Uber and Lyft are both household names, and these rideshare companies provide a valuable service to visitors and residents throughout Miami and the surrounding areas. However, accidents involving rideshare vehicles do occur, and victims are often left wondering how to secure compensation for their losses. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our nationally-recognized team is here to help when you need a Miami Uber or Lyft accident attorney. We have the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the incident and secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Uber and Lyft accidents can lead to severe injuries
Vehicle accidents involving Uber or Lyft vehicles can, and do, occur. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 400,000 total vehicle crashes during the latest reporting year across the state. Out of these incidents, there were 236,157 injuries and 3,135 fatalities. While the state does not keep track of how many car accidents involve rideshare vehicles, it is important to point out that Uber and Lyft drivers are just like any other driver on the roadway. They have no specialized driver training aside from having a valid driver’s license (or a commercial driver’s license for some categories of vehicles) They can get into accidents just like anybody else. It is not uncommon for the following groups to sustain injuries in a rideshare vehicle crash:
- Passengers inside the rideshare vehicle
- Drivers and passengers inside other vehicles involved in the crash
- Other parties such as pedestrians or bicyclists
Liability for a Miami Uber or Lyft crash
Determining liability in the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft crash is important, just like any other vehicle accident. However, these incidents can become confusing, particularly when determining which insurance carrier will pay a victim’s expenses.
- If a rideshare driver causes a crash when they are not signed into the rideshare app to work, then the accident will be handled like any other vehicle crash in Florida. No-fault insurance laws will take precedence.
- If a rideshare driver causes a crash when they are signed into the rideshare app to work, but they do not have a passenger, the case will still be handled much like any other vehicle accident in Florida. However, both Uber and Lyft provide limited coverage in the event an insurance carrier denies a claim or does not have enough coverage for the total expenses.
- If a rideshare driver is on duty and has a passenger, or is on the way to pick one up, then both Uber and Lyft typically have $1 million liability insurance policies designed to cover everybody involved in the crash.
Contact an experienced attorney for help with your case
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning team is ready to get to work on your case today. Our goal is to secure any compensation you may be entitled to, which can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Lost income if you cannot work while you recover
- Out-of-pocket expenses you incur
- Pain and suffering damages