Uber and Lyft both offer incredibly convenient methods of travelling around North Miami Beach, so their popularity is not surprising. Just a few short years ago, very few of us could have envisaged a world where a cab could be hailed from a cell phone, wherever and whenever you need one. While, understandably, the more traditional taxi cab companies are not overly enthusiastic about the advent of Uber and Lyft, those in search of convenience and affordability make these services a resounding success. From the other perspective, car owners in need of extra income may also wish to register as Uber or Lyft drivers, and are generally free to do so as long as they drive a qualifying vehicle, pass a background check, and are willing to work as an independent contractor.
On the face of it, Uber and Lyft may seem like excellent concepts and, in many ways, they are. Nonetheless, the model is not without its flaws, some of which soon surface when a ridesharing vehicle is involved in an accident.
If you are involved in North Miami Beach accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, or are a passenger in one of these vehicles when it the accident occurs, an attorney from Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA could help you to navigate the complexities of the Florida legal system.
While there has been quite a lot of hearsay and rumor about Lyft and Uber drivers being untraceable, unlicensed and otherwise unscrupulous, that simply is not accurate. Since May 9, 2017, Uber and Lyft drivers in Florida have been subject to the conditions outlined by CS/HB 221, which is commonly referred to as the Uber/Lyft Law.
Under this law, those driving for Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies must undergo background checks, and may not hold the position where they are found to have been convicted of any of the following during the previous five years:
These background checks must be repeated on an annual basis.
The afore-mentioned CS/HB 221 also imposes minimum insurance requirements on Uber and Lyft drivers, who must now hold insurance covering at least:
Following an Uber or Lyft accident in North Miami Beach, you may be concerned about the cost of hiring an experienced attorney, particularly when you are already facing potentially exorbitant medical expenses. You should be aware that we do not request a penny upfront, meaning you do not pay us until your North Miami Beach attorney has recovered damages on your behalf.
When you file a claim against Uber or Lyft, corporate lawyers will soon become involved, rendering it impossible for you to represent yourself successfully.
To minimize the stress, and maximize the compensation you recover, call Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA today on 954-523-8292 to schedule your free initial consultation.