Miami Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
Advocating for Victims of Rideshare Accidents in Florida
Over the years, the American taxi industry has transformed. Thanks to rideshare services like Uber and Lift, more Americans than ever before are working as professional drivers. Rideshare services allow almost anyone to work as a taxi driver full time or to supplement their income. Uber and Lyft have capitalized on the “gig economy”—a business model that provides workers with short-term, task-based jobs rather than a regular 9-5 shift. Since drivers for Uber and Lyft are technically independent contractors, determining liability for a rideshare accident can be difficult without help.
However, it is a fact that Uber and Lyft have a responsibility to make sure that they’re hiring safe and responsible drivers. If a rideshare driver injures you, then the rideshare company is responsible for covering your medical costs, lost wages, and more. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A wants to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our Miami Lyft and Uber accident lawyers hold companies accountable for unsafe hiring and business practices, and we've won hundreds of millions for our clients as a result.
For help with a Florida Uber or Lyft accident claim, call us today at (305) 770-6335. The consultation is free, and we’re ready to explain your options.
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Miami
In 2016, Miami-Dade County capped the number of traditional taxicabs at 2,200. With the demand created by this cap, Uber signed up more than 10,000 local drivers in just 2 years. This growth was one of the fastest expansions of rideshare drivers in the nation. To keep these drivers available and motivated to complete trips, Uber and Lyft incentivized drivers to complete a certain number of trips within a specific time window. As a result, drivers would be motivated to drive longer shifts to earn a driving bonus.
As long a person has a car, insurance, and a license, they can drive for Uber and Lyft. Since neither Uber nor Lyft train their drivers, they may lack skill, care, or experience—none of which is indicated by the app. Uber and Lyft must ensure drivers have clean driving records and are properly vetted. Without a rigorous vetting process, riders may end up with a tired, inexperienced, or dangerous driver.
Common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents in the Miami area include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver’s unfamiliarity with an area
- Aggressive driving
- Poorly maintained vehicles
Need an Attorney After a Florida Uber or Lyft Accident?
The complexity of Uber or Lyft's insurance policies means you should have an attorney to ensure you’re receiving fair compensation after an accident. For example, both rideshare companies have insurance policies for accidents that provide up to $1,000,000 in liability coverage. However, coverage varies depending on the status of the rideshare driver.
Circumstances that affect Uber and Lyft liability coverage include:
- Whether the rideshare app is on or off
- If the driver’s app was on and they were available for a ride
- If the driver was completing a trip
Essentially, a driver’s status in a rideshare app during an accident can change insurance coverage. Hiring an attorney will help ensure that your Uber or Lyft accident claim is handled properly. Additionally, a Miami rideshare accident lawyer can help you file claims with the company’s insurance policy as well as the driver’s personal insurance policy.
Call Miami Lyft & Uber Accident Lawyers at (305) 770-6335
If you’ve suffered losses because of an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver’s negligence, you deserve compensation. At Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A, we’re proud to advocate for clients who've been injured or harmed by unsafe practices. Since 1984, our firm has been synonymous with genuine and compassionate advocacy at the highest levels of litigation. Our firm has handled some of the highest-profile cases in national history, securing historic results for our clients.
We believe that no one should suffer because of an accident they didn’t cause. We’ll listen to your case and advise you on your next steps in a free consultation. If you choose to entrust your case to us, you'll pay nothing upfront—our firm only takes a fee if we win your case. At Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A, we limit our caseload to ensure that each case receives the investment of time, resources, and attention that it needs to succeed. We’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients using this approach, and it's the same approach we'll use for your case.
You’ll only find out how much we can help you if you reach out right now at (305) 770-6335!