Gone are the days of standing on a street corner, out in the elements, waving your hand at passing taxis to get a ride. Hailing a driver has become as easy as opening your favorite rideshare app. However, this convenience does not necessarily guarantee safety and things often go wrong.
Unlike a taxi driver, who is employed by a taxi company, rideshare drivers are shockingly not vetted in the same manner as taxi-drivers who undergo fingerprint based background checks. Furthermore, companies attempt to classify their drivers as independent contractors, in an effort to escape or reduce their liability for serious car collisions. You as a customer deserve better.
Lawyer for Rideshare Accidents in Florida
When you are injured in a Lyft/Uber ride share accident, the insurance agent for Lyft/Uber will likely contact you. Don’t be fooled, they do not represent your interests. It is recommended that you hire an expert attorney immediately after an accident that has the experience to litigate complex cases and advise you properly. Rather than being bombarded with phone calls from unsympathetic insurance companies, let the calls go to your attorney.
If you are not being treated fairly, the veteran trial attorneys at Abrams Justice Trial Attorneys will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and put the decision of your case in the hands of a jury of your peers. Call (305) 709-0880 to speak with our experienced litigators and let us evaluate your case. We proudly serve communities in the greater Miami-Dade area including Miami, Homestead, Hialeah, Pinecrest, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, North Miami, Doral, Coral Gables and Cutler Bay.
Florida Rideshare Information Center
Uber is the most recognizable rideshare company in the world. Uber’s success has not been without controversy, however. Since the company’s founding in 2009, Uber has been plagued by consumer lawsuits for a wide range of injuries.
Drivers for the company are covered up to $1 million per accident as long as that driver is at fault while:
- Their Uber app is on and they are waiting for a passenger request
- On their way to pick up a passenger.
- During trip to deliver passenger.
Lyft is Uber’s largest domestic competitor. While Lyft has not faced the controversy and scrutiny of Uber, their business model is the same and they are looking to limit liability in litigation using the same arguments.
Lyft also provides a 1 million dollar per accident insurance policy but that policy does not extend to drivers while they are on the app waiting for a passenger request like Uber’s policy
The rideshare model also helps rideshare companies skirt certain regulations that are designed to protect consumers. While taxi companies are required to run fingerprint/FBI background checks, Uber and Lyft both use a third party company that runs a less extensive background check that has been often found to be incomplete.
For instance, in Massachusetts, after a law was passed requiring rideshare drivers to submit to state background checks in addition to the rideshare company’s check, the state denied licenses to 8,000 that had passed Uber and Lyfts background checks for offenses ranging from suspended licenses to convictions for violent and sexual crimes. The state of Florida does not require additional background checks. (Retention rate? Uber 4% after 1 year; Lyft 75% after 1 year)
Florida Rideshare Statute – Florida has enacted a statute to regulate the rideshare industry. In the law, rideshare companies are referred to as “Transportation network companies.” The law covers minimum insurance, background checks, and driver disclosures. (Attach link to Miami-Dade Ride Share Ordiance here please)
Rideshare Statistics – The website statista.com has a large set of statistics regarding the rideshare industry. Standard metrics are included such as net revenue by company, market share of drivers, and gross booking volume. The site also includes data about brand awareness and user concerns.
Find a Rideshare Attorney in Florida
Abrams Justice Trial Attorneys is a family boutique litigation firm that treats its clients like family. Abrams Justice fights aggressively to make sure our clients are not taken advantage of. From pre-suit, to trial, to appeal the lawyers at Abrams Justice will handle your case every step of the way with a personal touch.
Serving the greater Miami-Dade area, including communities in Miami, Homestead, Hialeah, Pinecrest, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, North Miami, Doral, Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Abrams Justice Trial Attorneys and its attorneys are well experienced in all types of litigation. Call us at (305) 709-0880 and let us discuss your next steps. You are not alone.