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Coral Springs Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers 

Personal Injury Law Firm Provides Expertise In Handling Uber And Lyft Accident Claims In Coral Springs

Most people hop into an Uber or Lyft without ever giving a thought as to what would happen if they are in an accident. Uber and Lyft provide an easy, effective way to get from one place to another and many riders think that — if there should be an accident — it is really no different than being in an accident in your own car. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Filing accident claims against an Uber or Lyft driver is far more complicated and time-consuming and often doesn’t end with a positive result.

Let us help. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we are recognized for our success in recovering full and fair compensation for Uber and Lyft accident victims. Our firm specializes in personal injury law, with demonstrated expertise in handling Uber and Lyft car accident claims in Coral Springs and throughout South Florida. 

Coral Springs Uber And Lyft Accident Claims Are Different Than Standard Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be wondering why that is any different than being in a standard motor vehicle accident. There are several reasons why rideshare accident claims are different from regular car accident claims, beginning with the relationship between the driver and the rideshare service. 

For starters, Uber and Lyft drivers are not employees of the company. Uber and Lyft do not hire their drivers, nor do they own the drivers’ vehicles. Drivers of Uber and Lyft are independent contractors and, as such, do not have the same protections that would be afforded an employee of the company.

If you are in a car accident with an Uber or Lyft, and the rideshare driver is responsible for the accident, you must first file a claim against the Uber or Lyft driver’s personal car insurance policy. But if the driver is working at the time of the accident, then their insurance policy will deny the claim because personal car insurance policies specify that coverage is only provided when the vehicle is being operated for personal use. 

Both Uber and Lyft do provide insurance coverage, but it varies depending upon the accident’s circumstances and may not apply to your accident. To illustrate this, the following are three Uber or Lyft accident scenarios:

  • Scenario A:

While you are driving, you have an accident with an Uber or Lyft. The rideshare driver is not transporting a passenger at the time of the accident. Insurance coverage provided by Uber or Lyft varies depending upon when the accident took place, and because the rideshare driver was not logged into the rideshare app at the time of the accident, Uber and Lyft do not provide any coverage. You must file a personal injury claim against the Uber or Lyft driver’s personal car insurance policy, which may not cover the extent of your injuries. 

  • Scenario B:

While you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, the vehicle gets into an accident with an uninsured driver and you are injured. You file a claim against Uber or Lyft for damages. The rideshare company reviews your claim but determines that the contingency clause on car accidents and liability coverage does not apply in this situation. So you will be responsible for the cost of medical treatment for your injuries.

  • Scenario C:

While you are driving, you have an accident with an Uber or Lyft at the same time they are transporting a passenger. You must file accident claims against three different parties: your car insurance company, the Uber or Lyft driver’s personal car insurance company, and the Uber or Lyft corporate insurance company. Working with three different insurance adjusters, you must negotiate three different settlements.

Lawlor, White & Murphey Holds At-Fault Parties Accountable For Uber And Lyft Accidents

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we firmly believe in holding at-fault parties accountable for their actions. So if you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident that was someone else’s fault, we’ve got your back.

Our skilled personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling claims for Uber and Lyft accidents, successfully recovering full and just compensation for our clients. We offer a free case evaluation to accident victims so that you can make the most informed decision regarding your Uber or Lyft accident claim. Schedule your free consultation today.

About Coral Springs, Florida 

Coral Springs, Florida is a family-friendly community located in Broward County, approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Residents are drawn to the area due to its close proximity to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, which provides numerous opportunities for employment with a convenient commute. Southern Florida’s warmer temperatures draw a large number of tourists to Coral Springs in both the winter and spring; visitors often utilize the services of Uber and Lyft, and this increase in rideshare use contributes to an increased number of accidents in the region. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Uber And Lyft Accidents In Coral Springs, Florida

FAQ: What should I do if I have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident?

The steps you take after a car accident are very important. First, report the accident to the police. Next, seek medical attention for your injuries. Third, collect the contact information from the Uber or Lyft driver, any passengers in the vehicle, and any witnesses to the accident. Use your phone’s camera to video the scene of the accident and to take photographs. This includes photos of the vehicles, road conditions, traffic signs as well as photos of your physical injuries.

FAQ: What are common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents in Florida?

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents. This is largely because these rideshare drivers must use cell phones to access the rideshare app, locate passengers, and navigate to the destinations. Other common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents include driving over the speed limit, driver inexperience, and driving while fatigued.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.

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Vivian B.

John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!

Lisa

John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

Iskra D.

I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.

Anonymous

I summarize my experience with Anthony with the words honesty, professionalism, efficiency and care. Thank you so much.

Jaime H.

This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.

Anonymous

Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.

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$1.7million

Settlement/

Motor Vehicle Accident

$2.0million

Settlement/

Medical Malpractice

$3.0million

Recovery/

Slip & Fall Injury

$1.2million

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Medical Malpractice

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