Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys

Ride-Share Accident Victims Have Rights – Florida Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Do you read the “Terms and Conditions” that are referenced every time you download an app, enter a website, use a credit card or do almost anything in our modern, high-tech world? It’s all part of the small print that almost everyone ignores. Large corporations write them, often in an attempt to avoid responsibility for accidents, losses, injuries, and other calamities.

Terms and Conditions usually include “disclaimers” and some of those have no basis in law.

Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft have become a part of our everyday world. For example, Uber has become a global service providing roughly 15 million rides per day across 500 cities, so obviously there will be accidents, sometimes serious ones, involving Uber cars.

Serious Accident

Uber and Lyft Accident AttorneysIn March of 2018 a woman in Philadelphia was badly injured in a car accident that involved an Uber car. She sued Uber and the Uber driver and asked for her case to be heard by a jury, a right guaranteed by the 7th Amendment, which states:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

However, Uber’s “small print” included this: You acknowledge and agree that you and Uber are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action or representative proceeding.

Fortunately a judge found that Uber could not prove the victim actually read and understood their terms and conditions and therefore she should not be required to waive her right to a jury trial.

Philadelphia Inquirer Article

The lesson to be learned here is that everyone should be careful about what agreements they agree to. But it’s also important to understand that just because you click an “I Agree” button it does not mean you give up your rights. If you are injured or suffer damages because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or malpractice it’s always best to get advice from an experienced attorney.

The Law Offices of Lazarus and Lazarus are highly experienced dealing with cases involving injuries from automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents. If you have questions, we are here to help. Please call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.

 

Shore Excursion Accidents and Cruise Ship Negligence – Lazarus Law Firm

Cruise Ship Negligence and Shore Excursion Accidents

When you see television commercials for cruise lines, you would think that vacationing on board a big ship is nothing but merriment and safe sanctuary away from worldly worries. But that’s not entirely accurate.

The truth is that people suffer from a range of accidents and suffer a variety injuries every year including slips and falls, falling overboard, food poisoning, and accidents at shore while docked at a port-of-call.

Recent incidents in the news include a passenger who was hospitalized after staying in a stateroom infested with bed bugs, 6 victims injured when two Carnival Cruise Ships collided in Cozumel, Mexico, and 2 Carnival Cruise passengers who were killed in a van crash while ashore in Belize. Passengers have been assaulted by other passengers and crew members, and some have been Cruise Ship Accidents and Negligenceincorrectly diagnosed and treated by ship’s medical personnel.

Parasailing, for example, is a very popular recreational activity around the world, and Florida Statute 327.375 deals with commercial parasailing, requires liability insurance, and forbids operating under certain weather conditions. When a traveler is not within the borders of the United States they are not necessarily protected by the same state and federal laws we are familiar with, but that doesn’t mean a victim of negligence cannot recover damages. If you’re on a cruise and engage in some parasailing while off the ship at the beach in a foreign country, the Florida Statute does not cover the operator. If you are injured due to negligence, finding who is at fault is not always clear.

Pursuing justice and reasonable compensation for injuries and other damages while on a cruise is a very specialized area of law, and victims should seek out attorneys who have experience dealing with these cases. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of cruise ship accidents since 1992. Our proximity to three of the world’s busiest ports, Miami, Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, and the Port of Palm Beach has us uniquely positioned to meet with passenger-victims and quickly assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.

You may reach us 7-days-a-week at (954) 356-0006.