Hialeah, Florida, Uber And Lyft Accident Lawyer
Uber and Lyft are a necessary part of many peoples’ commute, weekend travel or even weekly grocery shopping. Any time we get behind the wheel of a car as a driver, we have at least some control over our own safety. As a passenger, we rely on the Uber or Lyft driver’s driving ability and the safety of other drivers on the road. For many, this means facing severe injuries in Uber and Lyft accidents.
After being injured in an accident, you may need to seek medical care, you may miss work and you may face severe mental and emotional distress. These damages and more can be compensated in a lawsuit, but suing Uber or Lyft for a driver’s mistakes is often difficult or impossible. Still, there are ways to get compensation for your injuries after these kinds of serious accidents.
For help with your Uber or Lyft accident case, call me, Jared Newman, a Hialeah Uber and Lyft accident lawyer. At my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., I can help explain your options and fight to get you the compensation you need. For a free case consultation, contact me at 954-281-7709.
What To Do After An Uber Or Lyft Accident In Hialeah
If you are in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver in Hialeah, there are a few things you should do. Note that this covers what you should do whether you were a passenger in the Uber/Lyft or whether you were in another car. It also covers what you should do if you were hit while riding a bike or walking.
General Car Accident Next Steps
After a car accident, there are several things you should do, regardless of whether an Uber or Lyft driver was involved. First, call 911 and get police and ambulance services. The police will be able to create a police report, which will help you later. Ambulances can help get anyone who needs it immediate first aid or medical treatment.
Next, if you are well enough to stay at the scene, start gathering information about the crash. This means getting the names and contact info for anyone involved as well as any witnesses. Get the insurance info for all drivers and write down the make and model of all cars involved. Other details, such as notes on weather conditions and the location of tire tracks, street signs, lights and other features, are also vital.
Uber And Lyft Accident Next Steps
After an Uber or Lyft accident, you should also get specific information. First, get the rideshare driver’s name and contact info. Second, get the Uber or Lyft driver’s insurance information. This will include two pieces of insurance info: the driver’s personal insurance and the Uber or Lyft policy under which they are covered. I will discuss more details on the difference between these two plans in a moment. Third, you should also get the contact information for any Uber or Lyft representatives that you might need to contact.
Typically, Uber and Lyft will have response teams that will either come to the scene of the accident or call you later to discuss your next steps. Keep in mind that they work for these companies and not for you. Do not give them any statements without checking with a lawyer first.
Getting Compensation For Uber And Lyft Accidents In Florida
Many injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians want to sue Uber or Lyft after an accident involving one of their drivers. This usually cannot happen for two reasons. First, Florida uses no-fault insurance rules that often require you to file through insurance instead of suing unless you meet certain requirements. Second, Uber and Lyft technically hire drivers as independent contractors, which helps the companies avoid liability for their drivers’ mistakes. This means that you usually cannot sue Uber or Lyft for compensation. However, their insurance policies typically cover the crash.
Uber and Lyft drivers are required to carry their own insurance, but both rideshare companies provide extra insurance in two situations. If the driver is on duty with the app open, Uber or Lyft’s supplemental insurance policy will help cover the crash when the driver’s individual rideshare insurance policy is not enough. If the driver has a passenger in their car, then Uber and Lyft each have $1 million policies that will cover the accident. That means that if you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, the highest insurance should always be in effect. If you were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who had a passenger, the high insurance policy should also cover your crash.
Even though there might be an insurance policy that can cover the crash, you should still talk to an attorney. Often, insurance companies seek to deny that their driver was at fault. They also seek to negotiate low settlements and avoid paying high damages for crashes. You may need the help of a Hialeah Uber and Lyft accident lawyer to get the damages you need after a serious crash.
Damages In Hialeah Uber And Lyft Accidents
When you seek compensation for car accident injuries, you should be entitled to any damages caused by the crash. This can include compensation for medical costs and hospital bills as well as compensation for lost wages at work and pain and suffering caused by the crash.
Talk to me about what damages you can claim. Damages can be paid for many surprising things.
Call Jared Newman, Esq.
Uber and Lyft accidents can often lead to financial compensation for the victim and their family. To get help with your claim, contact me at Jared Newman, Esq. by calling 954-281-7709 today.