Aventura, Florida, Uber And Lyft Accident Attorney
Over the last few years, there has been an increase in rideshare services throughout Florida and Aventura. These services provide patrons with an efficient and convenient way to travel for work and pleasure. A simple app device is all a person needs to have a vehicle on call.
However, as more and more people utilize these services, the risk of accidents increases. I am Jared Newman, and I provide steadfast representation to accident victims. To schedule a free consultation, contact my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., at 954-281-7709.
Liability In An Aventura Uber Or Lyft Accident In Florida
If you are a passenger who was hurt in a car accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you could be entitled to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the facts surrounding the accident, you could hold the rideshare driver or another driver responsible. There are times when an injured person can recover from either Uber or Lyft’s insurance coverage.
In cases when another driver causes an accident, you are probably limited to holding the at-fault driver liable and not your Lyft or Uber driver or the respective rideshare service.
However, there are times when an Uber or Lyft driver is responsible for a car accident. Typically, as a passenger, you will have to file a lawsuit against your driver. Because of the functional relationship between rideshare companies and their drivers, they are protected from most liability.
Uber and Lyft both carry third-party liability insurance coverage. However, this coverage is not always available to an injured passenger or party. This insurance will only go into effect if a Lyft or Uber driver’s insurance is insufficient to cover an injured person’s claim. Additionally, the extra insurance provided by Uber and Lyft is further limited by what action the driver is engaged with at the time of the accident.
If an accident occurs when an Uber or Lyft driver is transporting a passenger or on their way to pick up a rider, then someone injured in an accident could receive the full amount of coverage available if necessary. However, if a rideshare driver is between jobs, the amount of coverage available is substantially less.
If a rideshare driver is logged into their app and is available to pick up a passenger but is not engaged in transporting a passenger or picking one up, the amount of coverage provided is $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident for bodily injury.
When a Lyft or Uber driver is transporting a passenger or on their way to pick up a rider, Lyft and Uber provide up to $1 million in coverage for injured drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. To understand the full scope of coverage available, speak with me.
Compensation Available In An Uber Or Lyft Car Accident Lawsuit
A person who is hurt in a car accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver or who was a passenger in a rideshare vehicle involved in a crash might be entitled to monetary compensation. In a personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff is typically permitted to seek economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are the financial losses a passenger incurs because of a rideshare accident. These damages include the cost of hospital stays, surgeries and medical treatment. Additionally, a plaintiff could recover for medication expenses, occupational therapy and lost wages.
Compensation for pain and suffering is included under noneconomic damages. Also included in these intangible damages are physical anguish, mental distress and loss of quality of life, consortium and family services.
Steps To Take After A Lyft Or Uber Car Accident In Aventura
If you are ever in a car crash, you should seek medical attention, or wait for treatment if you cannot move. However, if physically possible, there are some things you could do that will help you in a personal injury lawsuit.
- As stated above, your first concern should be seeking medical treatment. However, in many cases, a car accident victim will believe that they are not as hurt as badly they really are. No matter how you feel after an Uber or Lyft crash, you should see your doctor within a day or two. Some injuries might not reveal any noticeable symptoms for days or weeks. Nonetheless, tying your injuries to the accident is crucial in a lawsuit or settlement negotiation. Any hesitation in seeking medical attention will not only jeopardize your health but also open the door for the defendant or insurance company to allege that your injuries are not related to the accident.
- You should call local law enforcement. It is important to report the accident to the police. Law enforcement will investigate the incident, and the police report could provide critical information to help determine who caused the crash. The report should also include driver, insurance, and witness information.
- If your cellphone has a camera, then you should also take pictures of the accident scene. Do not worry that you are taking too many. Images are helpful in understanding what occurred, the extent of the physical damage and the state of the scene immediately following the accident. Any photo you take could offer important clues. Photos also serve as a way of jogging memories.
- Finally, you should gather the contact information of any witnesses. In many situations, a witness might have to leave before the police arrive, so you cannot rely on the police report to include every witness.
Call Jared Newman, Esq., For A Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash involving a rideshare service, contact my firm. I provide professional and experienced legal representation to those who have been injured in car accidents. To discuss your options and legal rights with me, call my Aventura office at 954-281-7709 to schedule a free consultation.
"A friend recommended Attorney Jared Newman after I was involved in a car accident. From the start Jared has been absolutely amazing. From staying in constant contact with me with updates on my case, to explaining things I didn’t understand, to getting me the best outcome possible, he has not disappointed. I’m glad I made the right decision with Jared Newman and I’m definitely keeping his number saved for anything in the future."