Tampa Uber and Lyft Ride Share Accident Lawyer
Since the foundation of the rideshare company Uber in 2009, this mode of transportation has blossomed into one of the most popular and successful industries in the country. The thriving metropolitan region of Tampa Bay is a rideshare hotspot, with thousands of drivers and riders. Unfortunately, ridesharing isn’t always the safest way to get around. When the worst happens, you need an experienced Uber and Lyft accident attorney on your side.
Bulluck Law Group has been around since the very beginning of ridesharing in Tampa. We have plenty of experience handling these types of claims, which are often complex since the laws are relatively new. Whether you’re a rideshare driver, passenger, or injured third party (such as a pedestrian), we can help you fight for fair compensation. Call us at (813) 988-7800 to schedule your free consultation with a Tampa Uber and lyft Ride Share Accident Lawyer
What Should I Do If a Family Member or I Get in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Get immediate legal help after sustaining any type of injury in an Uber or Lyft accident. As a passenger, the odds are high that someone else is legally responsible for causing your injury, giving you the chance to seek financial recovery through the rideshare company’s insurer. The sooner you contact us, the better your chances of protecting your rights as a crash victim. Here are the basic steps to take after a rideshare accident:
- Call 911 and get medical help. If you or someone else appears injured, call the police and report the accident. The same is true if the crash looks like it caused more than $1,000 in property damage. Request an ambulance if necessary. The police will make a formal report that you can later use as a record of the Uber/Lyft accident.
- Don’t admit fault. As an Uber or Lyft driver, never apologize for the accident, admit you were at fault, or otherwise say something incriminating. Instead, let police and investigators work out who might be at fault. As a passenger, you don’t have to worry about fault as much.
- Gather information. Write down the name of the rideshare driver and company, the makes and models of the vehicles involved, license plate numbers, and insurance information. Take photos and find out if there are any witnesses. If you can’t gather information on your own, contact our lawyers to do this job for you. Our team of investigators can help.
Uber or Lyft drivers and riders should contact the rideshare company immediately after an accident. Both apps have instructions for how to report a crash. Before you speak to the company’s insurer, however, talk to our attorneys. We can help you learn what to say to protect your rights during insurance settlement negotiations. You may have more rights than you realize. Don’t let a greedy insurance company take advantage of you to make a profit. Protect your future with our assistance.
Who Is Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that in most car accidents, the victims will seek initial recovery through their own insurance companies, regardless of who was at fault. You might need to determine fault, however, if you wish to file a claim outside of the no-fault insurance system. You can file a personal injury claim if your injuries are serious or debilitating enough. Unfortunately, proving fault for a rideshare accident isn’t always easy.
Both Uber and Lyft maintain $1 million insurance policies to cover injuries and losses of their passengers (and drivers in certain situations). However, rideshare drivers are technically independent contractors, not employees. This fact can limit victims’ recovery outlets to only the individual driver instead of the rideshare company. Lyft and Uber drivers must legally have personal insurance policies to operate their vehicles. You might be able to seek recovery from the driver’s insurer, the company’s insurer, your own insurance company, or a combination.
What If an Uber or Lyft Driver Struck My Vehicle?
In the event of a collision between your vehicle and an Uber/Lyft driver’s vehicle, your options for recovery can vary. Again, due to Florida’s no-fault rules, your first claim will generally be with your own insurer. Only if the crash causes serious injuries can you seek recovery outside of this system. If the driver was off-duty at the time of the accident and signed out of the app, you will seek recovery through his/her personal insurer.
If the driver was on the clock with Uber or Lyft or transporting passengers, the rideshare company might be liable for your damages. At Bulluck Law Group, our investigators will look into your accident to see if the driver was working at the time or just driving for personal use. Either way, we can handle your case. Do not try to prove fault or recover damages on your own.
Rideshare accidents in Tampa can quickly escalate into complex, multi-faceted personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. You must navigate all applicable federal and state rideshare laws, as well as the issue of liability across multiple parties. The best way to protect your rights after such a crash is to retain an experienced Uber/Lyft accident attorney in Tampa.
How Do Rideshare Accidents Differ from Other Accidents?
Accidents involving rideshare vehicles will not abide by the same rules or processes as the common car accident – nor are they the same as crashes involving taxis. While taxicab companies perform background checks, interviews, and other methods to ensure safe drivers, Uber and Lyft have no such requirements for drivers. Rideshare drivers have to undergo background checks, but only from the past seven years. They do not have to go through fingerprinting in Florida.
Unlike commercial bus or truck drivers, Uber/Lyft drivers do not need commercial driver’s licenses. Rideshare cars are not common carriers. They do not undergo special or extra training before transporting passengers. In fact, Uber and Lyft never even meet their drivers before letting them pick up passengers. Notoriously lax rideshare driver hiring rules have led to the industry coming under fire for a long list of incidents involving negligent or criminal drivers.
What Damages Can I Recover After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
After a rideshare crash, Florida law may entitle you to financial recovery for your necessary medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering relating to your car accident. If the at-fault driver is guilty of criminal recklessness, such as drunk driving, you might also be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages go beyond the costs of the accident, providing additional compensation to punish the driver for breaking the law.
The legal team at Bulluck Law Group will work day and night to make sure a rideshare insurance company or another defendant pays what you deserve. Whether your injuries were minor or life-threatening, your case can benefit from legal attention. We’ll help with every aspect of financial recovery, from finding a trusted physician and relieving medical debt to helping you fix your vehicle.
How Can a Rideshare Accident Attorney Help?
Without a trusted personal injury attorney representing you during insurance settlement negotiations, you will be at the mercy of a large, multimillion-dollar company. Uber and Lyft’s insurers do not really care about your future. They care about the company’s bottom line. This can equal unfair delays in payments and extremely low settlement offers. Only with help from an attorney can you ensure you get the most possible compensation for your claim.
Our experienced attorneys can prevent you from accidentally delaying your claim or hurting your odds of compensation through common mistakes, such as saying the wrong thing to an insurance company. The company might also look at your case in a different light once they know you have legal representation. You can level the playing field and even take your claim to trial if necessary for fair compensation.
You only have one chance to get the financial recovery you deserve after an Uber or Lyft accident in Tampa. Let the accident attorneys at Bulluck Law Group help. Call (813) 988-7800 any time to talk to experienced personal injury lawyers. Request your free case evaluation today.