Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Helping Clients Involved in Uber Accidents Across Florida
Ridesharing services have overtaken the taxi industry. Many Florida residents and tourists now rely upon Uber and Lyft as they would a taxi. However, ridesharing services differ in a number of crucial ways, and the laws governing this relatively new business model have not kept pace with the numerous unique liability questions. Those involved in an Uber crash can benefit from speaking with an experienced Fort Myers car accident lawyer.
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. is rooted in a tradition of excellent client service and strong ethics, while remaining always at the forefront of new legal issues. As the popularity of ride-hailing services continues to grow, we advocate for the safety of passengers and the public.
Our founding partner, Randall L. Spivey, is a Florida Board Certified civil trial attorney and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He applies his experience and skills to recovering the damages you deserve if you were injured in an Uber crash in Florida. Call (888) 477-4839 for a free consultation today.
Risks of Using Uber: What Passengers Should Know
Ridesharing services give Floridians and out-of-towners an important form of safe, reliable transportation. In fact, ridesharing services may even deter drunk driving by offering a viable alternative for a patron to get home. However, when you climb into the back of an Uber car, you do not receive the same level of protection as you do in a taxi.
Florida law does not currently require Uber to vet its drivers. However, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would bar ridesharing drivers who have received three traffic citations within the preceding three years of working for the ride-hailing company. The proposed laws would also require the company to conduct criminal background checks before hiring drivers.
Ridesharing Insurance Issues
The Uber corporation claims that its drivers are independent contractors instead of employees. This important distinction limits the company’s liability and has become a pressing legal issue that is still winding through the courts.
Before 2016, Uber was not required to provide insurance coverage for its drivers. Most drivers only carried the minimum PIP, which is not enough to pay damages in a serious accident. In addition, many drivers and their fares did not realize that the drivers’ policies did not cover commercial activities until it was too late - after an accident had already happened.
The Florida legislature passed a 2016 bill that mandated ridesharing services provide commercial coverage in line with taxi insurance. Uber now covers its drivers for:
- $1 million of liability insurance for a single accident that occurs from the moment the driver accepts a trip to the completion of the ride
- $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury insurance for a single accident if another motorist is to blame for a collision with an Uber driver or a hit-and-run crash
- Comprehensive and collision insurance up to value of the Uber driver’s vehicle with $1,000 deductible for accidents that occur during the trip
- A PIP policy that complies with Florida’s requirements for taxi drivers
- $50,000 per injured person, $100,000 total for all injured people per accident and $25,000 property damage that happens between trips
Our Fort Myers accident law firm holds Uber responsible for its negligent corporate policies and practices. We challenge Uber’s assertions that it is not liable for its drivers’ actions and pursue the maximum possible damages for your injuries.
Learn How Our Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages From Uber
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents victims injured in Uber accidents in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, all of Lee County, Charlotte County and Collier County, as well as Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Learn how our Fort Myers car accident lawyer can protect your rights and help you recover during your free consultation. Call (888) 477-4839 or contact us online today.