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Consumers Need To Be “Uber” Careful With New Ride-Sharing Apps

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents

Consumers Need To Be “Uber” Careful With New Ride-Sharing Apps

People looking for a convenient and inexpensive ride from one place to another might get more (or less, really) then they bargained for if they use one of the new ride-sharing applications like Uber or Lyft. Uber and Lyft are only two examples of a growing ride-share industry.  Ride-sharing essentially works like this:  smart phone applications pair people who need rides with people who have cars and want to make some extra money providing rides.  The idea seems elegantly simple, and oh-so-free market. First, unlike the taxi cab industry that is regulated by the State and most local governments, there really is no regulation of ride-sharing applications.  There are no basic requirements for the training or licensing of drivers, rates or fares that consumers can be charged, and no rules against discrimination. Second, and most important to me as an Orlando accident attorney, there is no requirement that Uber or Lyft drivers carry any minimum level of liability insurance.  In fact, because of a provision contained in most Florida automobile insurance policies, most of the drivers and cars utilized by Uber or Lyft will have no liability coverage at all — in the event that an Uber driver causes an accident or injuries to his passenger (or anyone else.) In Florida, most personal automobile insurance policies state that no coverage will be provided to an injured person if the insured vehicle is being used for any kind of commercial purpose.  Since Uber and Lyft obviously involve drivers making money, it would be difficult to argue that there is no commercial purpose. For example, if you are riding along in a vehicle that you found via Uber, and the driver of the vehicle runs a red light and causes a major crash, it is very likely you will have no recourse against the driver (or Uber).  This can obviously have devastating consequences.  Until or unless the law changes, consumers are probably better off just calling a cab the old-fashioned way. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident, and especially one involving an Uber or Lyft driver or vehicle, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Bus Or Taxi Accident? Common Carriers Owe Highest Duty Of Care In Florida

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Bus Or Taxi Accident?  Common Carriers Owe Highest Duty Of Care In Florida

I was reading an article on the Insurance Journal website about a significant Kentucky bus accident, that I thought might be instructive to anyone in Florida who has been involved in a bus, taxi, or similar accident. In the Kentucky accident, 30 high school students and 4 adult passengers were seriously injured when the charter bus they were traveling in on Interstate 64 careened across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a concrete median. Investigators think the bus may have been poorly maintained, or had a mechanical issue. The bus driver has also been blamed. Some of the children on the bus were seriously injured. One young lady suffered a broken back, a concussion, and a shattered elbow. Other children are suffering from similar orthopaedic and closed head injuries. Because my practice is limited to handling significant Florida motor vehicle crash cases, I don’t know what the law is in Kentucky.  But in Florida, “common carriers” like bus companies, taxi cab companies, and similar operators owe passengers the highest degree of care for their safety. This special duty presumably applies to both the operation of vehicles, as well as their maintenance and repair. In other words, the reasonable man standard does not apply to common carriers. If you have been involved in an accident involving a common carrier, it is important for you to understand your legal rights. For more information, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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