Car Crashes And Florida Rideshare Services
Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, are a convenient, inexpensive solution for people who do not own a car, are on vacation, or simply need to shuttle between a dinner out and another social event. While there are benefits to using these forms of transportation, they are not without risks. Whenever you are traveling in a car, accidents and accident injuries are possible.
Injuries sustained in rideshare accidents can lead to complicated claim negotiations. Connect with an experienced Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate the details of your case and determine what level of compensation you could be eligible to receive. Many facts will need to be evaluated, including if the rideshare driver had a passenger at the time and if one or more parties were negligent.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Use Personal Vehicles
Because rideshare drivers are using their personal vehicles to supply passengers with rideshare services, injury claims can be confusing. After all, these drivers are not employees of the rideshare companies, they are independent contractors. Because of this, the cars are insured not by the company but by the individual driver.
That said, there is some protection from the companies. Uber and Lyft have uninsured and underinsured coverage in place to pay for damages when a passenger is injured and the driver does not have enough insurance to adequately cover the expenses.
With cars being utilized for two purposes, personal use and business transactions, the details of an accident can be the difference between pursuing compensation from an individual driver or a rideshare company. For example, if there was no passenger in the rideshare driver’s vehicle at the time of the crash, the larger company may say it is a period of personal use, and the driver’s individual coverage is responsible for paying out for an accident injury.
Importance of Gathering Information Following a Florida Crash
Just as you would gather information to protect yourself following a crash if only personal vehicles were involved, collect details after a collision involving an Uber or Lyft.
Take note of the following:
- Names of all drivers.
- Contact information and insurance policy numbers.
- Make, models, and license plates of vehicles.
- Photos of the accident site, injuries, and property damage.
If you believe something could be an essential piece of evidence, document it. The more details the better. Then, connect with a Florida personal injury lawyer to discuss next steps.
Were you struck by a Lyft or Uber driver in the Tampa Bay area? Or are you recovering from an injury sustained while riding in a Clearwater Uber? Talk to the attorneys at Roman & Roman. Rideshare accident cases can be complex, but our attorneys have experience in a wide range of accident cases, including rideshare collisions. We will work diligently to secure the compensation you need to move past the injurious event. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys will provide you with the legal expertise required to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to book your no-obligation, free consultation.