Both riders and drivers potentially take on substantial risk when using Lyft or Uber. Though neither company provides comprehensive statistics when it comes to the number of accidents their drivers are in, there are websites dedicated to ridesharing horror stories, including car accidents. For both riders and drivers, Uber and Lyft provide comprehensive coverage in the event of an accident. But getting that compensation can prove highly difficult. For instance, if a driver does not have a passenger in the car, Uber offers no assistance.
Ridesharing companies are able to get away with this lack of coverage by classifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, which severely limits their legal liabilities. While there have been a few lawsuits to change this policy, they have mostly failed, allowing Uber and Lyft to reap the benefits of having drivers work for them without taking on much, if any, of the risk.
If you have been involved in an accident in a ridesharing car in Florida, contact the Lyft and Uber car accident attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
WHY ARE MIAMI RIDESHARE ACCIDENT CASES COMPLICATED?
Ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have gone to great lengths to protect themselves from liability over the years. Because drivers were classified as independent contractors, Lyft and Uber have tried to disclaim responsibility when their drivers cause accidents and hurt passengers or other motorists.
Ridesharing drivers were even previously told to make claims with their own auto insurers, despite the fact these policies don’t cover commercial use. Today, ridesharing companies do provide insurance policies offering substantial coverage in case of accidents. This does not, however, mean it is easy to obtain compensation.
It is important to have an attorney who understands how accident claims involving ridesharing vehicles work to ensure you are pursuing a claim against the appropriate defendant and to assist you in devising the right legal strategy to maximize the chances of obtaining full compensation for losses.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO RECOVER COMPENSATION AFTER A RIDESHARE ACCIDENT IN MIAMI?
Victims of motor vehicle accidents involving ridesharing companies in Miami can file lawsuits in Miami-Dade courts or, in some circumstances, can file lawsuits in federal courts. The Miami-Dade County Civil Court presides over cases where less than $15,000 is at stake, and the Circuit Court presides over civil claims involving more than $15,000.
A Miami rideshare accident attorney at Steinger, Greene & Feiner will assist you in determining where your case should be heard and in making compelling arguments in court on your behalf to help you obtain full compensation. We can also work to negotiate an out-of-court settlement so you can be fairly compensated for losses without having to go to court at all.
HOW CAN A MIAMI RIDESHARE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY HELP ME?
Being the victim of a rideshare accident in Miami is stressful. Whether you were a passenger or you were a pedestrian or driver hit by a rideshare operator, you must face a complex legal situation in addition to coping with your injuries. Steinger, Greene & Feiner is here to help. Give us a call today to learn how a Miami rideshare accident attorney can help you.