West Palm Beach Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Top Rated Car Accident Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Accidents Involving Uber or Lyft in West Palm Beach
Uber and Lyft are becoming more common with the increased prevalence of smartphone use and newly appreciated convenience of these ride-sharing services, but Uber and Lyft are especially popular in West Palm Beach because of our thriving tourism industry. For many, Uber and Lyft are significantly more convenient than renting a car or calling a traditional taxi, so the supply in our South Florida communities has logically increased to keep up with demand.
While we can all appreciate the convenience of ride-sharing services, it is also now becoming clear that Uber and Lyft car accidents present complications that are new and unfamiliar to many accident victims. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our commitment to the West Palm Beach community also involves staying current with newly emerging laws and regulations, so we understand how traditional insurance laws have evolved to account for Uber and Lyft. If you have sustained injuries in an accident involving Uber, Lyft or another ride-sharing service, contact our office today so that we can advocate on your behalf to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries.
Florida’s New Uber, Lyft and Ride-Sharing Service Law
Unsurprisingly, the rise in popularity of Uber and Lyft services has also sparked new Florida legislation designed to protect the safety of Florida residents and tourists who rely upon Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services for transportation in West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida. First, the law requires that Uber or Lyft drivers undergo background checks that explore whether the individual is fit to be a driver in a ride-sharing service, including whether the person has:
- Been involved in a hit-and-run accident in the previous five years
- Been arrested on DUI or DWI charges in the previous five years
- Any convictions for driving with a suspended license in the previous three years
- A valid driver’s license and motor vehicle registration
- Any prior convictions for sex offenses that imposed registration requirements
If the background check uncovers any of these issues in the driver’s history, that driver will be ineligible to drive for Uber or Lyft. The new law also created an insurance scheme separate from Florida’s typical no-fault insurance law, which requires that:
- Uber or Lyft vehicles carrying a passenger have at least $1 million in coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and death
- Uber or Lyft vehicles looking for a passenger (but empty at the time of the accident) have at least $50,000 in coverage for bodily injury or death per person, $100,000 in coverage for bodily injury or death per accident and $25,000 in property damage coverage
When the Uber or Lyft driver is not carrying a passenger and does not have the ride-sharing app turned on, his or her personal car insurance policy will apply.
We Fight for Compensatory Damages for Accident Victims Injured in Cases Involving Uber or Lyft
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we not only evaluate which insurance policy or responsible party may be held responsible for paying compensatory damages in your case, but we fight to make sure that your compensation package is comprehensive enough to help you through your full recovery after an Uber or Lyft accident. Compensation to which you may be entitled includes:
- Hospital expenses
- Follow-up medical care and prescription drug costs
- Rehabilitative care
- Current and future lost wages or lost salary
- Employment benefits and bonuses
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Our lawyers have experience representing clients who have suffered a range of injuries in car accidents, including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Severe burns and scarring
- Wrongful death
Your First Consultation is Free, So Contact Our Attorneys to Discuss Your Uber or Lyft Case Today
Uber and Lyft are still relatively new to the communities of South Florida, so you will likely have questions about how to pursue a claim for compensation if you sustained injuries in an accident involving one of these ride-sharing services. Our experienced car accident lawyers provide a free initial consultation to all of our West Palm Beach clients, so call our offices today, or fill out this brief online contact form and we will get back to you promptly.
About West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach is located in Palm Beach County, Florida, about 68 miles north of downtown Miami. As of 2017, West Palm Beach was home to about 110,222 residents and is a part of the much larger Miami metropolitan area, with a total population of over 6 million. This population does not even account for the booming tourist industry in West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida, and in winter months, the area is inundated with residents escaping colder northern temperatures. This tourist industry fuels the area economy, including ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft in our South Florida communities. Learn more about our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About West Palm Beach Uber, Lyft and Ride-Sharing Accidents
The Uber or Lyft insurance coverage requirements apply in any case where an Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing vehicle was involved. You do not have to be a passenger in the ride-sharing vehicle for ride-sharing new insurance law to kick in. If the Uber or Lyft driver was carrying a passenger, the $1 million in coverage will be available.
Florida’s no-fault law still requires that your own insurance policy first apply. All Florida drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. The unfortunate fact is that many injuries will generate costs that far exceed this coverage amount, and many Uber or Lyft passengers may not own a vehicle or have car insurance of their own. This is where the Uber or Lyft insurance policy can kick in to pay for the excess damages.