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Tampa Lyft Accident Attorneys
Lyft has made it easier to get around Tampa than ever before. Unfortunately, ridesharing services and their drivers have also caused serious, injury-causing accidents that can leave passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists with extremely serious injuries.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a rideshare driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a Lyft accident lawyer in Tampa.
The Causes of Lyft Accidents
Lyft accidents can occur for any of the same reasons other motor vehicle accidents happen.
One of the leading causes of Lyft accidents is distracted driving. When drivers are distracted by their phones, conversations, or other activities, their attention is diverted from the road. This can result in slower reaction times, swerving, and, ultimately, accidents.
Another common cause of Lyft accidents is driver fatigue. Rideshare drivers often work long hours to make ends meet, leading to exhaustion behind the wheel. Fatigue can impair a driver’s ability to stay alert and focused, increasing the risk of accidents.
In some cases, Lyft accidents occur due to reckless driving. Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and failing to follow traffic laws are all examples of reckless driving behaviors. These actions put not only the driver but also their passengers and other road users at risk.
As shocking as it might seem, sometimes Lyft drivers use drugs or alcohol (or both) before they get behind the wheel. When drivers are intoxicated, it can affect their reaction time, vision, judgment, and motor skills, significantly increasing the risk of an accident. Fortunately, under Florida law, if you are injured by an intoxicated driver, you are very likely to be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Can Victims Hold Lyft Liable for Accidents Caused by Their Drivers?
If you have been hurt in a Lyft accident, you may be wondering who you can hold liable for your injuries – the driver? Lyft? Someone else? In many rideshare accidents, the answer is simpler than you might expect. Whose insurance covers an accident depends on what the driver is doing at the time they cause the accident:
- If the driver had the app off when they caused an accident, Lyft does not provide any coverage. In other words, you would proceed as you would in any other car accident and file a claim against the driver’s insurance policy.
- If the driver had the app on and was waiting to accept a passenger, Lyft provides secondary insurance coverage in the amount of $50,000.
- If the driver was on their way to pick up a passenger or actively providing a ride, Lyft provides primary coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.
The most effective way to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve after a Lyft accident is to call an attorney as soon as possible.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Lyft Accident Lawyer in Tampa
If you have been injured in a Lyft accident in the Tampa area, you should call Mickey Keenan, PA, as soon as you can. Our skilled team of lawyers knows how to hold rideshare drivers and companies accountable for the injuries they cause. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today or contact us online.