Uber & Lyft Accidents in Clearwater, FL
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Thousands of Floridians use Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services
every day to get from destination to destination with ease. However, despite
the popularity of Uber and Lyft, most people would admit to not knowing
what to do in case they get hurt while using ridesharing services, or
when struck by a ridesharing vehicle. If you have found yourself in such
a situation, you are vulnerable to excess damages being wrongly placed
upon your tab in an Uber or Lyft accident, simply because you do not know
your rights as an injured party.
Contact Roman & Gaynor today to speak to a Clearwater car accident lawyer
about what to do following an Uber or Lyft accident. By retaining the
services of our attorneys, you can rest easy in knowing that your best
interests are being protected by a team with more than $65+ million worth of
winning verdicts and settlements under their belts. We will do everything in our power to reduce your liability
as much as possible, fighting for the largest compensation award in turn.
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Muddled Liability in an Uber or Lyft Accident
The legal world has encountered issues with
car accidents caused by or involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Plaintiffs often want to
treat the claim as they would any other auto accident claim, but insurance
companies have often seen things differently. In particular, since a ridesharing
driver is technically working at the time, can liability be placed on
their parent company, such as Uber or Lyft? The question must be addressed
on a case-by-case basis and should be approached with the assistance of
an experienced Uber accident attorney from Roman & Gaynor in Clearwater, Florida.
Parties that could be found liable for your excess damages in your Uber
or Lyft accident include:
Ridesharing driver: If you get hit by a ridesharing driver or get hurt while inside an Uber
or Lyft, it is probably safe to say that some, if not most, of the liability
falls on the ridesharing driver. They have the responsibility to keep
passengers and passersby safe as they travel from location to location.
Even if another driver slams into your Uber or Lyft, your driver might
be liable for not taking the right steps to prevent or minimize the crash.
Ridesharing company: Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing drivers need to download and run a smartphone
app in order to get paid for their services. The trouble is that they
need to run the app
while they are driving, and it generally has to be visible at all times so they
can see new ride requests from nearby clients. This clearly creates a
driver distraction and may put liability on the ridesharing company for
not providing a safer way to use the app and act as a driver representing them.
Other passengers: In some public transit accident cases, the operator of the vehicle, like
a bus, is not found liable for an accident due to a rowdy, disruptive
passenger. The same might be true in an Uber or Lyft accident in which
a passenger intentionally tries to distract the driver, or even force
them into a crash.
As aforementioned, pinpointing liability is often a difficult task, even
with Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) insurance laws in
place. If total damages exceed the automatic payout given by the insurer,
then someone will need to be held accountable for what remains.
We Make Your Claim While You Rest & Recuperate
The last thing you want to do after being in an Uber accident or Lyft crash
is trying to figure out the nuances of liability laws in such circumstances.
By retaining our Clearwater car accident lawyers, you allow yourself the
welcome opportunity to sit back, relax as best you can, and focus on getting
better. All the while, our confident team will be dutifully working on
building your claim so it can take down any defense and secure a maximized
Free initial consultations are available at Roman & Gaynor. Contact our office
to schedule yours.