Rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, have made it possible for millions of people to travel from place to place with ease. While most of these rides are routine and uneventful, rideshare accidents can happen and leave you with severe injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, you may wonder who will pay for your medical costs and lost income. A Fort Pierce rideshare accident attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can navigate your collision’s aftermath and pursue what you need.
The Statute of Limitations for Rideshare Accident Lawsuits in Florida
The majority of people immediately file insurance claims following a rideshare accident. This way, they can quickly learn whether they need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Your lawsuit comes with a filing deadline under Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). You generally have four years to file your case.
If you miss the filing deadline or the statute of limitations, you typically lose your opportunity to sue and collect compensation for your losses. For that reason, we encourage you to consult our team as soon as possible. We can review your case and file it within the appropriate period.
Pursuing Compensation from a Rideshare Company Can Be Difficult
When you suffer harm in a collision involving a commercial vehicle, you can generally pursue compensation from the driver’s employer. However, this isn’t necessarily the case with all rideshare accident claims. That’s because Uber and Lyft don’t consider their drivers to be employees but instead, independent contractors.
While rideshare companies offer insurance coverage, your options depend on the rideshare driver’s status. Consider the following:
If the Driver Wasn’t on the App
If you were hit by a rideshare driver, and they weren’t on the app, you would proceed with a claim without regard to the rideshare aspect.
The App Was On, and the Driver Was Available for Rides
The rideshare service provides some liability coverage if the driver’s personal insurance does not apply.
The Driver Was Actively Completing a Request
Uber and Lyft usually provide liability insurance up to $1,000,000, uninsured motorist insurance, and comprehensive and collision coverage. However, the rideshare driver must be in the process of completing a request for this coverage to apply.
Understanding your coverage options can get complicated. You may wonder whether your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage applies. Our team will evaluate your financial recovery options and move forward with a suitable plan of action.
What You Can Expect By Partnering with Our Fort Pierce Injury Team
As noted, it’s challenging to navigate the legal system after suffering grievous harm. That’s where the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can take your stress off your shoulders. During our partnership, you can expect us to:
Manage Your Case on a Contingency-Fee Basis
As you miss time from work and require medical care, you may have concerns about affording legal help. Yet, our team serves Floridians on a contingency-fee basis. Working with our team doesn’t require you to pay retainers or upfront costs. Compensation for our help comes from the financial recovery we secure for you.
During your free case review, we can discuss this payment plan in more detail. We can also talk about other aspects of your case, including how long it could take to resolve.
Pursue Compensation for Your Injury-Related Hardships
Compensation in your case could account for:
- Lost income, tips, and other revenue streams
- Medical expenses
- Property damage costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Rehabilitative care
- Childcare fees
- Temporary transportation arrangements
Your damages’ value depends on many aspects unique to your situation. Our injury team will take those aspects into consideration when calculating what you’re owed.
Explain Your Next Steps
You may have questions about what to do after your rideshare accident. We will provide specific advice following your free case review. In the meantime, some general suggestions for rideshare accident claimants include:
- Requesting a copy of the accident report from St. Lucie County. If the police came to your accident, they likely filed a report, documenting the details of your crash. We encourage you to request a copy of this document and check it for accuracy.
- Seek medical help. Your injuries will likely not heal on their own. By consulting with a doctor, you put your health and well-being first. Also, the information you get during your recovery period can bolster your claim, such as your imaging scan and lab test results.
- Leave insurance-related matters to your lawyer. The rideshare company’s insurer wants to resolve your case as soon as possible. To do this, it may pressure you into accepting less money than you need or blame you for the incident altogether. By leaving all insurance matters to your lawyer, you don’t have to worry about accidentally jeopardizing your case.
Handle All Communications
When you don’t have a lawyer, you may have to share information with insurance representatives, rideshare company employees, and other involved parties. This can quickly get overwhelming. Yet, our team will answer all case-related phone calls and emails so you can focus on getting better.
Fight for What You Need
Whether through an insurance claim or lawsuit, our team is committed to fighting for what you need. We will do everything in our power to prove fault and hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Is Ready to Start Your Case
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine have been fighting for accident victims since 2006. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we want to do the same for you.
During your free case review, we will listen to your circumstances and explore your legal options. Don’t manage the complexities of your case alone. We’re here to handle all of the ins and outs of the legal process on your behalf.
To get started, call us now.
We Can Help.