Rideshare applications such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity. In many cities, Miami Beach included, they have become the dominant means of transportation, almost completely displacing the taxi industry. Countless people emerge from the clubs of South Beach each night and “call and Uber” to get back to their home or hotel. Rideshare cars are everywhere in Miami Beach.
A recent study found that the most popular destination in Miami Beach is the famed Fontainebleau Hotel. Other popular Uber destinations in and near Miami Beach include:
The problem for passengers and other drivers on the road is that these drivers are often not as well-trained as taxi drivers. In addition, the entire rideshare setup encourages distracted driving as the app remains on at all times. The driver has one eye on the road and one eye on the app, and this subtracts from safety.
While studies have shown that Uber and Lyft contribute close to $1 billion each year to the area’s economy, they also add to the number of accidents. Miami Beach roads are notoriously congested at all hours of time as the city never sleeps. The combination of Uber drivers speeding pickups and those who may be lost raises the danger, even if rideshare vehicles take possible drunk drivers off the road.
Rideshare accidents are a little different than a taxi accident. The element that is the same is the presence of the insurance company and the fact that you would make a claim. However, the key differences are:
There are a number of issues in an Uber accident that mean that you may need the help of an attorney. Anytime that an insurance company is involved in the picture, you can count on the need for extensive negotiation. The companies that insure Uber and Lyft are used to seeing huge claims volume. Therefore, the process is a factory for them. They have one prerequisite. They want to settle your claim for as little as possible and usually, they want to do it quickly.
The rideshare companies have an insurance policy in place for drivers who have passengers in the cars that can cover up to $1 million in damages. However, there are different levels of coverage when there are no passengers in the car and when the app is disengaged. When rideshare drivers do not have the app on, their own personal car insurance may apply. Just untangling the puzzle of insurance coverage requires the expertise of someone who has handled rideshare accidents before.
Just because an attorney says that they can handle your rideshare case does not necessarily mean that they have the right experience. This is why you need a recommendation from someone familiar with local Miami Beach attorneys who can help you.
At 388CEDA, we have a staff of doctors who can treat you after your rideshare accident injury. Even if you were treated at the scene of the accident, it does not mean that you could not have a lingering injury. Some injuries take some days after the accident to start hurting you. Either way, it is vital to get fully checked out after the accident because your insurance claim is the one time that you can receive compensation. Afterwards, you will sign a release of liability for the insurance company. 388CEDA offers the following diagnostic services:
After your rideshare accident, you need the services of both doctors and lawyers. At 388CEDA, we can help with both. Call us today at 1-800-388-CEDA to discuss our services. You can ask us to recommend an attorney from our network of local lawyers who help rideshare accident victims, and we can select one to suggest.
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