At Elstein Legal, our Miami Lyft accident lawyers can work with you to navigate the sometimes complex legal process for recovery after a crash. In addition, Brian L. Elstein has the experience necessary to handle cases involving extensive insurance policies, like in the case of a Lyft accident, that can help you protect your rights and receive fair compensation.
Lyft Accidents in Miami
By now, most of us have used or regularly use rideshare services, like Lyft. The convenience of getting a ride to your exact location, avoiding parking fees, and getting a safe ride home appeals to us all. However, Lyft rideshare accidents are a common occurrence in Miami and throughout Florida. If you have been in a Lyft accident in Miami, you may be eligible to file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries.
While Lyft does have extensive driver and car vetting and approval procedures, they cannot eliminate all risk. Even the highest-rated and safest drivers can find themselves in an accident while operating their car for a rideshare.
Can You Sue if Your Lyft Crashes in Miami?
Yes, you can sue if your Lyft crashes during a ride in Miami. Florida no-fault laws apply to rideshare accidents, including Lyft. That means you may be able to claim third-party compensation.
In addition, Lyft offers an insurance guarantee of up to $1 million. Compensation is determined under Florida law based on fault for the accident, your specific damages, and the insurance policies available to cover a claim.
What Are Some Grounds for a Lyft Accident Lawsuit?
There are several legal grounds to bring a Lyft accident lawsuit, including:
- Failing to observe traffic signs and signals, disobeying a stop sign
- Trying to initiate a pickup or drop off in an unsafe area
- Distracted driving
- Operating too fast for conditions
- Drunk driving, drugged driving
- Poor maintenance of the vehicle
- Vehicle defects and manufacturing problems
- Weather and other issues with road conditions
- Inadequate vetting of drivers
- Assault and battery or intentional harm
Legal grounds for a Lyft accident lawsuit may be based on a drivers’ actions or other factors contributing to an accident. We can help you understand your claim, what body of law applies to the case, and possible negligent parties.
Who May Receive Compensation for a Lyft Accident in Florida?
The parties that may receive compensation for a Lyft accident in Florida are:
- Passengers in the Lyft vehicle
- The driver of the other vehicle
- The Lyft driver
- Occupants of another vehicle
- Pedestrians, bicyclists, and bystanders
Your injuries may qualify you to bring a third-party claim. Even though Florida has no-fault laws, there are still circumstances where a victim may pursue a claim based on fault. When that’s the case, you may claim non-economic losses like pain and suffering in addition to the direct financial losses that they have.
At Elstein Legal, we can explain the legal options that apply to the facts of your specific accident and possible avenues for recovery.
Common Injuries in a Lyft Accident
Like in any auto accident, countless injuries can take place, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Most common injuries in Lyft accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries, or injuries like cuts, scrapes, and bruises, are likely to happen to some degree, and while they are painful they will not generally require much medical attention.
- Broken bones can result from the impact, and can leave you injured for several weeks to months while they heal.
- The most severe injuries are often those of the head and neck. Whiplash is only the beginning, there can be traumatic brain injuries, spinal fractures, or even death.
Lyft Accident FAQs
After a Lyft accident, you should report the accident to the Miami Police Department and Lyft on their app or website. At the scene, try to collect contact information for all potential witnesses and license, rideshare identification numbers, and vehicle identification for all drivers involved.
You will also want to request medical care or go immediately to Mercy Hospital or the closest emergency medical care facility. To access PIP benefits in Miami, you must seek medical attention within 14 days, so do not wait to seek medical care.
Yes, Lyft compensates for some accidents. They offer a $1 million insurance policy that may apply if you’re in an accident. The Lyft driver must have actively accepted a ride or be in the middle of a trip for the full policy to apply. Compensation may be based on actual damages, the status of the trip at the time of the accident, the fault of those involved, and other insurance policies.
How much you can get from a Lyft accident claim in Miami is based on your specific losses and applicable Florida laws. In general, you may access your no-fault PIP benefits to pay 80% of medical bills and 60% of lost wages up to the policy maximum.
However, Florida law also allows Lyft accident victims to claim damages in cases of serious and permanent injury based on fault. The money you can get depends on bills from the accident, lost income, and pain and suffering.
To maximize your Lyft accident compensation:
1. Report the accident to law enforcement and Lyft as soon as possible.
2. Seek medical attention immediately but in any event within 14 days of the accident.
3. Gather evidence at the scene, including photographs and witness information.
Even though Lyft advertises an insurance guarantee, it’s still their goal to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. That’s why it’s essential to carefully conduct your own investigation into the value of the claim and the categories of damages that are available.
How Our Lyft Accident Lawyers Help Miami Accident Victims
At Elstein Legal, our Miami accident attorneys will value damages and gather proof of the total compensation that is appropriate in your case. Additionally, we can negotiate a fair resolution or aggressively pursue your rights through litigation. We will defend against any strategies by Lyft’s insurer or other insurance companies to reduce the value of your claim.
We will explore your case from all angles to develop a personalized case approach designed for your specific injuries and the facts of your Lyft accident. In addition, we offer representation for Lyft accident victims in Miami on a contingency basis, so there is no fee until you win your case. We are passionate about providing aggressive legal representation in the best interest of our clients.
Why Choose Elstein Legal to Represent your Case?
Since opening Elstein Legal in 2018, Miami personal injury attorney Brian L. Elstein has recovered millions on behalf of his deserving clients. A cum laude graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Brian Elstein honed his skills early as a member of the Nova Trial Association.
Today, he is recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer in Florida and has been selected to the 2022-2023 Florida Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine – a distinction given to only 2.5% of attorneys in Florida, and named 2022 Best Litigation Attorney by Expertise.com.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you have injuries due to someone else’s negligent behavior, you deserve compensation to help recover from your injuries. At Elstein Legal, we can help you with all aspects of your claim, including going to trial if necessary to ensure you get what you need.
Call us at (305) 299-2835 or contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. There is no fee unless we win your case.