Injured In An Accident With Uber Or Lyft? We Will Fight For Your Rights
If you have been injured in an accident that involves a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft, speak immediately to an experienced Orlando rideshare accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. Call us at 407-386-1900 – or use the contact form right here on our website. Page & Eichenblatt has effectively represented injury victims in the central Florida area for more than twenty-five years. If you are injured in a crash that involves a rideshare company, we are ready to fight for the compensation that you will need and deserve.
Orlando accident attorneys Steven S. Eichenblatt and Gregory A. Page have built a reputation for excellence in the field of personal injury law. They are skilled and experienced at finding remedies for the most complicated personal injury matters.
Your first consultation with a personal injury attorney at Page & Eichenblatt is provided at no charge, and there is no obligation. The victims of negligence pay no attorney’s fee to Page & Eichenblatt unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf.
What Should You Know About Riding With Uber or Lyft?
Before you ride – or ride again – with Uber or Lyft, what should you know? What happens, for example, if you are a passenger, there’s an accident, and you’re injured? You’ll need to speak at once to an experienced Orlando rideshare accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. We can help.
Uber and Lyft provide a variety of amenities to their customers. Uber and Lyft rides are typically less costly than a taxicab ride. 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.
What are your rights as a passenger with Uber or Lyft? What happens if you ride with Uber or Lyft and you’re injured? And what if you are injured in another vehicle by a negligent Uber or Lyft driver? Who pays for the medical bills, the lost wages, and the other losses and damages?
How Are Transportation Companies Obligated to the Public?
Rideshare services and limo, bus, and taxi companies have a legal obligation – a “duty of care” – to passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. If you are injured because a rideshare business was negligent, Florida law entitles you to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and more.
These cases can be quite complicated, but generally speaking, if an Uber or Lyft driver is negligent and causes an accident that injures you – as either a passenger or as a third party – when that driver is on duty, Uber or Lyft will have liability for your personal injury or injuries.
“When that driver is on duty” is the important phrase in the paragraph that you just read. Liability only transfers to the rideshare company if the driver was on duty and working for the company when the collision took place.
A personal injury claim can be filed against the driver with an attorney’s help, but if an Uber or Lyft driver was not on duty, the accident will be handled like any accident between two motorists in private vehicles.
We Know How to Fight for Injury Victims’ Rights
If you are injured in any traffic crash in the Orlando area, you are going to need an experienced Florida accident attorney’s help. Call Page & Eichenblatt. For more than twenty-five years, we have been fighting for compensation for the injured victims of negligence in central Florida.
When an Uber or Lyft driver is carrying a passenger, the driver, passengers, and any injured third parties are covered by a one-million-dollar liability policy and by a one-million-dollar uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
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.
What Can Happen if Your Personal Injury Claim is Disputed?
The insurance companies that provide million-dollar coverage to Uber and Lyft may try to reduce their liability and find a way to pay an injury victim minimal compensation – or nothing at all.
For example, after a serious accident, an insurance company might claim that you are fabricating or exaggerating your personal injury or injuries or that your injury was pre-existing before the accident. So even if you are “covered,” you will need an experienced accident attorney’s help.
In central Florida, if you are injured as an Uber or Lyft passenger, or if you’re injured in your own or another vehicle in a crash with a negligent rideshare driver, seek the sound legal advice we provide at Page & Eichenblatt. After you obtain medical treatment, contact us immediately.
What Else Should You Know About Rideshare Accidents?
If an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in an accident and is not carrying a passenger but is “on duty” en route to a passenger or waiting for a passenger, that’s when a personal injury claim can get complicated.
When a driver is on duty but without a passenger, Uber and Lyft may supplement the driver’s own auto insurance policy with additional coverage, but every case is going to be different, and every injury victim is going to need a good accident attorney’s sound advice.
Everyone who travels in Florida should know about this state’s 14-Day Rule. After any traffic accident in Florida, you must be examined and/or treated by a medical professional within the first 14 days after the accident, or you will not be compensated. That is the law in this state.
How Can You Reach Us at Page & Eichenblatt?
But after a traffic crash – any traffic crash in Florida – you should not wait two weeks to have a medical exam or to speak with a personal injury attorney. Get medical attention immediately, and then arrange promptly to speak with an experienced accident lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt.
Your attorney will discuss how personal injury law in Florida applies in your own case and whether you have legal grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim. Your first meeting with an Orlando accident lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt is free, and there’s no obligation.
If you have been injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle in the Orlando area, call Page & Eichenblatt now at 407-386-1900, or complete the contact form here on our website. Our Orlando offices are located at 214 South Lucerne Circle East. A good lawyer’s help is your right.