Who is responsible for my injuries? Uber or the driver?
Does my insurance policy cover me? And if not, does the driver’s?
What legal options do I have?
Should I call a Jacksonville car accident attorney?
Contact the Jacksonville rideshare accident attorneys at Farah & Farah if you’re considering any of these questions. Whether you were in the car when the collision happened, crossing the street when you were hit, or in another car that got hit, you have legal rights.
The last thing most Jacksonville residents think about when hopping into a rideshare is being in a car accident. Most of the time, you’re thinking of your upcoming trip or about your night on the town.
But rideshare wrecks do happen – a recent study revealed that the rise of ridesharing has led to a 3% increase in car crashes, including 987 fatal rideshare-related car accidents in a one-year period.
One of the biggest obstacles that victims of automobile accidents involving Lyft or Uber drivers face is the fact that drivers aren’t technically employees (they’re officially employed as independent contractors). Rideshares use this loophole to absolve themselves from any wrongdoing, stating that the at-fault driver is an outside contractor that uses their technology to pick up fares.
That said, ridesharing companies have begun the slow march toward accepting responsibility by providing limited liability coverage in certain circumstances to both the driver and potential rider.
Insurance coverage when riding a Lyft depends on factors such as when the Lyft driver picked you up, what kind of private insurance policy the driver has, and whether Lyft is covering you at the moment.
Rideshares rely on a complex claim filing system that roadblocks your recovery. Having a Jacksonville rideshare accident lawyer on your side can help you find the best path forward.
When we step into rideshare, we often take for granted that our Uber or Lyft driver has complete control over our fate. A car accident is likely the last thing on our minds. We have contacted a driver because we need help quickly. However, many drivers are not adequately vetted and may not be suitable drivers.
The same risks that affect motorists can affect you as a passenger. If your driver is under the influence or tired from pulling a long shift, they may be more likely to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, because their tip amount can change depending on the quality of their service, they may not drive with everyone’s best interests at heart.
Some common causes for rideshare accidents in Jacksonville include:
Rideshare drivers are often in a hurry to get to the next destination. Sometimes drivers feel the need to speed up or drive dangerously to “make up” for lost time after being in traffic.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, many drivers turn to recreational drugs like marijuana, alcohol, or other substances while working to numb the boredom of long hours driving.
Being a rideshare driver requires being able to follow directions while driving unfamiliar roads. Distracted driving is a part of the job for many drivers as they talk to passengers and use their phones for navigation.
Many people underestimate the effect that weather can have on their ability to drive safely. As any resident of Jacksonville knows, the weather can change without notice and create dangerous conditions for any driver.
One of the allures of working as a rideshare driver is that you get to set your own hours. However, the cost of gas and wear and tear can quickly cut into your bottom line. As a result, many drivers work long uninterrupted shifts during peak hours to maximize their pay.
You may not know where to turn after being involved in a ridesharing accident in the Jacksonville area. On top of recovering from your injuries, you may be dealing with a complicated claims process from companies that stonewall your suffering.
You shouldn’t have to fight alone.
The Jacksonville, FL, car accident lawyers at Farah & Farah remain up to date on all changes involving ridesharing services in the state of Florida. We are fully prepared to represent your case when the time comes. Our lawyers are committed to doing what’s right. That’s why you won’t owe a cent unless we win your case.