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Uber & Lyft Accidents

Clearwater Personal Injury Attorneys- Call (727) 877-1212

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. Interested in knowing more about our legal services? Let us know by calling (727) 877-1212.

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 $85 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.

Contact Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212 today to speak to a Clearwater car accident lawyer about what to do following an Uber or Lyft accident.

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.

Free initial consultations are available at Roman & Gaynor. Contact our office at (727) 877-1212 to schedule yours.

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

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  • “Coming away from our first meeting, I knew that all would be well and that I was in good hands.”

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  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $85 Million Recovered for Our Clients
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