Uber & Lyft Accidents When a Driver is at Fault
Our Broward County and Palm Beach County Lawyers Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable for Uber and Lyft Accidents
People use the Uber and Lyft apps regularly to catch a ride quickly in and around Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach. While these rideshare services are helpful and convenient, what happens when a ride goes wrong? Many people do not consider the possibility of an Uber or Lyft accident until they have already suffered serious injuries in a crash. They then face the extensive losses and limitations that can result from any type of traffic accident.
Uber and Lyft accidents can disrupt your life, but, if a driver caused the accident, you should be able to recover for all of your losses. Contact an Uber and Lyft accident attorney at Demand the Limits right away to learn about your rights.
How Drivers Cause Serious Uber and Lyft Crashes
Many rideshare accidents happen because a driver made a mistake - whether it was the Uber or Lyft driver who caused the crash or the driver of another car who collided with the rideshare vehicle. The following are only some of many negligent acts that drivers can engage in:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Violating other traffic laws
At first, you may not realize what caused your accident. It may require an investigation by a law firm that regularly handles rideshare accident claims to determine who caused the crash. The sooner you discuss your accident with a car accident attorney, the sooner we can get started identifying whether another driver was at fault and liable for your losses.
Liability for Driver Errors
Florida drivers all have a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner that prevents injuries to others whenever possible. When a driver breaches this duty and causes harm, the driver should be held liable for the losses of accident victims, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Uber and Lyft drivers must carry their own insurance policies with minimum limits to cover injuries they cause to rideshare passengers, people in other vehicles, or to pedestrians. Third party drivers also must carry minimum auto insurance coverage for the same reason. In addition, all Florida motorists should have their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that kicks in no matter who was at fault.
You should realize that Uber and Lyft may also be liable for rideshare accidents. While these companies are not automatically responsible for the negligence of the independent contractor drivers, they can be liable in the following situations:
- The Uber or Lyft driver did not have adequate coverage and was actively picking up or transporting a passenger at the time
- Uber or Lyft hired a driver who did not meet the requirements due to a failed background check, previous driving record, or an invalid license.
Consult with a South Florida Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney for Free Today
At Demand the Limits, our rideshare accident lawyers handle claims in which an Uber or Lyft driver was to blame for your accident and injuries. We work throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County, so please call 561-600-3555 or contact us online today.