Auto Accidents Involving Ride Sharing Apps Like Uber or Lyft

Ride Sharing Auto Accidents

Ride Share Auto AccidentsRide-sharing programs have served the 21st century a great service. Companies like Uber and Lyft have made it more convenient to provide transportation to those who, in many situations, should not be driving themselves. It has also allowed many people without transportation to get around more easily at an affordable price.

However, the increased popularity of these ride-sharing programs has also increased the number of cars on the roads. With every additional car comes the potential of another car accident. In most cases, you are not aware of who is driving you – what their background is, what kind of driver they are, etc. You have trusted the parent companies like Uber and Lyft to have done the necessary background checks to ensure your safety.

Still, car crashes involving passengers in a ride-sharing program can happen at any time, on any ride. It’s important that you be aware of the steps you need to take and who you can trust to handle your auto accident claim.

Complexities of Ride-Sharing Driver Accidents

Usually a car accident involves only the parties who are present at the time of the accident. However, when a ride-sharing car is involved in an accident, it can become a bit more complex as to who may be at fault and from whom you may be able to collect any sort of compensation.

The personal injury attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group have been researching and handling car accident cases involving ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft since its inception. We have been at the forefront of all emerging technology so that we are prepared to serve our clients in the most advanced and knowledgeable ways possible.

What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident Involving a Ride-Sharing App Driver

If you are a passenger involved in an accident in a ride sharing car service, such as Uber or Lyft, it is important to follow a few crucial steps.

  1. Assess your injuries and seek medical attention.
  2. Call the police to document the incident.
  3. Take photos of the scene including damages to both vehicles, license plate numbers and the surrounding environment.
  4. Get the information of your driver – name, photo, license plate. Screen shot their profile from your phone’s ride-sharing app.
  1. Make sure your name is on the police report as a passenger and that you get a copy of the case number provided by the police.
  2. Do not speak to the other parties involved about the details of the accident – only to the police.
  3. Seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident so you will retain your PIP benefits.
  4. Call us at 561-338-0420 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys

Most ride share companies ask that you also report this accident to them, but we suggest that you follow all steps above, including contacting our personal injury attorneys, before providing any details to the company and insurance providers.

What to Expect Following Your Ride Share Auto Accident

When you choose the Eltringham Law Group to represent you following an auto accident involving a ride-sharing driver such as Uber or Lyft, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free case reviews so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are simply dealing with the stress and anxiety that is common following auto accidents, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

If you have been involved in a car accident involving a ride-sharing driver, you need an experienced auto accident lawyer on your side. Contact us today at 561-338-0420 to schedule your free case review.

Common Legal Questions About Ride Sharing Auto Accidents

If you are a passenger involved in an accident in a ride sharing car service, such as Uber or Lyft, it is important to follow a few crucial steps.

  1. Assess your injuries – are you seriously injured? Bleeding? And make sure that the other person is OK.
  2. Call the police to document the incident.
  3. Take photos of the scene including damages to both vehicles, license plate numbers and the surrounding environment.
  4. Get the information of your driver – name, photo, license plate. Screen shot their profile from your phone’s ride-sharing app.
  5. Make sure your name is on the police report as a passenger and that you get a copy of the case number provided by the police.
  6. Do not speak to the other parties involved about the details of the accident – only to the police.
  7. Seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident so you will retain your PIP benefits.
  8. Call us at 561-338-0420 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys

Most ride share companies ask that you also report this accident to them, but we suggest that you follow all steps above, including contacting our personal injury attorneys, before providing any details to the company and insurance providers.

Florida law requires that you seek medical attention within 14 days from the date of the accident – this includes weekends and holidays.

If you fail to comply with the Florida Law, you will lose 100% of your medical payment coverage under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of your automobile insurance policy. All auto insurance policies in the state of Florida include PIP, which covers a portion of your medical bills. However, this coverage is void if you do not seek medical attention within 14 days of your automobile accident.

Although many injuries and/or ailments that result from a car accident may not be noticeable immediately, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention immediately and continue communication as other issues may arise. Even the most minor accidents can cause medical issues, days or even weeks after the auto accident.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – also known as “No-Fault” car insurance, is mandated by the state of Florida for all drivers to carry. PIP pays up to $10,000 for injuries you sustain in an accident regardless of who was at-fault in the accident. Just like other states that mandate PIP however, Florida has its own set of special laws and regulations. It is imperative that you seek medical care within 14 days of your accident so that you can retain your PIP benefits.

After an auto accident, almost every injured person will require treatment that exceeds the $10,000 limit that PIP provides. Florida allows drivers to sue the insurance company of the at-fault party if the medical costs exceed $10,000.  This is why it is very important for you to call a personal injury attorney that will explain your rights, as well as recover your expenses. You may also sue them for any emotional pain and suffering you think the injuries have caused you.

When you are involved in an auto accident and a law suit is required to recover additional expenses, you will need to hire a personal injury attorney. Florida law mandates that every driver carry auto insurance. When you file a lawsuit due to an accident, you are not suing the other driver personally. The law suit to recover damages and expenses is against the insurance company of the person who is at fault. Our attorneys will also make sure that the ride-sharing company followed proper procedure when hiring the driver responsible for you.

All personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney only collects payment if you receive money in a judgment or settlement from your case. You owe nothing to the attorney unless you get paid. If and when you do receive a settlement or judgement, the attorney is paid a percentage that is agreed upon at the beginning of your case. If the attorney is unable to collect any additional settlements for you, you owe them nothing.