Rideshare Accidents

St. Augustine Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Fighting For Uber & Lyft Accident Victims in Florida

Break through the challenges of an Uber or Lyft accident claim or lawsuit with the assistance of Canan Law. Our team of St. Augustine rideshare accident attorneys is always ready to fight major corporations and insurance companies for our clients. We take pride in making difficult injury cases easier for people in need of reliable legal representation, as well as securing large settlements or awards where other law firms might have backed down.

Contact us online or dial (904) 849-2266 if you were in an Uber or Lyft accident as a passenger or another driver. Our rideshare accident lawyer in St. Augustine is here to help you.

Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Some of the most common causes of rideshare accidents may include:

  • Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of rideshare accidents is distracted driving. Drivers may be occupied with their smartphones, GPS devices, or even conversations with passengers. Such distractions can result in delayed reaction times and, ultimately, accidents.
  • Driver Fatigue: Rideshare drivers often work long hours to meet demand, leading to driver fatigue. Fatigued drivers are more inclined to make mistakes, fall asleep at the wheel, or have diminished concentration, all of which contribute to an increased risk of accidents.
  • Traffic Violations: Rideshare drivers, like any other motorists, are susceptible to traffic violations such as speeding, running red lights, and improper lane changes. These violations can lead to collisions, putting both drivers and passengers at risk.
  • Inadequate Background Checks: Rideshare companies are responsible for ensuring that their drivers are qualified and have clean driving records. Inadequate background checks may allow individuals with a history of reckless driving or other concerning behaviors to become rideshare drivers, posing a potential threat to passengers.
  • Vehicle Maintenance Issues: Neglected maintenance of rideshare vehicles can lead to mechanical failures, raising the likelihood of accidents. Brakes, tires, and other essential components must be regularly checked and maintained to assure the safety of both drivers and passengers.

Common Injuries in a Rideshare Accident

Our law firm provides legal representation to people who have been seriously injured in rideshare accidents. You can depend on us if you were a passenger who was inside an Uber or Lyft when it was in a crash, whether it was caused by the rideshare driver or not. We can also help if you were driving your own car when a rideshare driver smashed into you due to their negligence.

Let us know if you were seriously injured and suffered a:

How To Establish Liability in a Rideshare Accident?

You might be able to get compensation from the rideshare company that was paying the rideshare driver when the accident occurred. Both Uber and Lyft carry substantial insurance policies that can pay for damages and help people recover, so the companies can save their reputations.

Not everyone injured by a rideshare driver can access these insurance policies, though. It depends on when the accident took place and what the rideshare driver was doing.

Uber’s insurance policy – which is strikingly similar to Lyft’s – is sorted into three stages:

  • First: In the first stage, the Uber driver does not have their app turned on or is marked as unavailable. Uber won’t pay anything for an accident that happens at this stage. Injured parties will have to pursue a claim filed against the driver’s personally purchased auto insurance policy.
  • Second: In the second stage, the Uber driver is using the app and is actively looking for a fare. If a crash happens, then Uber can offer a 50/100/25 policy, but only if the driver’s insurance won’t apply.
  • Third: In the third stage, the Uber driver has a passenger or has accepted a fare and is on the way to pick them up. Uber has a large $1,000,000 third-party liability policy during this stage that can help cover damages experienced by everyone involved. The third stage of coverage also has uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance and contingent comprehensive and collision coverage.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Rideshare Accident Claim?

When involved in a rideshare accident, victims could face physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial hardships. Pursuing a legal claim is essential for seeking compensation for the damages incurred. Here are the potential damages that can be recovered in a rideshare accident claim:

  • Medical Expenses: Victims of rideshare accidents often incur substantial medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing treatment. Compensation may cover both present and future medical costs related to the accident.
  • Lost Wages: If the accident results in injuries that stop the victim from working, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This includes not only current lost income but also potential future earnings if the injuries have a lasting impact on the victim's ability to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Physical injuries and emotional distress resulting from a rideshare accident can have a profound impact on a victim's quality of life. Compensation for pain and suffering seeks to address the intangible damages experienced by the victim.
  • Property Damage: In the event of a rideshare accident, damage to the victim's vehicle or personal property is common. Compensation may be sought to cover the restoration or replacement costs of the damaged property.
  • Wrongful Death: In tragic occasions where a rideshare accident leads to the loss of a loved one, surviving family members could pursue a wrongful death claim. Compensation can include funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and the emotional toll on the surviving family members.

Contact Our Rideshare Accident Lawyers in St. Augustine Today

Uber and Lyft rides are often scheduled late at night and on the weekends. Does that mean you need to wait until the next business day to get legal help after a rideshare accident? Not if you work with us. At Canon Law, we have convenient availability to talk whenever you need us the most.

Schedule a consultation with our St. Augustine rideshare accident attorneys online or call (904) 849-2266 today!

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