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Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have completely revolutionized how people get around. In large cities, rideshare drivers let people go car-free and avoid exorbitant parking costs. In smaller communities, this industry makes it easier to enjoy nearby cities without the expense of taxi rides.

However, ridesharing has also caused a substantial amount of legal issues. When an accident occurs, who is responsible? Are passengers left holding the bill? Does it go to the driver’s personal insurance or is the company liable? Each state has wrestled with these questions and come up with their own requirements and expectations for both drivers and companies.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a rideshare accident, don’t wait around for the insurance company to do the right thing and make you whole. Turn to an accident attorney you can trust to handle your case aggressively and fairly. Call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636 to discuss your case now.

Causes of Ridesharing Accidents

Ridesharing drivers are prone to the same errors in judgment as every other driver. On top of that, other issues may make ridesharing more dangerous for passengers than simply being in a friend’s car. Common causes of rideshare crashes include:

  • Traffic. In areas like Fort Lauderdale, traffic can get…sluggish. Combined with impatient drivers, this creates the ideal atmosphere for accidents. It’s particularly dangerous for those who rely on ridesharing to get to and from work, as these are peak traffic times.
  • Poorly maintained roadways. Keeping up with roadway maintenance is a big job in a state as large as Florida, and roadways in need of maintenance cause a significant number of accidents every year.
  • Other drivers. When a third party drives unsafely and puts you and your driver in danger, they are generally liable for the damage caused by the accident.
  • Reckless or unsafe driving. While Uber and Lyft drivers are screened via their background checks and driving records, unsafe or aggressive drivers slip through all the time. Drivers who partake in aggressive driving behaviors put their passengers in danger.
  • Economic pressure. Uber and Lyft drivers get paid for completing rides, and there’s an enormous amount of pressure to squeeze in as many rides as possible to increase their daily income. For some, this leads to taking less safe routes, driving too fast for conditions, or otherwise trying to cut corners.

Rideshare Insurance Requirements and Limits

In response to the rapidly growing popularity of ridesharing apps, Florida legislators sought to enact laws that keep passengers safe and hold drivers liable for accidents they cause. As a result, drivers must now meet strict insurance requirements.

When drivers are logged into the rideshare app but do not yet have a customer in the vehicle, they must meet these standards:

  • Liability coverage of $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person
  • Liability coverage of $100,000 for death and bodily injury per accident
  • Property damage liability coverage of at least $25,000 per incident

Once a driver picks up a rideshare customer, they must meet these insurance requirements:

  • Liability coverage of at least $1 million for bodily injury, death, and property damage

These requirements are the responsibility of both the driver and the ridesharing company. If the driver fails to get insurance that meets these standards, the ridesharing company is responsible for providing coverage that protects accident victims.

Seeking Compensation After a Rideshare Accident

The process of seeking damages after a rideshare accident can be lengthy and frustrating for victims. In the best case scenario, figuring out compensation after a car accident is annoying. When you add in secondary insurance companies, rideshare companies, and other factors, you are far from the best case scenario. However, as is the case in any other type of car accident, victims may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, both current and future
  • Lost wages and lost earning ability
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

You may have to jump through hoops to get the compensation you’re owed. The driver’s insurance company may try to minimize your damages and weaken your case. You have to go through the same hoops if the rideshare company’s insurance provider gets involved. If the other driver is liable, you could be in contact with numerous insurance companies trying to get your money.

How Our Team Can Help You After Your Accident

When you are the victim of a rideshare accident in Fort Lauderdale, you don’t need the added stress of insurance company calls, gathering medical bills, and trying to figure out how much your injury is worth. That’s where we come in. We’re committed to gathering and analyzing evidence, determining the monetary value of your injuries, and fighting aggressively on your behalf to make the liable party pay up. We won’t let insurance companies undercut you to pad their profits; our only priority is making sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.

It’s important to act quickly after an accident to explore your options and protect your rights. We’re here to help. Contact us online or call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636 now to discuss your case.