The victims in some car accident cases—whether they were zipping into town from Fort Lauderdale International Airport or Miami International Airport, or traveling to the Aventura Mall, Wynwood Art District, or the Miami Design District—will obviously need extensive medical treatments right away. In those cases, the victims may also decide to engage a lawyer fairly quickly—large bills are piling up too quickly to delay.
In other cases, however, it’s unclear whether the victim will need extensive medical treatment. Some of the injuries may take a while to manifest or may prove more difficult to treat. With time, what seemed like a minor injury at the outset starts to cost you more and more time and money. In those situations, delays in hiring a lawyer to assert your legal rights may prove disastrous. Because we operate on a “no win, no fees or costs” contingency fee basis, you have nothing to lose by retaining us to handle your Lyft or Uber car accident claim.
What Is a Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations is a law that limits the period of time in which a plaintiff can assert a legal claim. Different cases have different statutes of limitations, and these laws vary by state. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the time period imposed by the statute of limitations, you may lose your right to pursue your case.
What Is the Statute of Limitations in an Uber or Lyft Case?
Florida law does not have a statute of limitations specific to ridesharing cases. However, it does have a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, which applies to all car accident cases, including those involving Lyft and Uber. As a result, an accident victim must file a lawsuit within four years or risk losing the right to compensation. While four years may seem like plenty of time, any delay in starting your case can risk the loss or destruction of critical evidence—and some cases can take months or longer to properly prepare. Contact an attorney as soon as you can.
Are There Any Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations?
Florida law does make some exceptions to the statute of limitations that may give an injured victim more time to file a lawsuit. However, time is not on your side. The longer a potential Uber or Lyft car accident claimant takes to seek (and consistently obtain) medical treatment and obtain legal counsel, the more likely it is that the case will lose value. This is because without the guidance from an experienced Lyft or Uber car accident lawyer, there is (in our experience) a greater likelihood of loss of valuable evidence, the Uber car accident claimant gives a recorded statement without an attorney by his/her side, and there are gaps in medical treatment (or not going to the proper specialists in a timely manner), etc…
Remember that Lyft and Uber are taking immediate steps to protect their interests, you should have a lawyer in your corner doing the same.
Many Uber and Lyft drivers only temporarily drive for these services. Students or other people in between jobs just try to earn some quick money as Uber or Lyft drivers. This can make them somewhat transient—they may soon move to another city or even another state. We have represented many people who were injured in an Uber or Lyft (or by an Uber or Lyft driver) who were only in Florida on vacation or for business (and returned to another state shortly thereafter). We can assist those who are injured in Florida but reside elsewhere without a problem.The bottom line is that delays will complicate your case and delay getting the compensation Florida law may entitle you to recover.
What Should I Do?
First of all, we want to point out that these topics sound straightforward but can actually pose serious complications when applied to real-world cases. Every case is unique, and a single fact can make a dramatic difference in the outcome. An experienced Uber or Lyft claims lawyer can evaluate your case as part of a free consultation, and give you some direction as to how to proceed.
Second, we recommend that you do not delay seeking medical treatment or legal advice. Make your health your first priority. After that, find an attorney to help you understand your rights. As discussed above, if you fail to file a lawsuit within the four-year period, the statute of limitations may bar you from recovering compensation. And don’t assume that you qualify for one of the exceptions discussed above!
If you think you’re going to need help, if you’re worried about how you’re going to pay your medical bills, or if you’re unable to work, seek legal advice well before the four-year period ends.
Third, understand that procrastination can lead to problems proving your case. As discussed above, physical evidence and documents may prove harder to collect. People’s memories become unreliable with the passage of time. Getting legal advice as soon as possible will help you protect your rights, even if you decide not to pursue a claim later on.
These Considerations Apply to All Uber and Lyft Cases….
Everything we’ve discussed applies to you no matter how an Uber or Lyft driver injured you. For example, if:
- You were injured in an accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle.
- You were injured when in an accident when an Uber or Lyft vehicle struck your vehicle.
- An Uber or Lyft vehicle collided with you while you were walking or riding your bicycle.
- You are a Lyft or Uber driver and another vehicle caused a car accident.
If an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence injured you, you need to comply with the statute of limitations and proceed accordingly. No matter what the scenario, no matter your injuries, we recommend that you seek legal advice sooner rather than later. The sooner you meet with a lawyer, the sooner your lawyer can help you get the compensation that Florida law entitles you to recover for your injuries.
Contact a Miami and South Florida Uber Accident Lawyer Today
Car accidents are traumatic events with potentially life-changing consequences. An Uber or Lyft driver may leave you with lingering injuries, unpaid medical bills, lost income, and psychological trauma for years. You need someone who will fight for your rights and help you get your life back to normal.
Uber Car Accident Law is committed to helping victims of Uber and Lyft accidents throughout the state of Florida obtain compensation. If you were injured in an accident and would like a free consultation, call us at (305) 964-8806 or send us an email via our online contact form.