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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers in Clearwater

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

By retaining the services of our firm, you can rest easy knowing that your best interests are being protected by a team with more than $95 million in 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 with our Clearwater rideshare accident attorneys about what to do following an Uber or Lyft accident in Florida.

Who Is Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident in Florida?

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 Uber and Lyft accident attorney from Roman & Gaynor in Clearwater, Florida.

Parties that could be found liable for excess damages caused by an 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.

Understanding Your Rights After a Rideshare Accident

When an Uber or Lyft driver causes your accident and you suffer injuries as a result, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. Due to the unique issues inherent to the way these companies operate, however, accident cases involving Uber and Lyft are not always straightforward. At Roman & Gaynor, we know how to effectively navigate fault, liability, and coverage issues for the benefit of our clients.

When it comes to Uber and Lyft accidents, who can be held liable and how you may be compensated will vary depending on a few circumstances:

  • In your own vehicle – If you are involved in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, who can be held liable will depend on whether the driver is performing a trip. Rideshare companies have clauses that establish liability and coverage in auto accidents. If a driver is transporting a fare when they cause an accident, there is a $1 million commercial insurance liability policy. When the app is on but the driver is in between trips, either the driver’s personal insurance or the company’s contingent insurance policy may provide coverage for excess damages. This contingent policy is lower than the $1 million commercial policy for when there is an active fare. In cases where the driver has the app turned off, however, the at-fault driver’s personal insurance will provide coverage to victims they harm.
  • As a passenger – If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft that is involved in a car accident, you will be covered by the company’s $1 million liability policy, which includes $1 million in uninsured and underinsured coverage. This means that even when a collision is not caused by the rideshare driver, you still have a significant safety net to recover your excess damages.

It is your right to work with an attorney who has the experience and resources to help navigate liability and coverage issues on your behalf and guide you through the process of protecting your right to compensation. Remember, even though you have the right to compensation, you should never expect to be automatically awarded money.

This is because auto insurance companies, Uber, Lyft, and their commercial insurance insurers are all businesses that work to make money, not provide payouts to victims. As such, they commonly prioritize profits ahead of people, fight claims, and try to minimize payouts as much as possible. This is why you need a legal advocate on your side.

If you were recently involved in an Uber / Lyft accident – as a passenger, pedestrian, or driver of another vehicle – do not hesitate to bring your case to the attention of our legal team at Roman & Gaynor. We are readily available to review your case free of charge. We can also make home and hospital visits if you are unable to come to us.

Let Roman & Gaynor Handle Your Claim

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.

When you enlist the help of proven attorneys such as Mark Roman and Morgan Gaynor – both of whom are Board Certified Civil Trial Experts – you benefit from a legal team that can effectively level the playing field between large corporations and injured victims. Over the years, we have leveraged decades of experience to do just that, and have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

By retaining our Clearwater rideshare accident lawyers, you can allow yourself the opportunity to focus on your recovery. All the while, our team will be dutifully working on building your claim so it can take down any defense and secure a maximum recovery. Call now to learn how we can help you through this difficult time.

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

We Have Recovered Over $95 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.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “I cannot stress enough how professional, comfortable and relaxed I was at trial. ”

    James F.

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

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  • “This was a difficult situation Mark and Cate made it easier.”

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  • “We were so very confident in the firm's ability, and were never disappointed.”

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  • “At Roman and Gaynor it is not just about winning your case, it is also about making sure that you are taken care of physically and emotionally.”

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  • “Your firm cares about taking care of their people. I would refer them and use them again if needed.”

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  • “You all made me feel like family. I appreciate all your help.”

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  • “I had experience with other law firms, but yours is different. We really feel that you humanly care.”

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  • “Morgan Gaynor & Grace were awesome and very informative.”

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  • “Your firm more than met our expectations. We were extremely satisfied!”

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  • “I can attest that your motto "We Really Care" and "Compassionate Justice" are not just mere words...”

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  • “I feel the staff and handling of my case was impressive and extremely professional.”

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  • “I couldn't be more happy or satisfied.”

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A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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