Florida Man Injured in Lyft Accident Says Driver Was Uninsured
TAMPA, FL. – According to an online news story reported by wfla.com, a Florida man who was injured in a January Lyft accident says the Lyft driver was uninsured. The man is now suffering from a back injury with medical bills mounting.*
Cameron Decker, of St. Petersburg, Florida, called for a Lyft to take him to work at The Green Light Bar. During the ride, the driver missed a turn and slammed on his brakes, causing a van driving traveling behind to rear-end the Lyft vehicle.
After the collision, the Lyft driver exchanged information with the driver of the van and then took off. The driver left Decker at the scene with serious pain in his neck and back. Decker went to a doctor, who diagnosed him with numerous injuries, including herniated discs in multiple locations.
As the medical bills for his treatment started to come in, and Decker was still unable to return to work, he learned that the Lyft driver had no insurance. The driver’s insurance had expired before the collision, and the van driver was insured for $10,000.
In 2017, Florida passed a law that requires drivers in pre-arranged rides to have primary auto insurance covering at least $1 million for bodily injury, death, and property damage. However, because drivers who work for ridesharing companies are independent contractors, it’s not clear what carrier will cover an accident.
Decker wants to spread the word to other people using ridesharing apps like Lyft.
“Be prepared,” he said. “If you get into an accident, there’s a good chance the driver may not even be insured.”
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