Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer
Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular modes of transportation across the United States, and for good reason–these ridesharing services are affordable, dependable, and, for the most part, safe. Unfortunately, though most passengers have nothing to worry about, there are times where Uber and Lyft drivers are involved in serious accidents, and if you have been injured in one as a passenger, you must continue reading and contact our Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft accident lawyer at The Frank Santini Law Firm to learn more about how our firm can assist you through every step of the legal process ahead.Get Your Case Started
Why Hire a Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer?
Uber and Lyft are still relatively new forms of transportation, and they have a complex liability system in place. For this reason, you need a Tampa personal injury attorney who has an in-depth knowledge of these laws and can effectively fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal.
Common Causes of Uber/Lyft Accidents
While Uber and Lyft are both safe means of transportation, for the most part, Uber and Lyft drivers are guilty of negligence as much as any other type of motorist. Some of the most common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents in Florida are as follows:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting while driving, looking at a GPS while driving, or otherwise driving while distracted
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Disobeying all other rules and regulations of the road
Uber/Lyft’s Liability Coverage
When someone is injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. For this reason, Uber and Lyft have a liability coverage system in place. The system is broken down into periods, and depending on the circumstances of your accident, you should be compensated in accordance with the period your accident falls into. Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage is as follows:
- Period 0: Period 0 is when an Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident and is not logged into the rideshare app. In this case, Uber/Lyft will not provide liability coverage.
- Period 1: When an Uber/Lyft driver is logged in to the app, though the driver has not yet accepted a ride and causes an accident, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage for up to $50,000 per person injured in the accident, $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability.
- Period 2: This is when the Uber/Lyft driver accepts a ride, is en route to pick up the passenger, and crashes. In this case, liability coverage increases to $1 million.
- Period 3: Period 3 is when an Uber/Lyft driver gets into a car accident while the passenger is in his/her car. When this happens, Uber/Lyft will provide $1 million in liability coverage, as well as limited coverage for damage to the driver’s car and uninsured motorists’ coverage.
Statute of Limitations in Florida
As with all other auto accident claims, if you’ve been injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, you must take legal action against the liable party within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for Uber/Lyft accident claims in Florida is, generally, four years, which means you cannot wait any longer than four years to sue. Our Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft accident lawyer is here to begin the claims process on your behalf today.
Contact Our Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer
When someone is injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, they cannot simply stand idly by and wait to see if their injuries heal on their own. They need to retain the services of a knowledgeable Hillsborough County Uber/Lyft accident lawyer who can work to fight for the compensation they deserve and need to heal. Contact The Frank Santini Law Firm so we can begin the claims process today.