Jacksonville Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident in Jacksonville, determining who is liable for your injuries can be confusing. You can count on our team of skilled Jacksonville Uber accident attorneys to prove your claim and fight for the damages you deserve. Call us today at (904) 549-6434 to talk to an experienced Uber accident lawyer and learn about your legal options.
If you’ve been injured in a Jacksonville car accident involving a rideshare driver, you’re not alone. Rideshare companies advertise their services as safe, convenient transportation options, but national statistics show that Uber and Lyft have not made the roadways safer. In fact, a study by the University of Chicago found that the advent of rideshare services is related to an approximate three percent increase in traffic fatalities.
Jacksonville was the first city in Florida to receive Uber services in 2014. A recent U.S. News & World Report study analyzed traffic patterns from 2016 to 2020 and found that the Bold City is fifth in the nation for motor vehicle accident deaths despite a heavy rideshare presence.
If you have been injured as a rideshare driver or passenger or a rideshare vehicle struck you, you can trust the experience of our award-winning Uber and Lyft accident attorneys. Protecting you and your family since 1979, our firm has the experience that makes all the difference. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.
What To Expect From Our Experienced Jacksonville Rideshare Attorneys
Our trusted Jacksonville rideshare accident lawyers will rise to the occasion and fight tirelessly for you to receive the maximum compensation you deserve. We have won over $2 billion in compensation for our clients, and our results are no accident. They happen because of our caring, understanding, and hard work.
We are a family-centered rideshare accident law firm, and we pride ourselves on helping those who need it most. We treat every client with honesty, dignity, and respect. We live and work by an open-door policy to ensure we are there for you to answer your calls and address your concerns when you need us.
Our nationally recognized attorneys work together as teammates rather than competitors because that gets clients the best results. When you hire our compassionate and devoted attorneys at Farah & Farah, we will work around the clock to get you the results you deserve.
With Team Farah on your side, you can focus on what is most important—your health and your family—while we take care of the legal details. We will handle all facets of your case, including the following:
We do all of this and more without charging any upfront fees. You pay nothing unless and until we win.
Our Homegrown Roots
Jacksonville is special to us at Farah & Farah because it is our home and where we opened our first law office more than four decades ago. We feel a moral obligation to give back to the people of Jacksonville, and we do that through community involvement, charitable giving, and volunteerism.
One of the programs we are most proud of is our Safe Ride Home Program. Every year, during holidays and events where partygoers are tempted to drink and drive, we provide free vouchers through Uber and local taxi companies. We have given away more than 8,900 vouchers to date.
We have also established the Empowering Greatness academic scholarship program for promising high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.
Our law firm also supports organizations that help homeless veterans, disabled people, and more. Our individual Jacksonville personal injury attorneys also support many worthy causes on their own. Community involvement is just one of many ways we show how much we care.
Who Is Liable in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Like most car accidents, multiple parties may be liable. We will do a complete investigation to identify all liable parties, which may include the following:
Identifying all the liable parties is one of the most important jobs of an experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer. Contact us today to start your claim.
What if the Uber or Lyft Driver Is at Fault?
The driver is liable whether on or off duty. When at-fault rideshare drivers are off duty, their personal insurance policies will cover any accidents. However, when the at-fault drivers are on duty, Uber and Lyft’s insurance will provide coverage. The law considers a rideshare driver on duty when the driver has logged into the rideshare company’s network and the driver’s status is any of the following:
In Florida, rideshare companies currently cannot be held liable for the driver’s negligence because drivers are considered independent contractors rather than employees. However, Uber and Lyft can be held liable for their own negligence.
For example, rideshare companies must perform background checks and maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward drug and alcohol use. They may be held liable if they allow bad drivers to continue providing services after they know or should have known a driver is unqualified.
What if Another Party Is at Fault?
If you are riding in an Uber struck by another vehicle, the at-fault driver is liable. However, it is common for multiple parties to be at fault for an accident. We will investigate to determine who played any role in the accident. We will pursue claims against the insurers for all responsible parties, whether the rideshare driver, the rideshare company, another driver, or some other party.
Damages You Can Recover for a Jacksonville Uber or Lyft Accident
When you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Jacksonville, you may be eligible to recover monetary damages for your financial and emotional losses. Compensation for these types of losses is known as economic and non-economic damages, respectively. These damages may include the following:
In rare cases, you may also qualify for punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded as a punishment against a defendant when you have clear and convincing evidence of deliberate misconduct or gross negligence. For example, they may be awarded if the defendant was driving drunk.
Build a Strong Uber or Lyft Accident Case Before Deadlines Expire
A change in Florida law means the clock is ticking faster than ever. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Florida, including those against Uber or Lyft, has dropped from four years to two. Missing this deadline could lock you out of compensation for your injuries.
Don’t let the deadline dictate your actions. Taking action early gives you the best chance to build a stronger case and can assist you in the following ways:
Don’t let time be your opponent and contact Farah & Farah today for a free consultation. We’ll guide you through every step, ensuring your Uber or Lyft accident claim is filed within the deadline and protected with the strongest possible legal representation.
How Does Lyft and Uber Insurance Work in Jacksonville?
Insurance claims in a rideshare accident are more challenging than in other accidents because coverage varies according to the driver’s status at the time of the accident. State law requires Uber and Lyft to provide records showing the driver’s status to interested parties. Our resourceful Jacksonville Uber lawyers can get these records for you.
These records will tell us whether the driver was off duty, transporting a passenger, or logged into the app waiting for a passenger. We’ll also learn how much insurance coverage is available when the driver is at fault. The differences in coverage are significant, as shown below:
How Should I Handle a Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?
Insurance companies are wealthy corporations that invest significantly to avoid paying accident victims fair compensation, especially when the policy and potential damages are large. It is common for insurance companies to offer a quick settlement after your accident.
This settlement offer is almost always a premature, lowball offer. If you accept it, you will sign away your right to ask for more later if your damages are higher than you realized.
When you are severely injured, it can take weeks or months to determine your injuries’ true extent and cost. Unrepresented accident victims often accept this offer because they have urgent financial needs brought on by the accident, but this is usually a mistake that costs them tens or hundreds of thousands in compensation.
A lowball offer is just one of many tactics insurance companies use to minimize the damages they pay. Other underhanded tactics include minimizing your injuries, blaming you for the accident, and stalling.
With more than four decades of experience, our seasoned Uber and Lyft attorneys in Jacksonville can anticipate these tactics ahead of time and beat them at their own game. Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you when you get hurt. Call us today at (904) 549-6434, and let us put our experience to work for you.
Contact Farah & Farah for a Free Consultation on Your Rideshare Accident Claim
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation from those responsible. You may even be able to pursue a claim under Uber or Lyft’s insurance. You could recover substantial compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain, and suffering. Our caring and skilled Uber insurance lawyers are ready to fight for every penny you deserve.
Insurance companies will have experienced lawyers, and you should, too. Let us go to work for you. Call our talented Jacksonville rideshare attorneys today at (904) 549-6434 to schedule a free case evaluation.
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