Boca Raton Lyft And Uber Accidents
You likely have an inkling of what to do after you get into a car accident with another driver, but do you know what should be done if you are hurt by a Lyft or Uber driver, as either another motorist or a Lyft or Uber passenger? Solving the issue could be an uphill battle if you do not decide to team up with Shiner Law Group and our personal injury attorneys. With more than 15 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases and managing auto accident claims, we are confident that we can help you determine liability and file a proper case against the right person or entity.
What Causes Lyft and Uber Auto Accidents?
The first step in sorting out any car accident claim is knowing what the cause of the collision was. Ultimately, this knowledge will help you pinpoint liability and hold someone accountable for your damages. Lyft and Uber drivers are in a unique position compared to most other motorists; one in which they must maintain full control of their vehicle, drive defensively, and occasionally converse with their passengers. Only the best drivers can handle the job safely, and the rest can cause an accident without warning.
A Lyft or Uber driver could Engage in any of the following behaviors, increasing the odds of an accident:
- Texting and Driving
- Calibrating GPS Systems
- Drunk Driving
- Talking to Passengers
- Reckless Driving
- Breaking the Speed Limit
- Unfamiliarity with the Streets
Do You Sue Your Lyft or Uber Driver or Not?
Lyft and Uber, which are ridesharing services managed by a smartphone application, seem like hands-off companies. On the surface, Lyft and Uber appear to be distant from their drivers, allowing them to accept jobs and complete routes using only their own discretion. Following a car accident, however, Lyft and Uber may be much more involved than first thought.
When involved in an auto accident, you may need to sue the other driver or their insurance company. However, whenever there is an incident of driver error, aggression, or general lack of safety, involving a Lyft or Uber driver –whether you are their passenger or in another vehicle – the respective ridesharing company should also be made aware of the problem. Although Uber and Lyft generally disclaim liability for any injuries that may occur to passengers, if they allow anyone to become a Lyft or Uber driver, and even encourage them to rideshare despite a history of reckless driving, the company itself could be partially liable for any damages that driver causes. Thus, before you make a claim against the Uber or Lyft driver that either struck you or hurt you while you were riding in their car, talk to your attorney about determining if Lyft or Uber could also be to blame.
Another potential problem could be that the Uber or Lyft driver’s insurance company may not provide coverage for an accident that occurs while the vehicle is being operated by a Lyft or Uber driver on route with a passenger who hired the driver. Shiner Law Group’s experienced Uber and Lyft auto accident attorneys can help you determine your rights and build the best case possible against all parties who contributed in causing your injuries.
Shiner Law Group and our Uber and Lyft car accident lawyers are renowned for their fighting spirit. We do not hesitate to go up against any opposition if it means doing all we can for our clients. After you are injured in a Lyft or Uber related accident in Florida, turn to us for tenacious, intelligent, and responsive legal counsel that takes the fight to the liable party’s doorstep. Your case evaluation is free so do not hesitate to learn your options and what our team of attorneys can do for you. We also have 24/7 availability.