Uber and Lyft Accidents in Florida

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017


You’re being responsible on a night out. You’re using Uber. You’re not driving under the influence. But out of nowhere, another driver’s negligence causes a crash and now you’re injured- and you did nothing wrong. So what do you do if you are injured in an Uber car accident in Florida? What are your legal rights as a passenger if the other driver was at fault?

When another driver’s negligence induces injury to an Uber passenger, medical bills and lost wages are partially covered by your PIP policy (if you have one). However, if you fail to seek medical treatment within 14 days of the car accident, you lose your PIP benefits.

PIP is limited to $2,500 if you are not diagnosed with an Emergency medical condition.

If you were injured in an accident while riding as a passenger and your Uber or Lyft driver was not at fault, the insurance policy carried by the Uber or Lyft vehicle will often cover the entirety of your injury claim. However, complex insurance issues often arise in ride share car accidents. Multiple auto insurance and liability policies from various companies and individuals may be involved, which will make the process more intricate than any usual car accident between non-commercial drivers. In addition, the parties involved and who is at-fault will have an affect on the process. It’s important to get in touch with experienced attorneys who have dealt with such cases before and are therefore familiar with the various issues that may arise.

In order to better understand what sort of issues may arise, you may want to take a look at the following requirements for a ride share service such as Uber below.

Safety requirements for Uber in Florida are the following:

For the vehicle:

  • Model year 2005 or newer
  • Four-door vehicle or minivan
  • Good condition
  • No cosmetic damage
  • No comercial branding
  • Pass vehicle inspection
  • Official or temporary registration documents
  • VIN on insurance information matches VIN on vehicle registration
  • Insurance policy

For the driver:

  • At least 21 years old
  • At least one year driving experience in the U.S. if 23 or older, at least three years if younger than 23.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Eligible four-door vehicle.
  • Have proof of registration and insurance.
  • Online screening process; review of applicant’s driving record and criminal record.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or ridesharing service, don’t waste time. You only have 14 days to take action. Don’t get taken advantage of. Speak to a team of legal experts today and start recovering your benefits instantly. We built a network who gets on it fast, so you can get back to you. Call us at 1-800-INJURED today, or fill in your information to receive a FREE consultation faster than you can imagine!