Gainesville Rideshare Accidents Attorneys
Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular in Gainesville. With millions of tourists visiting this area every year, ridesharing services are a convenient way for both residents and visitors to get around. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers are at just as much risk of being involved in a car accident than any other motorist on the road. If you were hurt in a crash involving an Uber, Lyft, or other service, our Gainesville rideshare accidents attorney can provide the sound legal advice you need.
Our Attorney Can Determine Liability After a Crash
Determining which party is liable after a rideshare accident is very difficult. When another driver was at fault for the crash, you can file a claim with their insurance company. Passengers in Uber and Lyft vehicles are never at fault for an accident, so if you were riding in a ridesharing vehicle at the time, you can recover compensation. However, if the ridesharing driver was not on duty at the time, it is their own personal insurance that is liable for paying damages.
In the event that the ridesharing driver had their app turned off at the time of the crash, they are not technically working and so, the ridesharing companies cannot be held liable for paying damages. On the other hand, if the ridesharing driver has their app on and is available to take a passenger, you can file a claim with both the driver’s personal insurance company, as well as with the ridesharing company. The ridesharing service will provide up to $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident. Ridesharing services will also provide up to $25,000 in property damage coverage.
If the ridesharing driver was carrying a passenger at the time and they caused a crash, the ridesharing service will be liable for paying damages. Uber and Lyft both offer up to $1 million in liability insurance. While this amount sounds like a lot, it is important to know that insurers covering ridesharing services will not want to pay out a large settlement. It is important to work with a attorney that knows how to hold these insurers accountable.
Our Attorney Will Collect Important Evidence
Just like after any other type of car accident, the insurance companies for the ridesharing service will require extensive evidence that proves your claim. Many ridesharing services use electronic records and GPS to determine where their drivers are located while they are working. Many drivers also have dash cams and other recording devices that record outside traffic, as well as which passengers are entering and exiting the vehicle.
All of this evidence is critical to your claim, but it is also difficult to collect it while you are recovering from serious injuries. A Gainesville rideshare accidents attorney will collect the evidence so you can prove your case and claim the full settlement you deserve.
Our Gainesville Rideshare Accidents Attorneys Can Advise on Your Case
If you have been hurt in a Lyft or Uber, our Gainesville rideshare accidents attorney at Meldon Law will help you through the claims process and give you the best chance of a positive outcome. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.