Traditional taxis are becoming a thing of the past, with ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft taking the lead in transportation services. With hundreds of flights coming and going each day, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is a hot spot for ride-share services like these. However, unlike having a driver pick you up at home or drop you off at a local hotel, hiring a ride-share at the airport requires a bit more planning.

Can I use a ride-share service at the airport?

Absolutely! However, airport transportation is different than having a driver simply pick you up in your own driveway. You’ll need to understand how a driver can pick you up and/or drop you off at the airport. When you’ll be using a driver of any kind, whether through an app like Uber or through a limo company, here are several important things to keep in mind:

Which airport are you flying into/out of?

This might seem obvious, but you need to double-check the airport when you reserve your driver! There are, in fact, multiple airports in the Tampa area. In addition to Tampa International (TPA), St. Pete/Clearwater International (PIE) also accepts many major flights. If you aren’t careful, you could give your driver the wrong info!

Where do drivers have permission to pick up/drop off passengers at your chosen airport?

Knowing the regulations of your specific airport could be a big deal in your ride-share experience. Plan ahead and provide details for your driver, especially if they don’t frequent your chosen airport. If you’re flying into or out of TPA, tell your driver to look for areas clearly labeled “Passenger Pickups” or “TNC/Ride-shares” near the baggage claim entrance.

What size vehicle do I need?

Unlike renting a car, hiring a driver through a ride-share app means limits you to their vehicle size. Do you have multiple people in your party? Is your stack of suitcases taller than you? If you hire a driver who shows up in a small compact car, you might find yourself in a predicament. Take the size of the car into consideration before you book the driver!

Is using a ride-share service safe?

In short, yes, most ride-share services are very safe. They are a huge asset to those who can’t drive, choose not to drive, or simply want a night out. Be aware though that there are certain risks associated with using ride-share services. These include:

  • lack of regulation for driver training or qualifications
  • lack of safety standards
  • lack of vehicle maintenance by individual drivers
  • missed areas of concern in background checks

Using reputable ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft is a  great way to protect yourself. These services have more stringent security standards and (usually) vet their drivers thoroughly. Regardless of the service, it is imperative that you inform a friend or loved one of your travel plans and provide them with an estimated time of arrival. Don’t overlook this important safety measure. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t get into the car! Either head back into the airport and make other arrangements, or schedule a new driver through your chosen ride-share app.

What happens if my ride-share driver gets into an accident?

This is becoming a common occurrence as more and more ride-share services are on the road. If another car hits your ride-share vehicle and you’re injured, the liability coverage of the at-fault party in the other vehicle is usually responsible for damages. In a ride-share accident caused by the driver, however, the ride-share company can be held responsible for the damages to both the people in the car and people in other cars affected in the collision. Both economic damages (medical expenses, lost wages, medications, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain, suffering, loss of consortium/companionship. etc.) must be addressed in these accidents.

If you’re in an accident while riding in an Uber, Lyft, or other vehicle provided by a transportation service while in Tampa,  you need a lawyer that understands ride-share accidents and how Florida law applies to them. Brooks Law Group’s skilled ride-share accident attorneys can advise you on the legal procedure and help you determine whether or not you have a case to pursue compensation for your injuries. We offer experienced representation for injured Uber and Lyft clients following their accidents. Our proven track record of success speaks for itself. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an accident caused by a ride-share driver, contact our team to schedule your free consultation where we’ll look at the details of your case and help you choose your next steps. Our services are risk-free, and you don’t pay unless we win! Tampa ride-share victims always Look to Brooks!

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