The convenience and ease offered by rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have made them popular across Florida. People can enjoy a night out without worrying about drinking and driving or quickly grab a ride across Miami with the press of a button. With more people using this service, the number of accidents involving Uber and Lyft has increased. Often, Uber and Lyft passengers walk away from an accident without a scratch, but, unfortunately, a car crash could result in severe or fatal injuries.
Prosper Shaked is an experienced personal injury attorney who provides his clients professional, dedicated representation. If you were hurt while riding as a passenger in a rideshare or if your vehicle was struck by an Uber or Lyft driver, contact our Florida I-195 Miami Uber and Lyft accident lawyer immediately. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676.
Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents on I-195 in Florida
Car accidents occur for a variety of reasons on Interstate 195. It is a busy highway with congested traffic and multiple types of vehicles. The same behaviors that contribute to other car accidents plague Uber and Lyft passengers as well, including the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Road rage
In addition to the common causes that contribute to car crashes, it is possible that the business practices of Uber and Lyft and their drivers also increase the risk of accidents.
Rushing for Pickups
One of the advantages of Uber and Lyft is prompt service. To help limit the time between drop-offs and pickups of new clients, both companies utilize what is known as “forward dispatch.” The system gives a driver a new assignment before they have completed their current trip. Often, to get to their next rider as quickly as possible, an Uber or Lyft might drive aggressively or speed excessively.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Florida and across the nation. Uber and Lyft drivers rely heavily on their smartphone app to look for potential riders, confirm rides, and communicate with clients. Additionally, they utilize the GPS on their phone to navigate unfamiliar areas and roadways. When an Uber or Lyft driver diverts their attention from driving while traveling on I-195, they put their passengers and other motorists at risk.
Neither Uber nor Lyft maintains a fleet of cars; all maintenance responsibility falls on the driver and owner of the vehicle. While both companies require yearly inspections for drivers to qualify to drive with them, the wear and tear of driving multiple hours every day could easily cripple the performance and safety of a car. A passenger stepping into a rideshare vehicle has no guarantee that there are no mechanical issues that might put them at risk.
Vehicles face stress and strain after hours upon hours on the road, but so do drivers. The longer a driver works, the more money they make with Uber or Lyft. Because of this, some drivers are on the road longer than they should be. Fatigue compromises a driver’s mental and physical abilities and endangers themselves, their passengers, and other motorists.
Suing Uber and Lyft for Accidents on I-195 in Florida and Miami
Uber and Lyft use a smartphone app to connect their drivers with people searching for a ride. Florida residents appreciate the convenience, the ease of use, and the ability to pay through the app. However, the drivers for both companies are considered independent contracts, and neither Uber nor Lyft maintains their vehicles. Because of this business relationship between the companies and their drivers, holding Uber or Lyft accountable in a personal injury claim is challenging. Instead, most claims are filed against the driver directly, but the rideshare company’s insurance policy might cover damages.
To be successful in a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver, the injured party must prove four things:
- The other driver owed the injured party a duty,
- The other driver breached that duty,
- That breach caused injuries,
- The resulting injuries involve quantifiable damages.
Liability and Insurance for Accidents Involving Uber and Lyft on I-195 in Florida
Typically, a personal injury lawsuit is filed against the at-fault driver and their insurance company. If the accident was caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, the claim would be against them and their personal insurance. Because Uber and Lyft consider their drivers independent contractors, it is difficult to hold either company accountable when an accident occurs. However, their insurance policy might cover.
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft, but another driver caused the crash, you can usually sue that driver. Since you were a rideshare passenger at the time, Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy might still cover the case.
Florida’s general automobile insurance law requires rideshare drivers to carry additional insurance above their regular coverage. Drivers in Florida must carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury and property damage liability.
Uber and Lyft drivers have additional insurance depending on whether they are between rides or they are carrying a passenger. If not working at the time, the driver’s individual insurance will cover the case. If they are between rides but are on duty, the rideshare company’s supplemental insurance will cover up to $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person and $100,000 for death and bodily injury per accident. Also, property damage is usually covered up to $25,000. When an Uber or Lyft driver is transporting a passenger, the amount for death and bodily injury increases to $1 million in coverage.
Call Our Florida I-195 Miami Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Prosper Shaked is a Florida I-195 Miami Uber and Lyft accident lawyer dedicated to fighting for those injured by other motorists’ negligence. If you were injured as a passenger in a rideshare or if an Uber or Lyft driver hit your car, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676 to schedule a free legal consultation.