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RIDESHARE LIABILITY FAQS
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about rideshare liability law and your rights when involved in an accident with an at-fault ridesharing company.
Can you sue Lyft/Uber for an accident?
Yes, courts in Florida provide ways to recover financial compensation from an accident caused by Lyft and Uber in certain situations. For example, Lyft and Uber may be negligent and responsible for their drivers' conduct if those drivers are at fault. In those cases, Lyft and Uber may be sued for negligent hiring, retention, or supervision of drivers who caused an accident.
Who can recover compensation for a ridesharing accident?
Both passengers and drivers can recover compensation in automobile accidents involving Uber and Lyft in certain situations. Many people are aware that passengers can recover for injuries sustained due to negligence during an Uber or Lyft ride. However, drivers of Ubers and Lyfts may also be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained during a ride if they were due to the fault of another. The recovery level usually depends on the type of insurance coverage available (among other things).
How do you know if Lyft/Uber will compensate for an accident?
An experienced attorney should investigate the accident to determine if Lyft or Uber may be responsible for monetary compensation. For example, Lyft and Uber usually only provide insurance for accidents that occur while the app is running.
What if I was hit by an Uber/Lyft while driving another car? Or hit as a pedestrian or cyclist?
Uber or Lyft may owe compensation for injury or death whether you were riding in a Lyft or Uber that got into an accident, or whether you were struck by a Lyft or Uber while walking, riding a bike, or riding in a separate car.
What should I do if my Lyft/Uber gets in an accident?
If you have suffered injuries from an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. First, you should make sure that you and others in your care are safe. This includes staying out of the way of oncoming traffic and ensuring that everyone involved with the accident is conscious and uninjured.
If you or others have suffered injuries from an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. First, however, you should call 9-1-1 to report the accident to the police and to seek immediate medical treatment or an ambulance for any emergency injuries.
If possible, document the accident with pictures of vehicles (like license plates and damage to the vehicles or surrounding property), the people involved (including your own injuries), and any other important information (such as app screenshots showing that the accident occurred during a Lyft or Uber ride, if possible). If you suspect that a car that hit you was driving for Lyft or Uber, take a photograph of any app logos on their dashboard, as well as the license plate or tags. Try to obtain a copy of the police report, the names and contact information of the responding officers, and the names and contact information of those involved in the accident.
Then it is essential that you contact the law offices of Salomon Smith to receive expert legal representation and get compensation for your losses. These losses may include your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have suffered injuries from an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, contact Salomon Smith today for a free consultation on how you may be able to recover financial compensation.