Miami Lyft and Uber Car Accident Lawyers
If you suffered an injury in an accident that was caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Uber and Lyft are two popular transportation networking companies (TNCs) that permit people to request a ride by using a mobile application instead of hailing a taxi. They have become increasingly popular throughout South Florida.
Because there have been a number of incidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers in which passengers and pedestrians were injured or killed, and there was minimal insurance coverage for the victims and the victims’ families, both companies have been the subject of much controversy and opposition.
One such incident occurred in Miami, Florida, on December 27, 2015, when 20-year-old Pablo Sanchez, Jr. accepted a ride from an Uber driver while on the way home from a nightclub in Miami. According to Miami-Dade police, the accident occurred at 4:45 a.m. when the Uber driver was carrying Sanchez and three of his friends in a GMC Yukon as he attempted to turn left onto SW 144th Street. Police also said that the motorist in a Toyota Corolla that was headed south crashed into the Uber car and caused it to roll over and come to rest on a wall, as a result of which both vehicles burst into flames.
The accident claimed the life of Sanchez, who had become trapped, while the others were not severely injured. His family filed a lawsuit against Uber, the Uber driver and the owner of the Uber vehicle. They are questioning whether the Uber driver was distracted or fatigued.
Another fatal accident involving an Uber driver occurred in San Francisco, California, where a six-year-old girl was killed by an Uber driver while the girl was in a crosswalk. She lost her life after she, her younger brother and their mother were struck by a car on New Year’s Eve in 2013. When the collision occurred, the motorist was logged onto the Uber X smartphone app and was available to offer rides.
Initially, Uber attempted to evade responsibility by stating that the motorist was not working for Uber at the time of the crash because he did not have a passenger in his car. After much objection, Uber modified its policy so that it is currently liable for drivers when they are between fares. The family filed a lawsuit against Uber alleging that its app contributes to distracted driving, which caused the girl’s death. The family and Uber settled the case.
Unlike taxi companies, which employ drivers, and are fully insured in the event an accident occurs, ride-share companies, such as Uber, hire motorists who are independent contractors. They use their own cars and are allowed to use their own personal automobile insurance as liability coverage.
Some passengers, other motorists and pedestrians who have been injured due to the negligence of a ride-share driver have discovered that the motorists’ personal automobile insurance does not cover ride-sharing. The majority of motorists’ personal automobile insurance policies state that they do not cover accidents that take place when the policyholder was driving for compensation. Thus, you may not receive any coverage if you are injured by an Uber driver.
A fatal accident involving a Lyft driver occurred on the afternoon of Halloween 2015, when he failed to yield the right of way, and instead made a left turn into Loiner “Leo” Perez, who was riding a motorcycle. The accident occurred at Northeast 1st Avenue and 36th Street in Miami, and claimed the life of Perez, who was 29 years old. Mrs. Perez alleges that Lyft hires distracted and fatigued drivers who have not been trained.
If you suffer an injury in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you should follow the same procedure as you would if you were in any other kind of accident. You should seek medical attention immediately, file a police report, and make a note of the accident. If a representative from the other motorist’s insurance company contacts you, do not agree to provide a recorded statement, and do not sign anything or accept a settlement offer. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik to represent you.