In the hustle and bustle of South Florida, rideshare services have become an integral part of daily life. While these services offer convenience, they also raise important questions about liability in the unfortunate event of an accident. If you find yourself involved in a rideshare accident, it’s crucial to understand if you can sue Uber or Lyft. And you need to understand your ability to seek compensation.
Determining Liability in a Florida Rideshare Accident
Determining liability in a rideshare accident involves a nuanced analysis of various factors. In Florida, like many other states, rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft have insurance policies that cover accidents occurring during trips. However, the level of coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident.
- App Turned Off: If the driver’s Uber app is turned off and they are not actively seeking passengers, the driver’s personal insurance is typically responsible for any damages.
- App Turned On, Waiting for a Ride Request: Once the app is turned on, but the driver is awaiting a ride request, Uber’s insurance provides coverage for injuries and property damage, but the coverage is often limited.
- In-Route to Pick Up or Transporting a Passenger: The highest level of coverage is in place when the driver is in-route to pick up a passenger or has a passenger in the car. Uber’s insurance is generally the primary coverage in these situations.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft for an Accident in South Florida?
Yes, you can sue Uber or Lyft if you are involved in an accident caused by that rideshare driver. However, the legal process can be complex. It’s crucial to understand the specific circumstances of the accident to determine liability. You have to figure out whether there are extra coverages available because of the involvement of an Uber or Lyft driver.
When an Uber driver is at fault, you can file a personal injury claim against the driver. Uber’s insurance will typically come into play. If the accident was caused by a third party, you may pursue a claim against that individual or their insurance. If you were in the Uber vehicle at the time of the crash, then you may be able to bring a claim for your injuries regardless of who was at fault. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is advisable to navigate the specific details of your case.
In the event of a rideshare accident in South Florida, the following types of compensation may be recoverable:
- Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical bills resulting from injuries sustained in the accident.
- Property Damage: Compensation for damage to your vehicle or personal property.
- Lost Wages: Reimbursement for income lost due to time away from work caused by the accident.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical and emotional distress caused by the accident.
- Wrongful Death: In the tragic event of a fatal accident, surviving family members may pursue compensation for wrongful death.
Can You Sue for Damages?
While Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies have revolutionized transportation, accidents can happen, leading to questions about liability and compensation. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident in South Florida, seeking legal guidance is crucial. Weinstein & Cohen, with its extensive experience in personal injury law, stands ready to navigate the complexities of your case. We help you secure the compensation you deserve. Remember, understanding your rights is the first step toward justice in the aftermath of a rideshare accident.
For more information, visit fairnessforall.com or call our office directly in South Florida at 305-374-1011 or in Southwest Florida at 239-793-3331.