April 13, 2018

The expansion of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft in Florida, and the emergence of self-driving cars are poised to transform personal injury law and the insurance industry. As the Sunshine State continues to attract millions of visitors and new residents each year, it is no surprise Florida has embraced ridesharing as a key transportation option.  But how does one navigate liability and insurance coverage issues associated with ridesharing and self-driving cars?

The ridesharing model’s growth has implications for different types of insurance, including auto-liability insurance and product liability insurance. It also raises numerous coverage questions.

Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new law known as the “Uber/Lyft Bill” that requires ridesharing drivers to carry insurance above and beyond the state’s standard minimum requirements. It compels ridesharing companies to perform background checks on drivers operating in the state.  The bill provides enhanced protection for passengers and other drivers in the State of Florida, and it establishes statewide regulations for what are formally called “transportation network companies.” It was passed to supersede the varying and sometimes conflicting regulations enacted by individual counties and cities.

At Corless Barfield Trial Group, we will explain the various types of liability that are involved with Uber and Lyft when handling rideshare injury cases. Several issues can be raised, such as the specific law that applies, the types of claims that can be made, the insurance that is applicable, the possibility of going beyond the applicable insurance, and possible defenses that may be raised against these types of claims.

Does the ridesharing driver’s insurance or the company’s insurance respond if the driver is involved in an accident? What coverage is available if a self-driving car is involved in an accident?  What do ridesharing companies’ policies on auto collision say? What insurance considerations should passengers know about that could affect your personal injury claim? The handling of rideshare injury cases is complex, and you need a lawyer who understands the liability, legislation, and insurance aspects.

Corless Barfield attorneys can discuss with you the law that applies in ridesharing cases, pursuing compensation, and how recent litigation has addressed these issues. 

We can examine with you how to bring related personal injury claims for accidents involving ridesharing and self-driving services. There is no question that personal injury claims involving Uber and Lyft present unique liability and insurance issues.  Our attorneys can explain how to report an accident and file a claim as well as prove or challenge liability and untangle insurance coverage complexities.

Corless Barfield Trial Group is a Florida law firm that has ample experience handling all kinds of motor vehicle accident cases. We are trial lawyers who actually try cases. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in the event of a rideshare or self-driving accident, schedule a free initial consultation today. You can call our office locally at 813-258-4998 or toll-free at 877-517-5595.