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Lyft and Uber have changed the hired ride industry in Florida. With rides that are typically cheaper, more convenient to hail, and more enjoyable, these rideshare companies have completely displaced traditional taxicabs. While riders generally get to their destinations without issue, sometimes accidents happen. Whether your Lyft/Uber driver was at fault for the accident, there is likely someone liable for your injuries; after all, you were just an innocent passenger. Why should you have to pay for an accident you didn’t cause?

At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we don’t think you should. Lyft and Uber have insurance policies in place to cover the medical bills, property damage, and other harms that passengers (and often drivers) suffer in vehicle collisions. However, an insurance claim might not give you the compensation you truly deserve. Talk to our attorneys about your accident and find out if you could recover more with a personal injury claim – or at least with our insurance settlement negotiation assistance in Fort Lauderdale.

Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents in Florida

No one steps into a Lyft or Uber expecting to become involved in a car accident. Yet every year, dozens of people in Florida suffer injuries and even die in accidents involving a rideshare vehicle. Rideshare drivers aren’t perfect. They can make mistakes just like other drivers, including poor vehicle maintenance, speeding, or drunk driving. Having to use their phones while driving to accept rides puts these drivers at an even greater risk of distracted driving than most on the road. Common causes of Lyft and Uber accidents include:

  • Driver negligence or recklessness. Some Lyft and Uber drivers aren’t as careful or diligent as they should be behind the wheel. Drunk, drugged, drowsy, and distracted rideshare drivers can cause serious accidents. If your driver carelessly causes your crash, you might be able to sue him or her as an individual on top of recovering damages from Uber/Lyft’s insurance plan. Rideshare drivers are independent contractors in Florida, making them individually liable for their mistakes.
  • Unsafe roadways. Florida’s roads aren’t always the safest for drivers. Potholes, debris in the road, fallen trees or power lines, flooded roads, malfunctioning traffic lights, hidden stop signs, and other defects can cause preventable accidents. If the government entity or private owner in charge of roadway maintenance knew or should have known about the defect, yet did not repair it, he/she/it could be liable for your rideshare accident.
  • Third-party liability. In many cases, an outside party causes rideshare accidents. For example, the manufacturer of a defective vehicle part or another driver on the roadway that crashes into you. Victims may have the opportunity to sue the third party for damages, on top of or instead of recovering through the rideshare company’s insurer.

A conversation with one of our knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys can help you learn your rights and opportunities following a Lyft or Uber accident in Fort Lauderdale. You could be eligible for recovery from more than one party. We can help you file a claim with a rideshare insurance company or with the Fort Lauderdale civil courts. Call (954) 568-3636 or contact us online for a free consultation today.