Were you Injured in a Florida Rideshare Accident?
Companies like Uber and Lyft have become widely popular. According to BusinessofApps.com, 14 million Uber trips are completed everyday around the world. Rideshare companies are now a way of life for people everywhere and offer convenience and affordability. Recently, Uber.com reported gross revenue in Florida at more than $870 million based on a 2017 study by the Economic Development Research Group.
But what happens if you’re involved in an Uber car wreck or Lyft accident? Can you sue a rideshare company if you were involved as a passenger in an accident?
If you were hurt, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. As your Uber and Lyft accident attorneys, we will review the information you give us and help you determine if you have a claim to pursue.
Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have personal auto insurance coverage, and rideshare companies provide their drivers with liability insurance for injured third party accident victims. Whether your rideshare driver was at fault, or even if the accident was caused by another driver, it’s important that your medical bills are paid and that you are compensated for your losses.
Uber and Lyft accidents can create confusion and misinformation. When you come to Legler, Murphy, and Battaglia, LLP after an Uber wreck or Lyft accident, we will navigate through the information you’ve gathered and represent you so you can move forward and recover from your injuries.
The first thing we usually do is answer common questions drivers injured in a rideshare accident have.
What should you do if your Uber driver gets in an accident?
- Call the police. It’s important to obtain a police report, and have information recorded, especially if your rideshare driver was at fault.
- Get medical attention if needed. You may not be aware of all your injuries, as adrenaline caused by accidents can mask symptoms and pain. Pay attention to any changes in your body as time progresses.
- Be cautious about anything you say. Unfortunately, information can be turned around and used against you. Prevent this by not apologizing, giving details, or blaming yourself.
- Gather insurance information and identification of the other driver involved in the collision, as well as your rideshare driver.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident. Give only facts.
- Stay at the scene of the accident until medical help arrives and you have obtained all the necessary documentation. After a car wreck, there is often a lot of waiting. The process can be exhausting. The last thing you want to do is stand there for hours, but don’t give in to temptation. It’s vital that you stay at the scene until the police report is filed and you have a written record of events if you want compensation for your injuries. If your injuries are severe, you will need to be taken by ambulance to a hospital so your injuries can be treated properly.
- Document information. Gather as many details as possible. What time did the accident happen? How did it happen? What damage did it cause to vehicles involved? When did you notice your injuries? What areas of your body did you experience pain in and how did they appear physically?
- Take pictures with your cell phone. Pictures are valuable to your case and will be helpful in providing evidence in case the driver changes the story later.
- Ask for witnesses to make a statement, and document it on your phone. Get their name and phone number in case you need to contact them at a later time.
Why hire a Florida Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney?
At Legler, Murphy, and Battaglia, LLP we are experienced in winning cases for victims of rideshare accidents. We also handle cases involving rideshare drivers convicted of a DUI. We know Uber and Lyft accidents can be complicated, and we use our knowledge to investigate and gather crucial evidence needed to establish liability. We will negotiate with insurance companies and work to pursue your case. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit against the rideshare company on your behalf.
Sarasota and Bradenton Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault attorneys
We fight and win rideshare sexual assault cases
Because we are accustomed to dealing with lawsuits involving rideshare companies, we also handle Uber and Lyft sexual assault personal injury cases.
Uber reported more than 3,000 sexual assaults on their rides in 2018. In 2019, The New York Times reported that Lyft was also sued by women accusing their drivers of sexually assaulting them.
Sexual assault is a crime. It is defined as unwanted sexual contact forced upon a person without consent or who is unable to give consent. Women who are victimized may be alone or intoxicated at the time of the assault and many may wonder if they have a legitimate case for a lawsuit.
At Legler, Murphy, and Battaglia, LLP, we understand this is a difficult time for you, and we will listen and help you determine if you have an Uber or Lyft sexual assault case. You should have been protected and you should never have to go through this, but we will guide you in getting justice. Many of the victims we help need to know how to classify the type of sexual abuse they suffered, and we also help them do this.
If you are a victim of sexual assault from a rideshare driver, you have options and you are not alone.
Talk to a Sarasota and Bradenton Uber accident lawyer and personal injury attorney today
To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at Legler Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, call one of our Florida offices: Bradenton at 941-748-5599 or Sarasota at 941-366-3782. You can also contact us online.
If you are injured or recovering, let us come to your home, the hospital or another convenient location. We can also arrange transportation for you at no cost. There are no fees or costs until we win your case.