Orlando Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
Filing a rideshare insurance claim can be confusing and intimidating after you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Orlando. Insurance coverage varies based on the driver’s status, and Uber and Lyft use large insurance companies with vast resources to fight claims. Our experienced Orlando Uber accident lawyers can navigate these complexities for you. Call us now at (407) 329-5054 to schedule a free consultation.
When you’ve been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft in Orlando, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Insurance companies often downplay the impact of injuries in an attempt to get out of paying fair compensation, but our Florida Uber and Lyft accident lawyers in Orlando have the skills and resources to defeat these tactics.
Uber launched in Orlando in June 2014 to offer a convenient alternative to public transportation, walking, bicycling, or driving. While this convenience is wildly popular, it comes with a price. The growing number of rideshare vehicles on the road has increased congestion, which is strongly linked to a rise in traffic accidents and fatalities.
Uber and Lyft drivers may be more prone to distracted driving because they must monitor a mobile app to gain customers. They often work long hours, and at least one study has identified a higher fatigue risk for rideshare drivers than those in other transportation jobs.
We have more than four decades of experience standing up to large insurance companies on behalf of injured car accident victims. Contact us today if you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident in Orlando.
Our Orlando Uber and Lyft Attorneys Are Here for You
Our hardworking Orlando rideshare injury attorneys understand the devastation and confusion a rideshare accident can cause. We have been helping injured car accident victims and grieving families since 1979. Our experience makes all the difference, and we are dedicated to helping those who need it most.
We are a friendly local personal injury law firm in Orlando that gets big firm results because our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers have access to all of the resources of our large law firm.
When you choose Farah & Farah, you will get a team of attorneys, paralegals, and professionals dedicated to helping you through this difficult time and obtaining the results you deserve. You can count on our compassionate Uber accident attorneys in Orlando to do the following and more for you:
- Investigate and gather evidence to prove who is at fault
- File insurance claims and deal with all the insurance companies
- Keep you informed of the status of your case and answer your calls
- Help you find medical care and other helping services
- Negotiate for the settlement you deserve
- Take the rideshare company and other responsible parties to court if they fail to offer fair compensation
The initial consultation is free, and we only charge fees if we win. We are here for you and here for good.
Our Clients Get Results
We have won more than $2 billion in damages for our clients. We win through caring, understanding, and hard work. Below are a few examples of our recent car accident case results:
- $2.5 million for a young woman who suffered neck injuries in a car accident
- $2.4 million for an injured driver who could not return to work
- $1.8 million for a father who became disabled from a low-impact car accident
- $1.4 million for a severely injured army veteran in a case the insurance company wanted to settle for $60,000
- $1.2 million for a client who could no longer work at a well-paying job after suffering cervical spine injuries in a car accident
- $1.1 million for a car accident client with disabling neck and back injuries
- $850,000 for an elderly client who needed neck surgery after a T-bone accident
Recoverable Damages for Orlando Uber and Lyft Accident Victims
The damages available in a rideshare accident in Orlando may include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages are the verifiable monetary losses resulting from the accident. Non-economic damages compensate for the subjective impacts on your quality of life, such as pain and suffering. You may be able to recover the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, or a family relationship
- Loss of bodily functions
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
Punitive damages are only available in limited circumstances when you have clear and convincing evidence of deliberate misconduct or gross negligence. Florida limits the punitive damages to $500,000 or three times your total economic and non-economic damages, whichever is greater.
How Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Laws Could Impact Your Rideshare Accident Case
Florida’s no-fault insurance laws do not affect your claim if you are injured as a rideshare passenger. In this case, the rideshare company’s insurance generally covers you. However, if you are driving another vehicle struck by an Uber or Lyft, you must file a claim under your personal injury protection policy first.
If your injuries meet Florida’s severe injury threshold, you may also be able to file a claim against Uber or Lyft. Florida law defines severe injuries as any of the following:
- Permanent loss of bodily functions
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Other permanent injuries
Permanent injuries that may meet the severe injury threshold include cognitive impairment stemming from traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and loss of use of a limb. Our knowledgeable Orlando car accident lawyers can analyze your injuries and, if they are severe, prove they meet this threshold.
If you are the passenger in another vehicle struck by a rideshare vehicle, you will generally have to file your first claim against the driver of the car you are occupying and meet the severe injury threshold before you can file a claim against the rideshare company or driver.
How Does Uber Insurance Apply to My Orlando Rideshare Accident?
If you qualify to file a claim based on the fault of the Uber driver, you may be able to file your claim against the driver, Uber, or both, depending on the available coverage and whether the driver is on duty at the time of the crash.
Uber Driver Is Not on the App
If the driver was off-duty during your accident, you can only file a claim against the driver. Florida law requires drivers to carry at least $10,000 in property damage liability in addition to no-fault insurance. Florida drivers are not required to carry bodily injury liability insurance.
If the driver’s insurance policy isn’t enough to cover all of your damages, you may be able to file an additional claim against your underinsured insurance policy.
When you choose our resourceful Orlando car accident lawyers, you can count on us to leave no stone unturned in our search for additional sources of compensation, including liable third parties, insurance policies, and Social Security Disability, if applicable.
Uber Driver Is Online and Awaiting a Passenger
State law requires Uber or the driver to provide commercial insurance coverage at all times while a driver is on duty. In addition to when the vehicle is transporting a passenger, the policy also covers times when the driver has logged into the rideshare app and is waiting for a customer to book a ride. The law requires either Uber or the driver to carry the following coverage at a minimum:
- $50,000 per person of bodily injury liability
- $100,000 per accident of Bodily injury liability
- $25,000 of Property damage liability
Uber Ride Occurring With a Passenger in the Vehicle
If the vehicle is transporting a passenger or on the way to pick up a passenger, state law requires rideshare companies to provide a minimum of $1 million in death, bodily injury, and property damage coverage. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is also required.
The law allows either the driver or the rideshare company to carry this insurance. If the driver does not carry the minimum insurance required by law, the rideshare company must provide it. In the event of an accident, all interested parties, including your attorney, are entitled to recover the rideshare company’s records showing the driver’s status at the time of the accident.
Do You Really Need an Attorney To File a Rideshare Accident Claim in Orlando?
While you are not required to hire a lawyer in order to file your rideshare accident claim against Uber or Lyft, navigating the process alone can be challenging. Rideshare companies will be covered by large insurance companies that fight to avoid paying legitimate compensation.
Insurance companies employ adjusters with significant insurance experience to handle claims. An adjuster may appear to be on your side. However, they are on the insurance company’s payroll and will act in the company’s interest.
Insurance adjusters won’t hesitate to take advantage of you and your unfamiliarity with insurance laws and procedures. They’ll pressure you to accept lowball offers, try to blame you for the accident, or accuse you of exaggerating your injuries. They may try to get you to provide a recorded statement and coax you to make statements they can use against you.
Don’t let the insurance company get away with it. Our caring and skilled Orlando Uber car accident lawyers can help you stop these tactics and hold the insurance company accountable to pay the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.
Don’t Let the Statute of Limitations Pass Without Filing Your Claim
The statute of limitations is a law that imposes a strict deadline for filing suit. The Florida statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years after the accident. You will be barred from pursuing your claim if your case is not filed on time.
A lawsuit becomes necessary when the insurance company refuses to resolve your claim fairly. Before a lawsuit can be filed, it will be necessary for a knowledgeable Orlando Uber lawyer to complete a comprehensive accident investigation and medical review. This process takes time, so don’t wait. Contact us now to protect your claim.
Contact Farah & Farah for Help With Your Rideshare Accident Claim
If you or your loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be able to file a claim for significant financial compensation for a limited time. Insurance companies have significant advantages over unrepresented individuals. They will have seasoned lawyers and adjusters fighting for them.
You also need counsel to fight for you. We have over four decades of experience recovering significant compensation for injured car accident victims. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call our dedicated Orlando Uber attorneys today at (407) 329-5054 to schedule your free consultation.
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