Personal injury attorneys fight for ridesharing accident victims in Citrus and Lake counties
Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft offer a convenient service to people who need reliable transportation, but that convenience can come at a price. Before ridesharing was introduced, traffic accident fatalities were on the decline. Since Uber began operations in 2011, the trend has reversed, thanks to increased traffic congestion. Largey Law Firm, with offices in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont, draws on years of experience helping injured clients to recover fair compensation and is prepared to seek the damages you deserve following a ridesharing accident.
What should I do if I am injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle?
If you are injured as a passenger of a rideshare vehicle, the driver whose carelessness caused the accident is liable. If that was your driver, it might be difficult to win a suit against Uber or Lyft unless you can prove the companies themselves were somehow at fault, and the driver’s own insurer might deny coverage. Fortunately, both companies require their drivers to carry auto insurance, and both have liability insurance policies that apply when the drivers’ own insurers deny coverage or their personal insurance is exhausted. If the other party is at fault, you need to pursue your claim for damages against that party and his or her insurer. Of course, you aren’t likely to get a fair settlement from insurers without a good personal injury attorney in your corner. We work hard to build a strong case for compensation against all potentially liable parties.
What should I do if I get into an accident with a negligent Uber or Lyft vehicle?
If you are a driver or passenger of another vehicle or a pedestrian injured by the negligence of a rideshare vehicle’s driver, you can sue them for any injuries you suffer. It’s important to get the other driver’s name, contact information and insurance company as soon as you’re able. Once you know you’ve been injured, you should retain the services of a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney like those at our firm. Although it doesn’t affect the amount of damages you are entitled to, the amount of insurance will likely affect how much you can get as a practical matter. If the driver is off duty, you must look to the driver’s personal policy. If the driver is on duty, Uber’s or Lyft’s insurance policy will kick in, but the amount available will probably depend on whether the driver was carrying a passenger or not. If we represent you, we will investigate to learn what circumstances apply and what insurance is available.
How are Uber and Lyft drivers protected in an accident?
If you are an Uber or Lyft driver involved in an accident with another driver or a pedestrian after accepting a ride or while transporting a passenger, the company’s auto insurance will cover you if your personal insurer denies coverage or insures you inadequately. If you are injured in such an accident with a negligent driver with inadequate or no insurance, you might be able to recover damages from Uber’s or Lyft’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Regardless of who is liable for your injuries, we are fully prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact a dedicated Central Florida personal injury attorney for your rideshare accident claim
If you are injured in a rideshare accident, Largey Law Firm will work to hold the negligent party accountable. Call us at 352-253-0456 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you. Our offices are conveniently located in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont. Se habla español.