Transportation network companies, like Lyft and Uber, which match drivers with passengers in need of rides through a phone app, are a growing trend across the country. As more drivers sign up with Lyft to provide these rides, the potential for accidents involving injuries to passengers and others also grows. Drivers may be distracted while trying to find their matches, or they may not know an area well, leading to significant collisions with other motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. The Port St. Lucie Lyft accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston represent victims of these crashes in legal claims necessary to cover the costs associated with their injuries. Our attorneys have devoted their careers to ensuring that victims receive the compensation that they are entitled to obtain from those responsible for causing their harm. Although claims involving Lyft and its drivers are relatively new, our attorneys’ experience spans over three decades, giving our firm the resources and knowledge to pursue these types of cases vigilantly. If you have questions following a Lyft accident, contact our office today to discuss your potential legal claims.Ride-Sharing Accident Insurance Issues
Lyft drivers may use their own vehicles or rent a car to use solely for app-related trips. Either way, these drivers must obtain their own insurance policies pursuant to Florida law. In Florida, all drivers are required to carry insurance coverage meeting certain minimums, including $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) that is used toward a driver’s own injuries following an accident. However, there are no general insurance requirements regarding bodily injury liability, which would be applied to the costs of others injured in a serious accident. Since bodily injury liability coverage is not required in Florida, many Lyft drivers do not have adequate insurance coverage for passengers or others injured in a serious accident.
Lyft, as a company, however, does have its own insurance policies, which can cover up to one million dollars in damages for passengers who sustain injuries during the course of a ride. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always willing to apply this coverage. Often, they will argue that a policy does not cover certain accidents, especially those that occur between picking up passengers. When these policies do apply, they may not be enough to compensate victims for extensive medical treatment and other costs associated with their recovery, especially if more than one passenger is involved in a collision. In these instances, victims may need to retain a Lyft accident attorney in the Port St. Lucie area to pursue legal claims against responsible parties.Negligent Parties Responsible for Lyft Accident Injuries
An accident involving a Lyft driver can lead to significant injuries varying in degrees of severity, from broken bones and whiplash to traumatic brain injuries or even spinal cord damage, such as paraplegia. Making sure that the appropriate parties are held responsible for causing victims’ harm is important for protecting their futures. Personal injury claims are based on negligence, whereby one party has breached the duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under comparable circumstances. If a Lyft driver is speeding, texting, or otherwise acting unreasonably while driving, and this causes a collision, they can be found negligent. Lyft may also be held accountable for accidents in which it is directly liable for negligent hiring, such as instances in which a driver has a history of serious accidents or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Lyft may also be held vicariously liable in certain situations, even though the company does not classify its drivers as employees but instead as independent contractors who are able to make their own hours and work as they choose.Contact a Lyft Accident Lawyer in Port St. Lucie or Beyond
The injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston offer compassionate and knowledgeable legal services to people injured by a negligent Lyft driver. We serve clients across Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties, including in the cities of Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Jupiter. If you need legal guidance in the aftermath of a Lyft accident, call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost, risk-free appointment with a Port St. Lucie Lyft accident attorney to find out more about your legal rights and options.