Uber and Lyft Accident Laws in Florida | What You Should Know

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If you were injured as a result of the negligence of another in an Uber or Lyft, reach out to our firm today to speak with a dedicated Tampa Uber/Lyft accident lawyer. We are on your side.

How do Uber and Lyft accidents occur?

It is important to recognize that Uber and Lyft accidents are not much different than all other types of auto accidents, as they are all typically the result of driver negligence. These accidents can either be the blame of the Uber/Lyft driver, or the fault of another driver. No matter who is at fault, the most common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents include the following:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failing to observe traffic lights and signs
  • Driving while drowsy

What is important to know about Uber and Lyft’s liability coverage?

Keep in mind that Uber and Lyft have a liability coverage system. The purpose of this system is to ensure that those who have been wrongly hurt in Uber/Lyft accidents can obtain the compensation they need to heal. The Uber/Lyft liability coverage system is split into periods, and the amount of coverage Uber/Lyft will provide largely depends on the period in which you were hurt. Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage includes the following:

  • Period 0: This is when an Uber or Lyft driver is not yet logged into the rideshare app and gets into an accident with another motorist. When this happens, Uber/Lyft will not provide liability coverage.
  • Period 1: Period 1 is when an Uber/Lyft driver is logged in to the app, has not yet accepted a ride, and causes an auto accident. When this happens, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage for up to $50,000 per person injured in the accident, $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability.
  • Period 2: When an Uber/Lyft driver accepts a ride, is en route to pick up a passenger, and causes an accident, it falls under Period 2 of Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage. In this case, coverage increases to $1 million.
  • Period 3: Lastly, Period 3 is when an Uber/Lyft driver gets into a car accident while the passenger is in his/her car. In this case, Uber/Lyft will provide the injured party with up to $1 million in liability coverage, in addition to limited coverage for damage to the driver’s car and uninsured motorists’ coverage.

What is the statute of limitations in Florida?

The statute of limitations for Uber and Lyft accidents in Florida remains the same as it does for all other personal injury claims, i.e. four years. This means that you will not want to wait longer than four years from the date of your Uber/Lyft accident to seek financial compensation, or else you risk being barred from filing this claim entirely. Reach out to our firm today to ensure you meet all of your claim’s deadlines.

Contact Our Tampa Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, the time to act is now. Contact the experienced Tampa Uber/Lyft accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group to schedule your initial consultation with our firm. We are ready to help.

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