Ride-Share Accidents, Food Delivery Service Accidents & Car Sharing Accidents
Uber, Lyft and Ridesharing Accidents
As people increasingly look to ride-sharing and ride-hailing companies such as Uber or Lyft and other transportation network companies (TNCs) to get around and since those drivers typically log many miles on the road, car accidents involving a ride-share car inevitably occur.
Sometimes those accidents may occur while you are a passenger and another driver is at fault. Other times, you may be a passenger or in another vehicle altogether, and the accident results from the ride-share driver’s negligence.
Regardless of whether you were a passenger or in another vehicle, if the accident was due to another’s negligence, you are entitled to recover for your resulting injuries, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
As with any motor vehicle accident, it’s vital to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. It’s also useful to capture as many details as possible about the crash – photos, driver information, and other pertinent accident information.
Because it’s common that the ride-share driver may have a dash cam on board, it’s important to take note of that so prompt requests to preserve that video evidence can be made as soon as possible after the crash.
It’s also important to understand that if you are injured in an accident involving a ride-share driver, there is likely liability insurance coverage in place. Florida requires Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies whose drivers are actually carrying passengers (or are enroute to pick up riders) to provide a maximum of $1 million in available liability coverage for the protection of their customers and third parties.
Drivers logged on, but not carrying a passenger are also covered, although the liability policy limit is smaller. There is also uninsured motorist insurance protection when the accident results from the carelessness of an uninsured driver and there may also be insurance available through the driver’s own insurance.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a ride-hail vehicle, let the Uber accident lawyers and Lyft accident lawyers of Luhrsen Goldberg put their knowledge and experience to work for you and fight for the compensation and damages you deserve.
Uber Eats, DoorDash & Other Gig Delivery Drivers Accidents
Drivers who deliver food have become increasingly commonplace, especially since the pandemic. Since most companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates and others hire their drivers as independent contractors, the ability to pursue a claim for the injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages you suffered as a result of the carelessness of the food delivery driver can be complicated.
While the accident itself may be clear cut – the delivery driver was at fault and you suffered injuries as a result, finding appropriate coverage can be problematic.
Under the circumstances, it’s important to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Uber Eats accident lawyer or DoorDash accident attorney to help assess your claim and who may be responsible for it.
Given the potential complexity, it is important to:
- Let us know if the other driver was working at the time;
- Gather as much information about the accident, the driver, the scene, etc. as possible; and
- Take photos and note of anything that indicates whom the driver was delivering for, whether the driver was in the process of making a food delivery or if the driver was en route to pick up a delivery.
The latter details are important since the different food delivery service companies provide their drivers with different protections. Uber Eats provides coverage similar to the coverage it provides its Uber drivers; that is, up to $1 million in liability coverage for accidents that occur while making a delivery or en route to pick up a delivery, but more limited coverage when the driver is just available or waiting for a delivery request.
Dashers by contrast must carry their own primary insurance with minimum limits that DoorDash supplements when the driver is on an actual delivery (which covers the time from when the delivery request was accepted until the order is marked delivered). Another factor is that many personal automobile policies now specifically exclude coverage for accidents that happen if the insured was using his car to make deliveries, though they may be able to obtain special coverage for delivery work.
Given the complexities of accidents involving food delivery drivers, it is important to contact an experienced Uber Eats or DoorDash delivery accident attorney promptly after the accident. Let us put our experience and diligence to work to protect you and uncover the information needed to help you recover from the injuries and other damages you sustained in an accident with a food service delivery driver.
TURO & Getaround Car Accidents
Car-sharing has arrived in Florida. Much like AirBnB which connects people with extra bedrooms, homes, and places to stay, there are now car-sharing services.
These peer-to-peer car-sharing businesses connect private vehicle owners looking to make some extra cash with prospective renters in need of a vehicle. Turo and getaround are two of the car-sharing options in Florida.
For those involved in an accident involving a Turo car or a getaway vehicle, it is important to contact one of Luhrsen Goldberg’s knowledgeable Turo car accident attorneys or getaway accident lawyers right away.
We’ll put our years of personal injury and car accident legal knowledge to work for you together with our experience handling car-sharing accident injury cases. As with many of these new alternative modes of transportation, an understanding of the applicable insurance coverages is critical. While both companies operate similarly the insurance coverages differ.
Let us put our experience to work to help protect you and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.