The Tampa Uber accident lawyers and Lyft accident lawyers at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, can help you claim compensation if you’re hurt because of a rideshare accident. Even though rideshares are meant to provide safe transportation, Uber and Lyft accidents can injure customers and people in other vehicles. If you were the victim of an Uber accident or Lyft accident, you may deserve financial compensation.

Our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers can represent you to bring your claim and fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (813) 333-6666 to get started.

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What Is an Uber Accident Claim or Lyft Accident Claim?

An Uber/Lyft accident claim is a claim for monetary compensation. You may have a legal right to compensation based on the Florida laws that protect accident victims. A claim is a process of stating your right to payment and demanding that the responsible party pay. The purpose of an Uber/Lyft accident claim is to help an accident victim receive a fair amount when they’re injured by someone else’s poor driving.In some cases, you can negotiate your case directly with the insurance company. With the help of your attorney, you can demand compensation directly from Uber and Lyft through their driver guarantee policies, or from the responsible party’s car insurance. If the insurance company or the rideshare company refuses to pay you for the value of your case, you may bring a legal claim for compensation. You have the right to representation from an experienced Uber/Lyft accident lawyer.

Do I Have an Uber/Lyft Accident Claim?

Here are some circumstances where you may have an Uber or Lyft accident claim:

  • You are a passenger in an Uber vehicle and your driver is at fault for an accident
  • The other driver is at fault for the accident. The driver of your vehicle is not to blame, but you are still hurt in the accident
  • An accident occurs while you are entering or exiting an Uber or Lyft vehicle
  • You’re a driver or passenger in another vehicle, and the Uber driver is at fault for the accident
  • Either driver is drunk and you’re hurt as a result
  • Any party is responsible for negligent, reckless or intentional conduct that causes a crash

The Uber/Lyft driver might be the party at fault. Speeding, cutting across lanes of traffic, driving off before you’re settled in the vehicle or failing to obey traffic signals are just a few ways that your Uber/Lyft driver may cause an accident. As a commercial driver, the driving standards for a rideshare driver are higher than they are for the general population. Common Uber/Lyft accident claims are based on the rideshare driver being the one that causes the crash.

However, you might also have an Uber or Lyft accident claim when it’s another driver who is at fault. Legal standards of car accident liability apply when a rideshare driver hits you. When a crash occurs, you may have a case against the rideshare company, your rideshare driver or a driver in another vehicle. The exact path to pursue fair compensation depends on the cause of the accident and who is at fault.

What Can You Win in an Uber/Lyft Accident Claim?

In an Uber/Lyft accident claim, you may recover any of the following damages:

  • Costs for ambulance transportation
  • Emergency room costs, diagnostic expenses, emergency surgery
  • Follow-up doctor visits, physical therapy
  • Treatment for PTSD, anxiety, mental anguish
  • Medications, wheelchairs, crutches, scooters
  • Modifications to your home because of your injuries
  • Replacement payments if you are unable to work in the short term and long-term
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages

The value of an Uber/Lyft accident claim depends on your individual circumstances. To determine what you can win for your Uber/Lyft accident case, our legal team investigates and evaluates your damages. Financial losses are part of your claim. Intangible losses, like pain and suffering, are essential as well. An experienced attorney for Uber/Lyft accidents can fully evaluate what you stand to recover for your case.

How Can an Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer Help Me?

An Uber/Lyft accident lawyer can help you receive the most payment possible. They also handle the practical steps involved with the legal system. Here are some of the things your legal team assists you with during a rideshare accident claim:

  • Evaluating your case to determine who is legally liable and what parties are involved
  • Direct negotiations for payment and to resolve the case efficiently
  • Investigation to determine what your case is worth and how to prove your case
  • Filing court paperwork like a summons and complaint
  • Arguing motions and legal issues at court appearances
  • Mediation and direct case resolution efforts
  • Trial advocacy, jury selection, questioning witnesses, arguments
  • Collection of judgment
  • Pursuing the case in the most effective and efficient way possible
  • Giving you information about the legal system and the case process
  • Providing guidance and advice as you make decisions about the case

Our Uber/Lyft accident lawyers provide complete legal services. As attorneys, we’re advocates, legal practitioners and guides. We take care of the legal aspects of the case, but we also make sure that you’re comfortable with the claims process every step of the way.

Get answers from our Tampa rideshare car accident attorneys.

Rideshare services continue to grow in popularity. As more and more people use these services, the number of accidents involving them also continues to rise. When you’re hurt in a car accident involving rideshare vehicles, you need answers. Here are some Uber/Lyft accident FAQs.

What Happens if a Lyft Driver Gets in an Accident?

If a Lyft driver gets in an accident, you should take the following steps:

  1. Call the police. Both drivers should report the accident, but as the passenger, you should make sure that law enforcement investigates.
  2. Seek medical attention as appropriate
  3. Report the accident to Lyft. This can be done through the app or on their website.
  4. Make a claim for medical bills through your own personal injury protection insurance.
  5. Claim additional damages through Lyft’s insurance guarantee for drivers and the other driver’s insurance.

Does Lyft Cover You in an Accident in Tampa?

Yes, Lyft covers you in an accident in Tampa and anywhere else in Florida. First, you claim damages from your own no-fault insurance policy. However, if you have only the $10,000 minimum insurance amount, your no-fault insurance will probably not be enough. Fortunately, Florida law requires Lyft drivers to carry $1 million in liability insurance. This insurance applies anytime that the driver is actively giving someone a ride. The other driver’s insurance may cover you, too.

Can You Sue Lyft for an Accident in Tampa?

Yes, you can sue Lyft for an accident in Tampa. Drivers are responsible for accidents they cause. Lyft meets this obligation by providing $1 million in accident liability for their drivers. They also offer uninsured and underinsured coverage to the extent allowed by law. In addition to liability for their drivers’ behavior on the road, Lyft is also liable for an accident if they hire an unqualified driver. Florida law prohibits Lyft from employing a driver with a DUI conviction within five years or a suspended license within three years. Negligent hiring and retention is a way that you can sue Lyft for an accident.

Who Pays Your Medical Bills After a Lyft Accident?

Any of these sources may pay your medical bills after a Lyft accident:

  • Your own PIP no-fault insurance: No-fault insurance applies in Florida, but not all states require insurance.
  • Lyft insurance: Lyft provides at-fault insurance for their drivers up to $1 million.
  • The other driver’s insurance: Even when you are a rideshare passenger, no-fault exceptions and at-fault legal liability still apply to the other driver.
  • Your own uninsured/underinsured policy: This is unlikely to be needed since Lyft’s $1 million insurance policy guarantee covers the vast majority of accidents. However, it’s still available if other sources do not fully cover your losses.

What if Lyft Won’t Fairly Pay My Accident Claim?

If Lyft won’t fairly pay your accident claim, you may bring a legal action. Lyft may be a party to the claim, as well as the driver, the other driver and any other party that may have contributed to the accident. If a responsible party, including Lyft, won’t fairly pay your accident claim, you have recourse through the legal system. The courts may decide your payment through a judge or jury trial, or you may negotiate a settlement through formal legal action.

Is Uber Responsible for Accidents?

Yes, Uber is responsible for accidents that their drivers cause. They also provide uninsured and underinsured coverage in the event that they are not at fault for the accident, but the responsible driver doesn’t have the funds to pay a claim. If you’re in an accident while a passenger in an Uber vehicle, you may receive compensation from the company. You may also receive compensation if you’re a driver or passenger in another vehicle and you’re hurt in an accident where the Uber driver is at fault.

What Happens if You Get in an Accident With Uber?

If you get in an accident with Uber, here is what happens:

  1. The drivers should call law enforcement to report the accident.
  2. Make sure that 911 is called to request emergency medical responders, if necessary.
  3. Report the accident to Uber – Drivers, passengers and third parties may all make accident reports.
  4. Provide Uber evidence of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, property damages and pain and suffering.
  5. Uber reviews the claim and pays under their $1 million insurance guarantee.
  6. Your own personal no-fault insurance and the other driver may also be resources to pay for your losses when you’re in an Uber accident.
  7. Follow up with the responsible parties to ensure that they pay you fairly according to their insurance policies and applicable law. If they do not pay you appropriately, consider filing a legal claim for compensation.

Can You Sue Uber for an Accident in Tampa?

Yes, you can sue Uber for an accident in Tampa and anywhere else in Florida. Accident liability applies to Uber drivers just like it applies to other drivers on the road. When a driver causes an accident, Uber may be liable. Besides having traditional liability for accidents, Florida law also requires rideshare drivers to carry extra insurance for accidents. Uber drivers must have at least $1 million in coverage for death, bodily injury and property damage. This coverage applies during a ride. Plus, drivers must have a minimum of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for periods where they are logged into the app but not actively providing a ride. Driving violations and negligence is one reason for Uber accident liability. Another reason may be negligently allowing a driver to operate a vehicle with a history of poor driving. Allowing someone with a history of drunk driving, license suspension or a sexual offense history to drive may also result in legal liability.

Attorneys for Uber/Lyft Accidents in Tampa, FL

If you’ve been the victim of an Uber/Lyft accident in Tampa, FL, there is a good chance that you can claim compensation. Every case is different, so contact us today to talk about your case. Time deadlines may apply. Call us at (813) 333-6666 today for a free case evaluation to see what you may stand to recover.

What Sets Our Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers Apart?

At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys in Tampa, we put our clients first. Throughout the case, we are compassionate, enthusiastic legal advocates who give you and your case the time and attention that you deserve. We believe our decades of experience and ability to listen to our clients are the keys to success. It’s the goal of our Tampa car accident attorneys to fight for each and every client to receive maximum compensation for their case.

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Uber Accident Lawyers & Lyft Accident Lawyers Free Consultation

Our Uber/Lyft accident attorneys are accepting new cases. If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a rideshare driver, you have a limited amount of time to bring a claim for compensation. Let our Tampa Uber/Lyft accident lawyers examine your case and help you understand your rights.

We invite you to contact us for a no-obligation consultation of your case. Call us today at (813) 333-6666 to speak with one of our attorneys.

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For more than 40 years, personal injury lawyer Jack G. Bernstein has protected the rights of individuals who have been injured in a variety of circumstances. Throughout his career, Bernstein has been a strategist thoroughly dedicated to the idea of protecting the rights of his clients. Mr. Bernstein is a member of the Florida State Bar Association, the Hillsborough Bar Association and the Clearwater Bar Association.

Mr. Bernstein has the experience and expertise to handle a wide range of injury cases. Among the types of plaintiffs Mr. Bernstein represents are individuals involved in car accidents caused by drunk drivers or other exhibiting negligence, medical complications resulting from carelessness caused by a physician or a medical facility, including brain injury, bicycle, motorcycle, moped and truck accidents, admiralty law and cruise ship accidents, accidental drownings, all types of wrongful death lawsuits, along with most injury, catastrophic occurrences and legal malpractice issues.

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