Orlando Rideshare Accident Lawyer Pursuing Compensation For the Injured
Uber and Lyft provide a variety of amenities to their customers. Uber and Lyft rides are typically less costly than a taxicab ride and more convenient. Many rideshare customers, however, may not have considered the insurance and liability concerns that may emerge if a rideshare vehicle is involved in a collision.
If you have been injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, seek legal representation from an Orlando rideshare accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. For over 25 years, our attorneys have helped traffic accident victims secure the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Attorneys Steven S. Eichenblatt and Gregory A. Page have built a reputation for excellence in the field of personal injury law. Let them work tirelessly to obtain compensation on your behalf.
How Will Vicarious Liability Affect Your Rideshare Accident Case?
After a ridesharing accident, victims often assume that the ridesharing company will be held liable for their injuries. After all, employers are often held liable for the negligent acts of their employees under vicarious liability laws. But unfortunately, these laws will not affect your ridesharing accident case. This is because vicarious liability laws only apply to employees, not independent contractors. Since rideshare drivers are typically classified as independent contractors, these rules will not apply, which means the driver’s employer cannot be held liable for their negligence.
Who Will Compensate You For Your Rideshare Accident Injuries?
A number of different insurance policies may cover your damages after a rideshare accident. First, your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance may cover a portion of your medical bills, regardless of who was at fault for the crash.
Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services require their drivers to meet the state’s minimum insurance coverage laws. This means the rideshare driver who was involved in the accident should also have insurance that may cover your damages.
Finally, the rideshare company’s liability insurance may cover the accident under certain circumstances. This liability insurance policy will only cover the accident if it occurred while the rideshare app was on and the driver was actively working. This means if the accident occurred while the driver had a passenger in the car or while the driver was on his way to pick up a passenger, the rideshare company’s insurance policy may cover the crash. If the driver did not have a passenger in the car and was not actively working at the time of the accident, however, the company’s policy will not provide coverage.
For these reasons, the driver’s status at the time of the crash plays a significant role in every rideshare accident case. The personal injury attorneys at Page & Eichenblatt can conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not the driver was working, how the accident occurred, and who should be held liable for your injuries.
How Can A Ridesharing Accident Attorney in Orlando Help?
If you are injured in any traffic crash in the greater Orlando area, you are going to need an attorney’s help. But this is especially true if you are involved in a ridesharing accident, since these claims are even more complex than other auto accident claims.
The rules regarding when a rideshare company’s insurance policy covers an accident are complex. But like any other traffic accident, being “covered” in an accident that involves Uber or Lyft does not stop an auto insurance company from contesting your injury claim. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that the rideshare company does not try to avoid liability for an accident caused by their worker’s negligence.
How Should You Handle An Insurance Company After A Ridesharing Accident in Orlando?
The insurance companies that provide coverage to Uber and Lyft may try to reduce their liability and find a way to pay a rideshare accident victim as little as possible for their injuries.
For example, after a serious accident, an insurance company might claim that you are fabricating or exaggerating your personal injuries. The insurer may also try to argue that your injuries were sustained prior to the accident. Or the insurance company may point the finger at you and claim that you were responsible for the accident. Their goal is to pressure you to accept as little as possible for your injuries. So even if an accident is covered, you will need an experienced accident attorney to handle the insurance company on your behalf.
Do not speak to an insurance company without first talking to a personal injury attorney about your case. If an insurance company contacts you, direct them to your attorney. Do not give a recorded statement or sign any documents without seeking advice from your attorney.
What is the 14-Day Rule in Ridesharing Accidents in Florida?
Everyone who travels in Florida should know about this state’s 14-day rule. If you have been in a traffic accident, regardless of whether or not it involved a rideshare vehicle, it’s important to seek medical attention within 14 days. The law states that accident victims must be examined and/or treated by a medical professional within 14 days from the date of the accident. If you miss this deadline, the law prohibits you from obtaining compensation through your PIP insurance coverage.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Ridesharing Accident Attorneys
Do not hesitate to seek legal representation if you’ve been in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle. It doesn’t matter whether you were a passenger in the vehicle, a pedestrian or bicyclist on the street, or another motorist–if the accident involved a rideshare driver, you will need an attorney. Contact the experienced rideshare accident attorneys at Page & Eichenblatt to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.
Your attorney will review your case, explain your legal options, answer your questions, and provide an overview of the personal injury claim process. Your first meeting with an Orlando accident lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt is free, and there’s no obligation. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 407-386-1900 or completing the contact form here on our website.