Ridesharing services have quickly grown in popularity in recent years. While they are convenient, this sudden increase in the number of ridesharing vehicles on the roads in Florida has led to ridesharing companies potentially hiring drivers who are poorly trained or careless, possibly leading to mistakes behind the wheel.
An injury accident involving a ridesharing driver and company is a far different case than a typical vehicle accident. After an injury accident involving a driver for Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare company, you may find yourself in contact with multiple insurers or lawyers. It can become overwhelming, especially while you are trying to heal.
Consider contacting Distasio Law Firm. Our team knows how to help victims in accidents like this pursue compensation. As a Wesley Chapel ridesharing accident lawyer, we will help you through all aspects of the case, ensuring your rights remain protected throughout. Call us at (813) 259-0022 for a free review of your case today.
Proving Responsibility in a Ridesharing Crash
After an accident involving a rideshare driver, finding the parties that should be held responsible can be a tricky situation.
For companies like Uber and Lyft, the drivers are considered independent contractors rather than full-time employees of the companies. The rideshare companies do provide liability coverage for riders and other accident victims, but when this insurance policy is in effect is complex.
Determining whether auto insurers have responsibility when their policyholder becomes a professional ridesharing driver is another area of confusion, according to an R Street Policy study on the subject.
After you suffer injuries in an accident involving a rideshare driver, you probably do not care much about these legal issues. You just want to heal from your injuries and receive fair compensation for your pain and suffering, as you did nothing wrong.
At Distasio Law Firm, our team understands those feelings of frustration. As a Wesley Chapel ridesharing accident lawyer, we, unfortunately, have seen all too often how the insurance companies treat the victims.
If we believe you have a case for compensation, we are ready to defend your rights and seek a payout. Call us at (813) 259-0022 today to learn more about how to get started.
Common Ridesharing Accidents
The Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago has found that the growth in ridesharing drivers on the roads is leading to an increase in the number of fatal accidents related to rideshare drivers of roughly 3 percent annually.
Whether you are riding with an Uber or Lyft driver who causes an accident, or one of these drivers hits your car, you could suffer some significant injuries in this type of collision. Some injuries you could suffer in a ridesharing accident include:
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Burns and scarring
- Cuts and significant bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Crush injuries
- Back and neck injuries, including spinal cord injuries
In a settlement or an award, you could receive compensation for the medical bills related to these injuries, as well as compensation for items like lost wages while you recovered, non-medical expenses related to your care, and compensation for pain and suffering.
Rideshare drivers have the same risks when they climb behind the wheel as other drivers. Any driver could make a mistake, such as speeding or failing to check mirrors before making a lane change, creating a dangerous situation that leads to an accident.
However, rideshare drivers also have some other potential issues they must deal with while driving that could lead to a greater possibility of causing an accident, including:
- Unruly passengers: The passengers inside the driver’s car could be behaving poorly because of intoxication or another reason, causing the driver to lose focus on driving and resulting in a serious crash.
- Distracted driving: The rideshare driver may be looking at a smartphone for information about their location or another fare, rather than following Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle guidelines for the use of a smartphone while driving, increasing the chance of an accident.
- Driving under the influence: Ridesharing drivers often work at night and on weekends, and he or she may have consumed alcohol or used drugs before starting to drive.
- Unfamiliar roadways: The Uber or Lyft driver may be in an area of the city with which he or she is not very familiar, which could lead to a wrong turn or a sudden lane change, possibly creating a dangerous situation.
- Going too fast: The driver may be driving too fast for the conditions, trying to drop off one fare and pick up another fare quickly, so he or she can make more money.
We Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
As a Wesley Chapel ridesharing accident lawyer, our team has witnessed the way this type of accident can change the lives of the victims and their families. We believe the party that was responsible for the accident should be held accountable for his or her actions, and we believe you deserve to be fairly compensated for your medical bills, reduction in quality of life, pain, and suffering.
At Distasio Law Firm, we appreciate the opportunity to take on the toughest cases. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to determine the facts in the accident that led to your injuries. Through these facts, we can determine which parties were responsible.
We will represent your interests until the case reaches a conclusion, whether that is in negotiations with an insurance company or after a court case. For a free consultation, contact us at (813) 259-0022 as soon as possible. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not accept payment for our services up front.