Trusted Fort Lauderdale Rideshare Accident Attorneys Advise Injured Clients
Accomplished Florida law firm represents victims of Uber and Lyft crashes
Whether you were a passenger of an Uber or Lyft driver or were a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian hurt in a rideshare vehicle collision, obtaining compensation for your injuries can be complicated and challenging. The experienced attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida help people injured in rideshare accidents pursue insurance and legal claims against drivers and other responsible parties. Our legal team will take the best route to getting the money you need to cover your accident damages.
Skilled lawyers help establish who is at fault for a rideshare vehicle accidents
Rideshare accidents may be caused by drivers who eat at the wheel, text, speak on the phone, disobey traffic laws or otherwise drive carelessly. Both Uber and Lyft maintain liability insurance policies to cover their drivers when accidents occur. The following situations may arise:
- On-duty driver without a passenger — A driver who is signed into the Uber or Lyft app but has not yet accepted a ride is covered by third-party liability insurance from the rideshare company. Such a policy typically covers up to $50,000 in bodily injury per person, up to $100,000 in bodily injury per accident and up to $25,000 for property damage.
- Driver completing a trip — When an Uber or Lyft vehicle is carrying a rider or is on the way to pick one up, the driver is covered by a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy. The policy can be used to pay the costs of bodily injury and property damage resulting from an accident. Each driver is also covered by insurance that can help pay for passenger injuries if another driver is at fault.
- Off-duty driver — If the driver is not signed into a rideshare app, his or her personal liability insurance policy may cover an accident victim’s damages unless the policy excludes coverage for accidents that occur while the vehicle is being used as a commercial conveyance.
Under Florida’s no-fault insurance system, a person who suffers minor injuries from a rideshare accident initially seeks compensation for medical expenses from their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy, regardless of who caused the accident. However, for serious injuries, the victim may pursue claims against other parties allegedly at fault.
In a rideshare accident, fault may be assigned to the Uber or Lyft driver, another person on the road or any combination of these. Under Florida’s comparative negligence system, an injured person who contributed to causing the accident will have their total damages reduced by their own percentage of fault.
Our seasoned attorneys understand the complexities of proving liability for Florida vehicle accidents and are prepared to help.
Experienced Florida personal injury lawyers pursue compensation
Florida drivers are not required to purchase bodily injury liability insurance, so an off-duty rideshare driver determined to be at-fault for an accident may not have coverage to pay for the victim’s expenses. In other cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance policy may be too small to cover the full costs of the accident. When this occurs, a personal injury lawsuit may be the victim’s only way to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages, such as pain and suffering.
Our firm gathers evidence to demonstrate driver liability and meticulously documents accident costs so that we can pursue the entire amount of compensation our clients deserve. We are assertive and persistent during insurance claim negotiations and settlement discussions.
Contact respected Fort Lauderdale rideshare accident attorneys for a free consultation
If you are injured in a rideshare accident in or around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can help you seek compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation, call (954) 463-0585 or contact us online.