Florida Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Ride-share companies have also made their way into Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties as perhaps Broward County soon. Popular ride-share companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar offer South Florida residents and tourists a cost-efficient and convenient alternative to taxi services by connecting passengers with private drivers to pick them up and deliver them to their desired locations. However, while these ride-share companies have become extremely popular, more and more stories are coming about on how these companies are leaving riders in unknowingly dangerous situations.
For example, Uber, Lyft and Sidecar can circumvent the regulations that transportation and taxi companies are governed by. These pose risks if you’re injured in a ride-share accident because the driver’s personal insurance may not compensate you for your injuries. Many auto insurance carriers don’t cover accident claims if the individual was involved in a for-profit activity, like picking up passengers for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.
Additionally, since the ride-share industry is unregulated, many companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are may not carry enough insurance when it comes to an accident. These companies have claimed that they are not transportation companies, but rather tech companies that put consumers in touch with a driver and may not have the insurance coverage to cover medical expenses or loss of income you experience from your ride-share accident injuries.
Whether involved in a taxi accident or a ride-share accident, you need to protect yourself. While taxi companies carry adequate insurance, many times they are not on your side. Make sure your taxi and ride-share attorney has experience to provide you or a loved one with the compensation you deserve from a ride-share accident.
As far as taxis, with South Florida being a popular tourist destination taxi companies are prevalent to shuttle tourists to different South Florida locals, from the Fort Lauderdale beach to Las Olas, Boca Raton to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, cruise ports and more. Taxi’s are a beneficial way for tourists and South Floridians to get around. However, taxi accidents can and do occur. While relatively safe, taxi accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, for example:
- taxi is struck by another vehicle
- taxi driver is fatigued
- negligent or driving recklessly by the taxi driver
- taxi driver is driving distractedly
- failure to see a pedestrian or cyclist
Injuries sustained in a taxi accident can vary depending on if you are wearing a seat belt. Typically, most passengers involved in a taxi accident sustain whiplash injuries, head and neck injuries, scarring and lacerations, bruising, bone fractures, face injuries and more.
Regardless of the circumstances that surround the Uber or Lyft accident, make sure you have an attorney that will represent your claim and get you the compensation for your accident injuries.