All drivers, including Uber and Lyft drivers, have the potential of being in accidents when they are transporting passengers. When passengers use these rideshare companies, they may not receive the same level of protection as they would in a taxi. There are important steps passengers must take immediately after being injured in a rideshare accident. Our experienced Fort Myers rideshare accident attorneys know the critical laws that govern Uber and Lyft and are available 24/7 to assist the injured.
Before initiating a case, there are important activities and information accident victims should gather from the scene of an accident which includes:
- Reporting the accident to law enforcement
- Checking for potential injuries and calling 9-1-1
- Getting the ridesharing driver's name, address, and phone number
- Getting the driver’s personal insurance information
- Getting the vehicle's information, i.e. registration number, make, model, and license plate number
- Getting witness names, addresses, and phone numbers
- Taking pictures and/or video of vehicle damage and the accident site
- Getting medical treatment
- Do not sign anything or contact your insurance company without speaking with Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. at 888.477.4839
Florida law requires all prospective rideshare drivers to submit criminal background and driving record checks before being approved to drive. Background checks are to be performed at least every three years. Drivers will not be approved if they are found to have the following:
- Listing on the federal sex offender public registry.
- Non-valid U.S. driver's license or vehicle registration.
- In the last three years, a conviction for driving without a valid license (either suspended or revoked).
- In the past five years, a conviction for a serious driving offense, such as a DUI or hit-and-run.
- Florida's law also has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for rideshare drivers.
"We hold Uber and Lyft responsible for negligent corporate policies and practices. We also challenge their assertions that they may not be liable for their drivers’ actions with aggressive representation. If you or a loved one is injured in a rideshare accident, please contact us immediately after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. There are no costs or fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.