Polk City Uber and Lyft Ride Share Accident Lawyer\nSince the foundation of the rideshare company Uber in 2009, this mode of transportation has blossomed into one of the most popular and successful industries in the country. The thriving metropolitan region of Polk City Bay is a rideshare hotspot, with thousands of drivers and riders. Unfortunately, ridesharing isn\u2019t always the safest way to get around. When the worst happens, you need an experienced Uber and Lyft accident attorney on your side.\n\nBulluck Law Group has been around since the very beginning of ridesharing in Polk City. We have plenty of experience handling these types of claims, which are often complex since the laws are relatively new. Whether you\u2019re a rideshare driver, passenger, or injured third party (such as a pedestrian), we can help you fight for fair compensation. Call us at (813) 988-7800 to schedule your free consultation with a Polk City Uber and lyft Ride Share Accident Lawyer\nWhat Should I Do If a Family Member or I Get in an Uber or Lyft Accident?\nGet immediate legal help after sustaining any type of injury in an Uber or Lyft accident. As a passenger, the odds are high that someone else is legally responsible for causing your injury, giving you the chance to seek financial recovery through the rideshare company\u2019s insurer. The sooner you contact us, the better your chances of protecting your rights as a crash victim. Here are the basic steps to take after a rideshare accident:\n\n\n\n \tCall 911 and get medical help. If you or someone else appears injured, call the police and report the accident. The same is true if the crash looks like it caused more than $1,000 in property damage. Request an ambulance if necessary. The police will make a formal report that you can later use as a record of the Uber\/Lyft accident.\n \tDon\u2019t admit fault. As an Uber or Lyft driver, never apologize for the accident, admit you were at fault, or otherwise say something incriminating. Instead, let police and investigators work out who might be at fault. As a passenger, you don\u2019t have to worry about fault as much.\n \tGather information. Write down the name of the rideshare driver and company, the makes and models of the vehicles involved, license plate numbers, and insurance information. Take photos and find out if there are any witnesses. If you can\u2019t gather information on your own, contact our lawyers to do this job for you. Our team of investigators can help.\n\nUber or Lyft drivers and riders should contact the rideshare company immediately after an accident. Both apps have instructions for how to report a crash. Before you speak to the company\u2019s insurer, however, talk to our attorneys. We can help you learn what to say to protect your rights during insurance settlement negotiations. You may have more rights than you realize. Don\u2019t let a greedy insurance company take advantage of you to make a profit. Protect your future with our assistance.\nWho Is Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident?\nFlorida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that in most car accidents, the victims will seek initial recovery through their own insurance companies, regardless of who was at fault. You might need to determine fault, however, if you wish to file a claim outside of the no-fault insurance system. You can file a personal injury claim if your injuries are serious or debilitating enough. Unfortunately, proving fault for a rideshare accident isn\u2019t always easy.\n\nBoth Uber and Lyft maintain $1 million insurance policies to cover injuries and losses of their passengers (and drivers in certain situations). However, rideshare drivers are technically independent contractors, not employees. This fact can limit victims\u2019 recovery outlets to only the individual driver instead of the rideshare company. Lyft and Uber drivers must legally have personal insurance policies to operate their vehicles. You might be able to seek recovery from the driver\u2019s insurer, the company\u2019s insurer, your own insurance company, or a combination.\nWhat If an Uber or Lyft Driver Struck My Vehicle?\nIn the event of a collision between your vehicle and an Uber\/Lyft driver\u2019s vehicle, your options for recovery can vary. Again, due to Florida\u2019s no-fault rules, your first claim will generally be with your own insurer. Only if the crash causes serious injuries can you seek recovery outside of this system. If the driver was off-duty at the time of the accident and signed out of the app, you will seek recovery through his\/her personal insurer.\n\n\n\nIf the driver was on the clock with Uber or Lyft or transporting passengers, the rideshare company might be liable for your damages. At Bulluck Law Group, our investigators will look into your accident to see if the driver was working at the time or just driving for personal use. Either way, we can handle your case. Do not try to prove fault or recover damages on your own.\n\nRideshare accidents in Polk City can quickly escalate into complex, multi-faceted personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. You must navigate all applicable federal and state rideshare laws, as well as the issue of liability across multiple parties. The best way to protect your rights after such a crash is to retain an experienced Uber\/Lyft accident attorney in Polk City.\nHow Do Rideshare Accidents Differ from Other Accidents?\nAccidents involving rideshare vehicles will not abide by the same rules or processes as the common car accident \u2013 nor are they the same as crashes involving taxis. While taxicab companies perform background checks, interviews, and other methods to ensure safe drivers, Uber and Lyft have no such requirements for drivers. Rideshare drivers have to undergo background checks, but only from the past seven years. They do not have to go through fingerprinting in Florida.\n\nUnlike commercial bus or truck drivers, Uber\/Lyft drivers do not need commercial driver\u2019s licenses. Rideshare cars are not common carriers. They do not undergo special or extra training before transporting passengers. In fact, Uber and Lyft never even meet their drivers before letting them pick up passengers. Notoriously lax rideshare driver hiring rules have led to the industry coming under fire for a long list of incidents involving negligent or criminal drivers.\nWhat Damages Can I Recover After an Uber or Lyft Accident?\nAfter a rideshare crash, Florida law may entitle you to financial recovery for your necessary medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering relating to your car accident. If the at-fault driver is guilty of criminal recklessness, such as drunk driving, you might also be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages go beyond the costs of the accident, providing additional compensation to punish the driver for breaking the law.\n\nThe legal team at Bulluck Law Group will work day and night to make sure a rideshare insurance company or another defendant pays what you deserve. Whether your injuries were minor or life-threatening, your case can benefit from legal attention. We\u2019ll help with every aspect of financial recovery, from finding a trusted physician and relieving medical debt to helping you fix your vehicle.\n\n\nHow Can a Rideshare Accident Attorney Help?\nWithout a trusted personal injury attorney representing you during insurance settlement negotiations, you will be at the mercy of a large, multimillion-dollar company. Uber and Lyft\u2019s insurers do not really care about your future. They care about the company\u2019s bottom line. This can equal unfair delays in payments and extremely low settlement offers. Only with help from an attorney can you ensure you get the most possible compensation for your claim.\n\nOur experienced attorneys can prevent you from accidentally delaying your claim or hurting your odds of compensation through common mistakes, such as saying the wrong thing to an insurance company. The company might also look at your case in a different light once they know you have legal representation. You can level the playing field and even take your claim to trial if necessary for fair compensation.\n\nYou only have one chance to get the financial recovery you deserve after an Uber or Lyft accident in Polk City. Let the accident attorneys at Bulluck Law Group help. Call (813) 988-7800 any time to talk to experienced personal injury lawyers. Request your free case evaluation today.