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 recovery amount.

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