Lyft Car Accidents
Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the way people in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other area of South Florida get around. Rather than depending on taxi services or unpredictable public transportation options, ridesharing companies have made affordable transportation easy and reliable. As the ridesharing market grows our law firm has seen the number of serious and catastrophic accident claims rise too. At Gerson & Schwartz, PA our lawyers have over 50 years’ experience representing clients seriously injured in a number of auto, car and motor vehicle accident scenario. Our Miami Lyft accident attorneys have the experience injured client’s need from trial through appellate proceedings. We know what to do.
The increase in Lyft vehicles on the road means that there are more opportunities for riders to be injured in a Lyft vehicle. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding in a Lyft car, contact one of our Lyft car accident attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. today for a free consultation.
Common Lyft accident claims our lawyers have experience with include:
- Rear End Collisions
- Failure to Yield Accidents
- Side Impact Collisions
- Head on Collisions
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Claims
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Taxi Cab Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Roll Over Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
Additionally, passengers in rideshare vehicles aren’t the only ones who may be injured by a Lyft driver. Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers on the road may be injured by an inattentive Lyft driver.What Kind of Injuries Happen With Lyft Vehicles?
While Uber may own most of the market share, Lyft is quickly gaining in popularity. After a string of embarrassing public scandals at Uber, Lyft ridership has surged across Miami and the rest of the country. Many ridesharing drivers are also switching to Lyft as a more profitable option; the company takes less money from drivers and allows riders to tip for excellent service.
Like any automobile, Lyft vehicles are susceptible to auto accidents. However, car accident injuries are not the only type of harm that may befall a Lyft passenger. Passengers in rideshare vehicles around the country have reported other types of incidents, including: battery, assaults, even rape or sexual assault.Does Insurance Cover Lyft Accidents?
Whether an accident is the fault of the Lyft driver or the fault of another motorist on the road, Lyft drivers are required to carry some insurance which may cover a passenger in case of an accident or injury.
In 2017, Florida passed a law requiring Lyft drivers to carry insurance for their passengers. The new law mandates that all rideshare drivers carry policies which cover at least $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injury or death. Additionally, drivers must also have a minimum of $25,000 in coverage for property damage. These amounts are in addition to any personal auto or health insurance coverage carried by the passenger.
Unfortunately, these minimums will not be enough to cover every type of injury or accident. When a Lyft driver is underinsured for the type of accident, there is no guarantee that an injured person will receive full compensation.
Because Lyft drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, it is very difficult to successfully sue the parent company after an injury. Instead, accident victims are often left to sort out a complicated mess of insurance policies which are often best handled by an experienced rideshare accident attorney.What to do After a Lyft Accident
If you were injured in an accident with a Lyft driver, it is important to seek out knowledgeable legal help as soon as possible. A skilled Lyft accident lawyer in Miami can review your claim and pursue all possible sources of recovery, like the driver’s insurance, your personal insurance, the company’s overall insurance policy, or the driver’s personal assets.
After an injury, you have more important things to worry about than sifting through pages of insurance policies. Contact Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. today by calling (305) 371-6000 or (877) 475-2905 and let us help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.