seek medical attention
- Control the scene. If there are no injures and the vehicle is drivable, safely move to the side of the road.
- Notify the police and file a report
Document the scene. Take photos and notes. We recommend you obtain the following information:
- Address and email address
- Vehicle information including make, model and year
- Vehicle identification number and license plate number
- Driver’s license number
- Insurance carrier and policy information
Remember rideshare drivers are the same as every other driver. Just because a driver has a 5 star rating, they are prone to the same mistakes and can get distracted. It is an unfortunate occurrence but, if you or your loved ones have experienced one of these types of accidents give us a call.
Additionally, not all accidents are caused by Uber or Lyft drivers. As a driver you spend long hours on the road. That alone increases your chances of being involved in an accident. If you are a driver who was involved in an accident that was not your fault, call us today. Our attorneys understand your needs and have the skills, experience and resources needed to represent you.
We will correspond with the insurance company, gather all evidence, utilize expert witness testimony (if required) and help you avoid mistakes. Our rideshare attorneys have a proven track record of assisting our clients through these situations. Whether you are the passenger, driver, occupant in another vehicle or pedestrian, we are here to help.