Personal Injury Lawyers
Tampa, Florida

Tampa Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer

Attorney Armando Edmiston can handle your claim

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in busy cities like Tampa, Florida. Unfortunately, rideshare accidents are just as common as many other car accidents. The difference is, claims involving these types of car accidents are often much more complicated, for a lot of different reasons. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced lawyer on your side to help you navigate your way through the confusing claims process.

If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident , you can count on Armando Personal Injury Law and Tampa rideshare accident attorney Armando Edmiston to fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. We thoroughly understand the rules and regulations governing these types of accidents. We know what evidence to look for as part of our investigation. Most importantly, we are fully committed to building the strongest possible legal case for you.

What are common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents?

Accidents involving Lyft or Uber drivers cover a wide range. Some of the most common causes of rideshare crashes include:

  • Distracted driving, including:
    • Texting while driving (even though it’s against the law in Florida)
    • Looking up directions while driving
    • Looking at a ridesharing app while driving
    • Talking on the phone while driving
    • Eating while driving
  • Speeding, especially involving drivers driving too fast in between customers
  • Falling asleep at the wheel, especially since many rideshare drivers work long hours

Is this what happened to you? Or are you dealing with a different type of crash caused by an Uber or Lyft driver? Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, you can count on our Tampa legal team to fight for your rights.

Who is responsible for my injuries after a rideshare accident?

The laws governing rideshare accidents impact who’s responsible for your crash-related damages. What the Lyft or Uber driver was doing at the time of your accident is also critical when determining liability. Those who may be held legally responsible for your accident-related expenses include:

  • The rideshare driver who caused your car accident
  • The rideshare company
  • The rideshare driver’s insurance company
  • The insurance company representing the rideshare company

Often, the key issue is whether the Lyft or Uber driver was on duty at the time of your accident. In the eyes of the law, a rideshare driver is on duty if they are engaged in any of the following activities:

  • Driving with a passenger in the vehicle
  • Driving with the ridesharing app on
  • Checking the ridesharing app
  • Driving to pick up a rideshare passenger
  • Looking up directions for a ridesharing trip

How much is my Lyft or Uber accident claim worth?

There is no set dollar amount when it comes to compensation for claims involving Uber or Lyft because every accident is different. Some claims may be worth thousands. Others may be worth millions. It really all depends on the specific details of your crash.

The bottom line is you should be financially compensated for all your crash-related expenses. These expenses can include:

  • Medical bills, including the cost of future care
  • Car repairs or replacement costs
  • Lost income during your recovery
  • Lost future income if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances

You shouldn’t have to pay for a Lyft or Uber driver’s reckless behavior. As a rideshare passenger you have the right to sue the Uber or Lyft driver for the injuries you suffered in an accident they caused, and the rideshare company’s insurance has to pay up. Get the money you deserve. Let an experienced Uber accident lawyer aggressively advocate for your best interests.

What if I was injured in a rideshare accident reserved by someone else?

If you were injured in a car accident while riding in a rideshare vehicle, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your accident-related expenses, regardless of who reserved the rideshare service. That’s how the legal system works in Florida when it comes to rideshare passenger injury claims. It doesn’t matter if you reserved the rideshare service or someone else. Injured passengers have rights in Florida.

Who’s responsible for compensating rideshare accident injury victims if someone else made the reservation?

First, it’s important to understand how Florida’s car insurance system works. Florida has a no-fault car insurance system. That means that Florida car accident injury victims should be compensated for their accident expenses, regardless of who was at fault.

So how does this system work if rideshare passengers get injured in an accident booked by someone else? Often, the first place to start with any passenger injury claim is to file a claim with the insurance company for the driver of the vehicle.

In the case of a rideshare accident, drivers in Florida must have “personal vehicle insurance” in order to operate a rideshare vehicle. This means that injured passengers must often file an injury claim with the rideshare driver’s personal vehicle insurance company. However, injured passengers may also be able to seek financial compensation from the rideshare company, such as Uber and Lyft. Other funding sources may be possible as well depending on the circumstances of the crash. The best way to know? Talk to a Florida car accident lawyer.

Why should I hire an attorney?

You may wonder what to do after an Uber or Lyft accident. You should consider hiring an attorney to handle your rideshare accident claim if:

  • The rideshare driver denies doing anything wrong.
  • The rideshare driver claims you caused the accident.
  • The rideshare driver’s insurance company denies your claim.
  • The rideshare company denies responsibility.

Experienced attorneys know how to handle all these problems and can negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Most agree to cooperate once they realize they’re up against a knowledgeable Lyft accident lawyer. If the insurance company refuses to cooperate, your attorney can help you file a lawsuit and demand the compensation you deserve.

Put your trust in a lawyer who puts your needs first

After you’re involved in a rideshare accident, you’re up against the clock. That’s because in Florida, you only have two years from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against the at-fault party. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. If you miss it, you could miss out on your opportunity to obtain compensation. Discover what an experienced car accident attorney in Tampa can do for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation with Armando Personal Injury Law. We make your problems our problems.

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