Rideshare Accidents

Ridesharing services are convenient and affordable and have forever changed the transportation industry. When an accident involving a ridesharing service occurs, it can be more complicated to resolve, due to the method by which Uber and Lyft insure their drivers – the rideshare service driver may or may not be covered by the company. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident with one of these services, you need a lawyer who can sort through the facts and determine how to move forward to pursue compensatory damages.

Uber and Lyft Accidents: Who is Liable?
Uber and Lyft both carry insurance coverage up to $1 million to cover the cost of personal injuries and property damage. If the driver of your vehicle was at fault, you may have access to this insurance. If the driver was not currently engaged in picking up or dropping off a customer, his or her own vehicle insurance will come into play. What happened in your case? Let our legal team at Panzer Law evaluate the situation and advise you how to move forward to pursue compensation.

What is My Case Worth?
Every personal injury case is different, and the value is based on the degree of the injuries and the long-term impact on your life and health. A minor injury that may require several weeks of treatment and rehabilitation will not pay out at the level of a case in which serious or catastrophic injuries occurred. To determine the value of your case, you need the help of a car accident attorney who has the skills and knowledge to accurately value your claim or lawsuit.

Why Choose Panzer Law?
You have the choice of many injury firms in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale areas – but which law firm is right for you? It is imperative that you seek legal help after a ridesharing accident and choosing the right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. At Panzer Law, you will never feel like “just another client,” as we genuinely care about our clients and their families. We are known as “defenders of the injured,” and take our duty to protect the rights of the injured very seriously. You will be represented by a lawyer you can trust, and who will keep you fully informed throughout the process.

Hurt in an Accident Involving an Uber or Lyft?

Types of Injuries in Ridesharing Accidents
Like any other vehicle accident, the types of injuries vary, based on the facts surrounding the case, including the speed of the vehicles involved and the point of impact. The types of injuries sustained in a ridesharing accident can include:

  • Cuts, lacerations, abrasions
  • Back injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Crush injuries, organ damage, internal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Disabilities
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Soft tissue injuries, whiplash, bruises, tendon, and ligament injuries

What is Your Next Step?
After an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, immediate legal action should be initiated. The first step is the determination of the liable parties, whether the ridesharing company, the driver, or another party in the accident. Reach out to us at Panzer Law for a free case evaluation, either by phone or by filling in our online form. Once we take on a case, you can be confident that our firm will pursue the maximum in compensation available. We are dedicated, experienced, and genuinely care about the people we serve. Our services are offered on a contingency fee basis, with no legal fees unless we are successful. Call today for the help you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long before I get my settlement?

You have the right to reject an offer of settlement that is too low, and our legal team at Panzer Law is here to guide you through this process and will do everything possible to expedite the process.

What if I was partially at fault?

Florida is what is termed a “comparative negligence” state. If you were partially responsible for what occurred, the amount of compensation you are paid would be reduced by the percentage that you are believed to be responsible for.

Will my case go to court?

The vast majority of cases are settled without the need to take it to trial. However, you do want to ensure your workers’ compensation lawyer has trial skills, as this skill set is also needed to prepare a compelling case, present it in mediation or negotiations, and at trial if this is in your best interests. 

I was hit by a drunk driver who did not have insurance – what do I do?

Unfortunately, many drivers are operating vehicles without auto insurance. If the drunk driver has no insurance or is under-insured, a claim can be filed with your own auto insurance provider. Although a lawsuit could be filed to attempt to seek compensation by another method, these negligent drivers often do not have assets that make this approach successful.

Do I have a case?

You may be unsure if you have a right to seek compensation. Take advantage of our free case consultation to find out if your case has merit.

What damages will be paid in my personal injury claim?

Your personal injury claim involves several types of damages, called “economic damages,” which are the financial losses you experienced, and “non-economic damages,” which are more personal and include pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

How much will it cost to hire our law firm and when do you pay?

Our firm charges nothing unless we recover benefits for you. In a workers’ compensation case, you pay 30% or less when there is a recovery. The amount is often less because we often recover a portion of our attorney’s fees from the insurance company, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for attorney’s fees. In a personal injury case, you pay 33% if the case settles before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit, or 40% if the case does not settle before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit.  Costs work the same way, whereby our costs are paid only if we recover benefits for you.  In workers’ compensation cases, we often recover part of our costs, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for costs. You pay nothing unless and until we recover benefits for you.

Do I need a lawyer?

While a minor injury could be resolved without an attorney, any case that involves serious injury, catastrophic injury, or loss of life should be managed by a skilled personal injury lawyer.

How much is my case worth?

Every workers’ compensation case is unique. The value will be based on the degree of your injuries, whether they will lead to future challenges, affect your ability to earn a living, require ongoing medical care, and many other factors. To determine the value of your claim will require reviewing your medical condition, valuing the financial losses you have experienced and will experience, and the work restrictions associated with your injuries.

What to expect in our first meeting?

Meeting with a workers’ compensation attorney shouldn’t be an intimidating experience.

Rather it should be useful. In our office, we collect information about your case and help clients to be well informed and comfortable when they come in for an initial consultation. We share important information in at least two ways and develop your case to best handle it for your unique situation.

When you first walk into our office, we’ll sit down and go over the reason for your visit. You will discuss your case with one of our attorneys. If you speak Spanish, you will discuss your case with a Spanish-speaking attorney. One of our staff members will collect information about you and your situation. We will ask you specific questions about your background, your employment, and your injury. Our interview will be extensive and in detail, to obtain the most complete information about your situation. When we are well informed, it allows us to better prepare your case. At the close of the meetings, we may have some tasks for you to do and help us follow up after our meeting, and we will also be running a series of processes after our meeting to start your case as soon as possible.

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