If you have been injured in a car accident, hiring a lawyer will help ensure you make decisions and take actions that help protect your rights and your ability to recover all of your damages.
Accidents haven’t stopped,
so we haven’t either.
We’re successfully navigating the ongoing pandemic by serving clients remotely and taking on your personal injury cases.
Communicating with Our Clients
As the pandemic has pushed law firms across the country to close down their offices, The South Florida Injury Law Firm has never stopped working. We know that you rely on us to provide professional legal services, which is why we made it a priority to use the right tools to help us work with our clients remotely.
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For immediate attention, our attorneys are always available to help by cell phone and text message.
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Just as we’ve always done, our team is working with clients through email.
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Our firm is able to offer help to potential clients by having virtual meetings through Zoom and enabling face-to-face communication. Video conferencing makes it more efficient to talk to not only clients but our staff too as we manage the law firm remotely.
Serving South Florida
In Florida, Broward County tops the charts with the most auto accidents of any county. These accidents impact thousands of residents each year, but many victims aren’t sure what to do about their injuries or damaged property. Trying to get help from their car insurance company proves frustrating and they often accept wholly undervalued settlement offers.
The South Florida Injury Law Firm proudly serves Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties
We’ve gone paperless! Given recent social distancing guidelines, we’re using the latest tech to help collect signatures safely and remotely. Do you think you have a case? Right now, we’re able to help you securely sign up from the comfort of your home using e-signature technology, Docusign. You won’t have to worry about showing up in person again.
We’ve always believed in having a strong online presence to offer information to potential clients in any of their desired outlets.
Our website is easy to find and navigate so you can learn more about the legal services we offer, our attorneys, and results. You can also find all our contact information on our website and social media platforms. And if you think you have a case, you may fill out our convenient online form for a free case evaluation.
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Let Us Handle Your Case Remotely
The South Florida Injury Law Firm continues fighting for you anytime, anywhere. Our attorneys are happy to speak with you by phone or video conference without having to worry about going out to another public place and risking exposure.
To contact an accident lawyer, you can call The South Florida Injury Law Firm anytime at (954) 488-JEFF – we’re available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Complete our online form to get a free case evaluation. Remember, the consultation is completely free! That means you don’t owe us anything until we recover for you.
There are many good reasons for Floridians to use rideshares. Like what? In this post, we’re going to dive into just a few of them to show you why you might want to consider opting for a rideshare the next time you need to get from point A to point B.
Ready? Let’s go.
Safer Option When You’ve Been Drinking
Services like Lyft and Uber are widely used among those who want to go out and enjoy drinks with friends, but not get slapped with DUI charges by driving home under the influence. The growth in their popularity has correlated with a decrease in Florida DUI injuries and deaths between 2013 and 2016.
Cost-Effective and Convenient
Across the globe, over one million rides are requested on a weekly basis. Ridesharing is often more cost-effective for commuters and can cost half as much as transport by taxi in some situations.
Moreover, it’s convenient. Anyone with a smartphone can quickly request a ride through several ridesharing apps. You don’t have to wait for a cab or preschedule a pickup, either – a rideshare is typically available in mere minutes.
You don’t have to carry cash since your credit card is automatically charged on the ridesharing app. This is a huge bonus for people who don’t normally have cash on hand. The app even handles the tip for you.
You will find frequent coupons in the app, too, which aren’t available through public transportation or taxis. Another bonus is you’ll know ahead of time what your bill will be – yet another improvement over a taxi ride.
Provides Social Connections
People enjoy connecting with others during ridesharing. Most rides can accommodate up to four passengers, and often connections occur during conversations on the ride. Sharing the ride with others also cuts down on your costs. You can even split the bill with a friend within the app.
Relieves Traffic Jams
Ridesharing also relieves some road congestion during peak travel times. Commuters are always looking for faster ways to get to work or back home, and ridesharing offers more creative solutions.
Improves Air Quality
As more people combine rides through ridesharing, the air quality improves due to fewer vehicles on the road. This is a good change for our environment, which will only continue to grow as ridesharing services become more popular.
Grants Mobility to Homebound People
Ridesharing also helps people stay mobile in areas that don’t have sufficient taxi services or public transportation. They make travel possible for people who may have been housebound before.
Stimulates Job Growth
Another benefit of ridesharing is providing jobs for people who want to work on flexible schedules. They can find a steady source of income through working for a ridesharing service.
Saves Time on Regular Commutes
If you commute every day, ridesharing may be a big timesaver. You only stop at your destination, not several stops along a lengthy route. It’s worth considering a switch to ridesharing if commuting is a necessary part of your workday.
Handy Option for Small Business Owners or Frequent Travelers
If you use ridesharing for your business, your expenses can be easier to track as compared to using taxis or other travel companies, where receipts are hard to come by. Rideshare apps allow you to track expenses online, which can be a headache saver for small business owners or those who travel for their jobs.
A Sign of What the Future Holds
Ridesharing may involve self-driving cars soon. It’s estimated that by 2020, over 10 million self-driving cars will be on American roads, and many of these cars will be involved in ridesharing.
How to Protect Yourself Against Ridesharing Negligence
Even though ridesharing clearly has benefits, not every ride will go smoothly. If you are injured in a rideshare, you need to know your rights.
If you wish to file a personal injury claim, call a trusted Florida injury attorney today to discuss the details of your case. We can help you determine who is at fault for the accident and how they can be held accountable for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering related to your injury. Call for a free consultation today.
About the Author:
Jeffrey Braxton is a trial lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who has devoted his career to the practice of personal injury law. As lead trial attorney for the South Florida Injury Law Firm, Jeff has litigated thousands of cases and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group of attorneys who have resolved cases in excess of one million dollars.
Seemingly overnight, ride share companies like Lyft and Uber have all but taken over in some major U.S. cities. While these companies have certainly brought their share of advantages, they have also brought a whole new bunch of potential issues and questions that need answering. For instance, what safety precautions are these companies following, and what steps are they taking to protect their drivers and passengers?
Even before we can answer these questions, though, ride share companies must decide what types of companies they are and which types of employees their drivers are. Unfortunately, the answers to these questions are not always completely clear. As of today, both Uber and Lyft classify their drivers as independent contractors, which means the companies are not responsible for paying certain expenses such as liability insurance and workers’ compensation. Now, however, separate lawsuits are being filed against both companies by drivers who claim that they ought to be treated as employees and not independent contractors.
There have always been differing levels of employees—those hired directly by a company, those hired by a third-party agency to work for a company, independent contractors, and so on. These classifications decide how a company will be obligated to each worker and will dictate whether or not the worker will be eligible for benefits such as workers’ compensation.
While the different types of employee classifications are always changing, there are a few classic overarching employee categories that most people agree on:
Regular employee – A regular employee is an individual who is employed directly by a company. Regular employees can work either full- or part-time, with different benefits being extended for each individual role. For regular employees, benefits like health care and liability insurance come directly from the company.
Fixed-term or contract employees – Contract employees are hired for set periods of time. Although their work agreement is temporary, for the time that they are working within a company, they are entitled to the same benefits as regular employees and will receive pay and benefits equal to what they would receive if they were regular employees.
Independent contractors – Independent contractors are usually freelancers who work for themselves on a day-by-day basis. They set their own rates and are paid directly by the company that they are working for, but they are not eligible to receive any additional benefits from the company.
Uber and Lyft drivers are currently considered independent contractors. And as many of these drivers are coming to realize, the lack of benefits for independent contractors can be extremely problematic in a number of ways. But because drivers are not contractually bound to ride share companies, the companies do not consider themselves indebted to or responsible for these drivers in any way.
For ride share drivers, this is unacceptable. If personal injuries are sustained on the job, drivers deserve to be compensated. When drivers are hurt or unable to work, the whole company takes a blow—without drivers, ride share companies could not exist. Companies like Uber and Lyft ought to recognize this, realize how valuable their drivers truly are, and start treating them as assets.
Drivers are just as likely to incur on-the-job injuries as employees in other lines of work. Unlike employees with other companies, though, ride share drivers usually have little to no way of protecting themselves against certain potential injuries. Consider taxicabs, for instance, which at least have protective glass separating the driver from the passengers in the back seat. Uber and Lyft drivers do not even have that. This means that driving for companies like Uber or Lyft can be far more dangerous than one may initially think.
Ride-Share Injuries Not Limited to Drivers
Of course, we can’t forget the passengers. Passengers are equally at risk of injury in Uber and Lyft cars, and unfortunately they are just as ignored by these companies’ insurance policies as the drivers are. But as long as ride share companies are sticking with their story they are not obligated to pay liability insurance, neither the drivers nor passengers will be fully covered if accidents occur.
As anyone who has been injured in an auto accident knows, the damages and injuries sustained can be significant – sometimes life-changing. Responsible companies should not be allowed to simply abandon people who work for them or are injured due to their negligence.
If you have been injured as a driver or a passenger in a ride share car, do not allow these companies to shirk their responsibilities and leave you helpless. Fight for the compensation that you deserve by contacting a qualified attorney today.
Just because ride share drivers are currently considered independent contractors by companies like Lyft and Uber does not mean that these companies should receive a pass whenever a sticky legal issue comes up. When accidents happen, responsible parties must be held accountable.