Were you or a loved one injured in an accident involving Lyft in Miami, FL? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At Lavent Law, P.A., a Miami Lyft accident lawyer can help you hold the responsible parties accountable.
Our legal team has years of experience fighting for accident victims across South Florida. We’re well-prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve.
We offer free consultation to all of our clients in Miami, Florida. If you were injured, call our law offices today to get the quality legal advice you deserve.
How Lavent Law, P.A. Can Help After a Lyft Accident in Miami
Cases involving a Lyft vehicle can be more complex than other types of car accident claims. You’ll probably have to deal with multiple insurance companies. Lyft’s insurance only kicks in if you can prove the driver was logged into the app at the time of the accident. Otherwise, the driver’s personal auto insurance will apply.
In these situations, you can expect a lot of finger-pointing. Neither insurance company will want to stand up and take responsibility. You’ll have to prove what happened to get what’s fair. An experienced Miami personal injury lawyer can help.
Lavent Law, P.A. has been helping car accident victims recover compensation for years. We’ve recovered millions to date. These accomplishments have earned us awards such as The National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40” and The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys’ “10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.”
When you hire our Miami car accident attorneys, you can expect a lawyer who will:
- Locate all evidence to support your claim
- Identify all responsible parties
- Fight back when the insurance company tries to blame someone else–or even you–for the accident
- Determine which level of insurance coverage will apply
- Negotiate to recover the maximum settlement or verdict possible
Our Miami personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling cases similar to yours. We’ll use that experience to make the personal injury process as easy as possible for you.
Are you ready to learn more? Call today for a free consultation.
How Common Are Lyft Accidents in Miami?
Uber and Lyft don’t provide comprehensive statistics about accident claims involving their rideshare drivers. However, independent groups have conducted their own studies using information from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
According to this study, fatal accidents increased by as much as 4% after ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft appeared on the streets of major U.S. cities.
That statistic can be difficult to understand. Miami residents often call a Lyft instead of driving home drunk. However, the study found that people in cities like Miami may have walked or taken public transportation home before Lyft was introduced in the city. Rideshare services, therefore, actually resulted in an increase in the number of vehicles on the roads.
That increase in vehicles caused a corresponding increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents in Miami, West Palm Beach, and other cities over the years.
What is My Miami Lyft Accident Case Worth?
Typical factors that play a role in assigning a dollar value to your injury case include:
- The severity of the injury
- Your medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket costs
- How the injury will change your life over the long-term
- Whether you’ll return to work in the same capacity
- Your emotional and physical pain and suffering
Another important factor in calculating the value of any personal injury case is the amount of insurance compensation available. Lyft drivers are independent contractors. That means their own coverage will apply if they’re involved in an accident while driving for Lyft to make a profit. However, Lyft provides third-party liability coverage if the driver was logged into the Lyft app.
If the Lyft driver had accepted a passenger or had a passenger in the vehicle, the following increased coverage limits apply:
- $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage
- Underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage
- Contingent collision coverage
If the driver was logged into the app and waiting on a Lyft passenger request, the following limits apply:
- $50,000 per person in bodily injury coverage
- $100,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage
- $25,000 in property damage coverage
Lyft’s insurance policy provides secondary coverage. That means you may have to make a claim with the driver’s insurance policy before these higher limits kick in.
Dealing with one insurance claim can be difficult enough. When multiple insurance companies enter the scene, getting the compensation you need can be even more difficult.
Our Miami Lyft accident attorneys at Lavent Law, P.A. can help you prove which level of coverage applies. Call our law firm to schedule your free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Lyft Accident Victims?
If you were seriously hurt in an accident, getting the maximum compensation available can be one of the most important things you do. At Lavent Law, P.A., we’ll help you fight for every dollar you deserve.
Some examples of the types of damages you may be entitled to receive include:
Economic damages represent your past and future financial expenses. Injuries can be expensive to treat. You can face ongoing costs for months or years even after you’ve recovered.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages, income, and employment benefits
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Nursing care and in-home aides
- Medications and medical devices
- Property damage
Your past economic damages are easily established by providing receipts, medical records, and other documentation. Future expenses can be more difficult to calculate. At Lavent Law, P.A., we work with your doctors and other experts to gather evidence about your potential future costs.
Non-economic damages compensate injured parties for losses that can’t be substantiated by receipts.
Some common examples of these non-economic losses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Loss of consortium
These damages can represent a significant portion of your claim.
Punitive damages aren’t available in every personal injury case. These damages don’t compensate the victim for any specific loss. Instead, they punish the at-fault party for intentional or malicious behavior.
For example, if your Lyft driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a judge may be inclined to award punitive damages.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Lyft Accident in Florida?
Florida comparative fault rules can impact how much your personal injury case is worth. If the insurance company can prove you contributed to the accident, your damages can be reduced in proportion to your share of the blame.
If you’re being blamed for an accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Lavent Law, P.A. right away. We can help protect your legal rights.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Lyft Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries can cause a range of injuries. Some common injuries sustained in car accidents involving Lyft include:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, and soft tissue damage
- Whiplash injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries, including burns and amputations
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our lawyers will fight for the full compensation available in your case. To learn more about how an attorney client relationship can help, schedule a free case evaluation today.
What Causes Most Lyft Accidents in Miami, Florida?
Rideshare companies screen their drivers, but they don’t receive any specialized training before getting behind the wheel.
Accidents involving Lyft are often caused by:
- Distracted driving while looking at the Lyft app
- Stopping in unsafe locations to pick up a passenger
- Speeding or driving aggressively to maximize the number of rides
- Failure to maintain the vehicle
- Drug or alcohol use
- Driver fatigue
- Unfamiliarity with Miami roads and traffic patterns
In some cases, a third-party driver, motorcyclist, or bicyclist may be responsible for causing the crash.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Lyft Accident in Florida?
To prove negligence, you’re required to show that someone else owed you a legal duty. In Lyft accidents, you will have to show that another driver owed you a duty of care to drive safely. Then, you will have to show they breached their duty and caused your accident, which resulted in damages.
Our attorneys in Miami will investigate to find evidence to support your claim, including:
- Video surveillance footage
- Dashcam footage
- Data from the Lyft driver’s app
- Police and accident reports
- Medical records
- Eyewitness testimony
We may even bring in accident reconstruction specialists to offer insight into who was responsible for your accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Lyft Accident in Florida?
In Florida, Lyft accident victims have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period begins on the date of your accident. If you lost a loved one in a Lyft accident, you only have two year to file a wrongful death claim.
These time limits are known as statutes of limitations. Once they pass, you’ll forfeit your right to compensation.
Contact a Miami Lyft Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you injured in a Lyft accident? Holding Lyft and its driver responsible for your damages is a tall task. You may even have to deal with multiple insurance companies.
Contact a Miami Lyft accident lawyer at Lavent Law, P.A. for a free consultation today. We’ll sit down, listen to your story, and develop a strategy for maximizing your settlement award.