Ridesharing has become a popular way to get back and forth to your destination. Uber formed in 2009 and is now found in almost every city across the country. With the increase in riders using these apps, we have seen more accidents.
The problem with any Uber or Lyft accident is the complexities of the cases. Which party is responsible for paying your damages? Seth Bader is an experienced Carrollton Uber accident lawyer that understands your concerns.
Georgia is filled with lots of congestion and traffic on a daily basis. So, accidents are just part of your commute. If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft, you should contact our offices immediately. Filing these claims can take some time, and we need to begin building your case as soon as possible.
What should I do if I have been involved in an accident with a Lyft or Uber?
Any time you are in a vehicular accident, you need to notify the police. In fact, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without contacting law enforcement. Once the police arrive, they will write a formal report. Insurance companies and your lawyer will want to see a copy of this report.
You also need to write down all the details of your accident while it is fresh in your mind. We also recommend taking pictures of the scene of your incident. Thankfully, everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, so it’s easy to document all of this information.
Uber and Lyft drivers need to contact their companies immediately. You don’t need to do anything other than contacting an attorney. Talking to an insurance company can be a mistake. All of those phone calls are recorded, and anything you say can be used against you later in your case. If you are found to have any fault in your accident, it can reduce your settlement.
How do you determine the responsible party in a Lyft or Uber accident?
The negligent party will be responsible for paying for damages. In Georgia, this is known as the at-fault party. However, it can be difficult proving who was at fault. A skilled Uber and Lyft attorney will build a strong case showing you were not at fault. If you were a passenger, there is no way that you could be responsible for your accident.
Uber has insurance on cars that are in the middle of trips. If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver while they’re on the way to go pick up a rider, Uber’s insurance should cover the accident. All Ubers are covered under this insurance policy. So, it doesn’t matter if you are taking a regular or luxury Uber option. Lyft is a little bit different, and their insurance company covers different amounts depending on if a ride is in session.
I was the driver of a car that was hit by a Lyft or an Uber
If an Uber or Lyft have hit you, the driver for that car is responsible. To be able to drive on the road, you need to have personal insurance coverage on your vehicle. Their company’s insurance policies also cover these drivers.
With Georgia law, we must prove that the responsible party has over 50% responsibility in the accident. It would help if you didn’t have to handle your case on your own. If you have been in an accident, you need a skilled attorney in your corner.
How do drivers get hired for Lyft and Uber?
Unlike other transportation services, Lyft and Uber drivers must pass a criminal background check. There is no training or additional verification process. As long as a driver is over 21 and has a car that meets safety standards, they can drive for Uber or Lyft.
What damages am I eligible to receive in a Lyft or Uber accident?
With any personal injury accident, you can recover costs associated with medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and even pain and suffering. Also, if the driver is at-fault criminally, you can also seek punitive damages. For example, if the driver was drunk, you can seek punitive damages.
What makes an Uber or Lyft accident different from other car accidents?
With ridesharing accidents, there are many different insurance policies involved. So, you could miss out on a system without the help of an experienced attorney. Insurance companies want to settle quickly, and they will take advantage of you if you don’t have legal representation.
Hire an experienced Uber of Lyft attorney today
We understand that accidents can be frustrating, and we want to help alleviate some of your stress. If you or someone you know has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, the time to act is now. Contact our offices to schedule your free consultation.