Auto accident claims involving rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft can quickly become complicated when it comes to determining liability. Rideshare companies provide an easy way to get from A to B, but what happens if you’re a paying passenger and an auto accident occurs, leaving you injured? What if you’re driving your car and get hit by an Uber or Lyft driver? Our experienced attorney in South Florida can help you navigate through the confusing process and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the physical, emotional and financial impact they’ve had on your quality of life.
If you’ve been in a rideshare accident, please contact our lawyer, Eric Canter, in Boca Raton today at 561-447-4500for a FREE case evaluation. Canter Law South Florida Injury Lawyers provide experienced legal services for injured clients in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach and surrounding Florida areas.
Liability in an Uber or Lyft Rideshare Accident
Uber and Lyft drivers aren’t technically employees. They are independent contractors who drive their own vehicles to pick up rideshare customers. Companies who partner with independent contractors usually can’t be held accountable for the actions of the individual or company, especially in the case of rideshare drivers because they aren’t driving a company car. This leaves the Uber or Lyft driver footing the bill for your injuries in most cases.
Sometimes, rideshare accidents happen when the independent contractor isn’t transporting a customer or is not “on the clock.” In that case, liability coverage would most likely fall to the driver’s insurance company. However, when the driver is actively picking up and dropping off paying passengers, the rideshare company is benefiting financially, and this causes the situation to become even more convoluted.
The court system recognizes rideshare accidents are an emerging problem. The law may change in the future and begin to hold rideshare companies liable for accidents caused by their driver’s negligence while they’re actively working for Uber or Lyft. For now, these companies have limited liability for injuries caused by a rideshare driver.
Uber and Lyft make sure their drivers have adequate auto insurance to cover the cost of rideshare accidents. Each company has their own policy on driver coverage. Uber adds to the driver’s current insurance to ensure coverage for passenger injuries and damages in amounts as large as $1 million.
If you were injured in a rideshare accident due to an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, you could be eligible for compensation for:
- Past, present and ongoing medical expenses
- Loss of income or lost wages
- Catastrophic injury
- Pain and suffering
- The wrongful death of a loved one
Schedule a Free Evaluation with an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
Uber and Lyft have become popular alternatives to traditional methods of transportation such as Taxis and buses, but accidents are bound to happen. You need an experienced attorney to handle your rideshare accident case. Eric Canter has more than two decades of experience with auto accident claims in South Florida and can help you recover damages for any number of injuries.
Schedule a FREE case evaluation with our lawyer in Boca Raton today at 561-447-4500. Canter Law South Florida Injury Lawyers provide legal counsel for clients throughout Florida including Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach.