Companies like Uber and Lyft do a brisk business in and around Brickell. Many people who have purchased condos in Brickell use their own cars as little as possible or not at all. They may call an Uber to get them to South Beach when they should not be driving. They might use rideshare to get to and from work in the Financial District that borders Brickell.
Both Uber and Lyft are active in Miami. Overall, Uber holds about a 77% market share and contributes close to $1 billion to Miami’s economy. However, it would not be accurate to say that these companies do only great things in Miami. Even if they give people transportation options, they also put thousands of drivers onto city streets who may be distracted and not fully trained. In other words, the convenience comes with its own dangers.
Uber and Lyft drivers are always focused on the app when they are behind the wheel. It is their guide at all times. It controls how they pick up passengers and the routes they take to reach destinations. Drivers always have an eye on the app, and it can take away from their focus on the road.
Negligent rideshare drivers could threaten the safety of both their passengers and other drivers on the road. Both of these could have a claim against a rideshare driver when there has been an accident. The important thing to know is that you are not able to file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft after an accident because they classify their drivers as independent contractors. This means that they are not agents of Uber or Lyft that would make the rideshare companies responsible for their accidents.
While this seems unfair to injured motorists and passengers, it is the law for now. There is still insurance coverage of up to $1 million per accident, which may be enough to pay for most injuries because only the largest claims exceed that amount.
Just because the policy exists does not automatically mean that the insurance company has to pay. Like any other car accident claim, you must prove first that the rideshare driver was negligent. If you are an injured passenger, you could file a negligence claim against one of the drivers involved in the accident.
Rideshare accident cases require investigation to know which driver is responsible and where you can file a claim. Then, you need to establish the level of coverage, and whether it is enough to cover your injuries. In addition, you would look at underinsured accident coverage on your own insurance if it is necessary.
If all of this seems difficult, it is because rideshare cases are not easy. You would need an attorney to help untangle what may seem like a confusing maze. Otherwise, there would be up to three different insurance companies involved and a torrent of phone calls as each one of them looks to protect their own interests.
Of course, before you even file a claim in the first place, you need to know the full extent of your injuries. Even if you were treated at the scene, you would still need to be fully evaluated. Let 388CEDA handle your diagnostic and treatment needs after your accident. We offer the following medical services:
Finding the right attorney could also be time-consuming. With so many choices out there, you may not be best served by hiring the first person that you see online or on a billboard. The legal services that your attorney provides make a long-term difference in your life when you are injured, so you must make the right hire. Hiring someone who comes recommended may be better than hiring someone who you just happen to see on a billboard on the side of I-95 with a catchy slogan.
388CEDA helps with that too. Upon request, we can recommend an attorney to you from our vast network of Brickell rideshare accident attorneys. Call us today at 1-800-388-CEDA to learn how we can help you.
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