In today’s world, rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber have become the norm. As it stands, Uber has approximately 91 million active users throughout the United States, with Lyft having about 30 million riders across the country. It’s no surprise that Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations throughout the country. With our beautiful temperatures, pristine beaches and popular theme park attractions, Florida is the epicenter of vacations. In fact, Florida saw 63 million visitors in 2019. While the current Coronavirus pandemic may have slowed down visitation for the time being, the popularity of the Sunshine State remains intact.
This is a huge reason as to why popular rideshare services are so prevalent in Florida. A report from Uber itself showed that about “14.5 percent of Uber trips in Florida are taken by out-of-state visitors.” Rideshare services have shown to be a cost-effective source of transportation, which is primarily why so many out-of-state tourists opt to use them. They enable people to get to and from multiple destinations without having to worry about renting a car, which require individuals to be at least 21-years old, with those under 25 being subjected to a surcharge called a “young rental fee.”
So what happens if you’re a passenger in one of these vehicles and get into an accident? What if you’re an out-of-state visitor? What if you were a Florida local who was injured in an accident with a rideshare driver? Learn more about what your options are below.
Can You Sue an Uber or Lyft Driver?
First and foremost, can you sue an Uber or Lyft driver if they got into an accident while you were a passenger? The short answer: it depends. All drivers in Florida are required by law to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection and property damage liability coverage. If you are involved in an accident while riding in a rideshare vehicle, you may be able to sue the rideshare company themselves. Uber, for example, carries $1 million liability insurance coverage. So if your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury” standard, you may be able to file a claim against the company. Injuries that meet this “serious injury” standard must exceed $10,000 in damages and include:
- A significant or permanent loss of bodily function
- A significant or permanent disfigurement and/or scarring
- A permanent injury
There are certain elements that must be present when it comes to being able to file a claim against Uber themselves. For example, if you were injured in an accident and the Uber driver was not available to accept riders and therefore using their vehicle for personal use, you could file a claim with their insurance company or sue for damages, if you qualify. If you were injured in an accident and the Uber driver was logged on but without passengers, you may be able to pursue a claim with Uber depending on the severity of your injuries and the driver’s personal liability coverage.
What if I’m an Out-of-State Visitor?
If you were visiting from out of state when your Uber or Lyft accident occurred, your case is going to be much more complex. It’s important to contact the rideshare company as well as get in contact with a personal injury lawyer who can help advocate for your rights on your behalf.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Rideshare Accident Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain a serious injury as a result of an Uber or Lyft accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients who have been injured in Uber and Lyft accidents in Broward, Dade, Palm Beach Counties, and throughout Florida. Call 954-525-2345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach and Plantation.
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