Hallandale Beach Uber And Lyft Accident Lawyer
Rideshare services have become increasingly popular in Florida and Hallandale Beach. With a swipe on your smartphone app, you can have a ride just about anywhere. Riders enjoy the convenience and ease of the service. Uber and Lyft drivers benefit from making their own hours and enjoy a tremendous amount of flexibility while earning money.
Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft drivers are also involved in car accidents. Depending on what occurs, passengers, other drivers or pedestrians can be injured. I am Jared Newman, a Hallandale Beach Uber and Lyft accident attorney who understands the complexities of a personal injury claim involving a rideshare driver. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, contact my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., at 954-281-7709 to schedule a free appointment.
Common Causes Of Lyft And Uber Accidents In Hallandale Beach
Uber and Lyft drivers get into car accidents for many of the same reasons that other motorists throughout Hallandale beach do. However, the nature of the rideshare business increases the risk of some types of crashes.
Driving while distracted is one of the most common causes of car accidents. An Uber or Lyft driver relies on their phone app to secure riders and communicate with clients. They also will use their GPS to find both their passengers and their destinations. Every one of these tasks draws an Uber or Lyft driver’s attention away from the road.
The longer a rideshare driver is on the road, the more money they will likely make. Often, the best time to pick passengers up is late at night on Fridays or Saturdays. Because of this, many drivers are operating their vehicles for long hours and suffering from fatigue. A tired driver is a dangerous driver.
Protecting Passenger Rights In An Uber Or Lyft Accident In Florida
In most cases, if you are a passenger involved in a Lyft or Uber accident, you are covered. In Florida, both Uber and Lyft carry third-party insurance to protect passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. However, getting that coverage might take some time. The first hurdle to jump is that this additional coverage does not go into effect unless the driver’s insurance coverage is not sufficient enough to cover your claim. When you are in an accident, the first potential liable party is the at-fault driver. In some cases, this is your Uber or Lyft driver.
The amount of coverage that Lyft and Uber carry depends on what the driver is doing at the time of the accident. All parties are covered by $1 million of liability insurance when a driver is either transporting a rider or is on their way to pick one up. When a driver is logged into their app but has not yet accepted a trip, the coverage is significantly lower. As your attorney, I will review the type of coverage available.
Proving Liability In An Uber Or Lyft Accident
Just like in any other car accident in Halladale Beach, to recover in a personal injury claim, you must demonstrate that another party’s negligence caused your injury. In the case of an Uber or Lyft driver, you will have to establish that the driver owed you a duty of care, the duty was breached, their conduct caused your injury and you suffered damages.
In most situations, a Lyft or Uber driver has a duty to operate their vehicle in such a way as to not harm their passengers, other drivers or pedestrians. When a driver fails to comply with traffic laws, drives distracted or otherwise acts recklessly or carelessly, their conduct could constitute a breach of their duty. When that conduct causes an accident or injury, they could be held liable. The final box necessary to check is “damages.” To establish negligence in a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must have suffered harm, such as lost wages, required medical care or emotional distress.
Proving each of these elements of negligence requires evidence. One piece of valuable evidence available to our experienced Hallandale car accident attorney in a rideshare case is the GPS and electronic records stored on the driver’s app. Additionally, many Lyft and Uber drivers have a dashcam or possibly a camera inside the vehicle. These electronic and video records are critical pieces of evidence and should be preserved by the driver and the company. While this evidence should be saved, as soon as you contact Jared Newman, Esq., I will contact the appropriate rideshare company and demand that all records be preserved and available.
In addition to these electronic records, other evidence necessary to prevail in a personal injury case includes medical documentation, police reports, photographs of the accident site and witness testimony. Our office will thoroughly investigate the accident and work to gather evidence. If you are involved in an accident and are physically able to do so, you can help your case early on by collecting contact information for any available witnesses and taking tons of pictures of the scene on your cellphone. In many cases, the best evidence is available immediately following the crash.
If You Were In An Uber Or Lyft Accident In Hallandale Beach, I Can Help
Many people rely on rideshares to get around Hallandale Beach. An Uber or Lyft ride could provide a safer alternative than driving home after a night out. However, rideshare drivers also get into crashes. If you were injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, contact me immediately. Call Jared Newman, Esq., at 954-281-7709 to schedule a free appointment with me and discuss your case.