People have been taking taxis around cities for decades and there are long-standing laws about how liability works in taxi cases. But what about rideshares like Uber? What are the laws surrounding Uber accidents, and can you receive compensation?
You can, with the help of our Uber accident lawyers in Atlanta. John Foy & Associates is one of the most experienced law firms in Atlanta. Our lawyers have studied the rules surrounding Uber’s insurance policies, and we have a strong offensive strategy to get passengers and Uber drivers compensation.
How does Uber Vet Their Drivers?
Before you’re allowed to drive for Uber, you must pass a background check and a driving record check. People with major traffic violations aren’t allowed to drive for the company. They also require drivers to have at least a year of driving experience.
Is this enough? We don’t think so. Insurance companies don’t lower insurance rates until drivers have been on the road for nearly a decade. You also don’t know the condition of the car, since Uber doesn’t require inspections like taxi companies do.
Uber does the minimum, but the minimum won’t help you if you’re riding in one and you get into a crash. However, you can get compensation after your crash as a passenger. Our personal injury lawyers can guide you through the process.
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Georgia Laws About Uber Drivers
Georgia requires special license endorsements for Uber drivers. They need to have a for-hire license endorsement, which involves a background check, proof they work as a for-hire driver, and additional documentation, but no additional driving experience.
Uber drives must also have liability coverage that meets the minimum requirements for their vehicle class as a for-hire driver. This may be more than the minimums, depending on the vehicle, which may grant you access to more compensation.
Uber’s insurance also has a substantial commercial liability policy for drivers and passengers, at least on paper. $1 million sounds like a lot, but it’s per accident so that multiple people could make a claim. Our Uber accident lawyers in Atlanta will negotiate with the insurer to ensure you get your fair share of the pie.
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How to Access Uber’s Insurance Coverage
Unfortunately, Uber’s liability insurance isn’t always active. If the app isn’t on, there’s no chance of compensation from Uber. Plus, you may have to go through another driver’s insurance policy all the way to the limit before you can access Uber’s policy.
There may also be conflicts with those other policies. Unless your driver is carrying a personal policy that allows business use, their personal insurer may deny the claim. Yet Uber might say that because the personal policy isn’t drained, they won’t pay either.
Situations like these are where lawyers shine. You don’t need the headache of watching two insurers fight out responsibility while you suffer. You need our aggressive representation to knock some sense into the insurers and make them focus on what really matters, getting your injuries healed through compensation.
What If the Uber Driver Wasn’t at Fault?
Another way your case could get complicated is if another driver is the responsible driver for your accident. Like other car accidents, you’ll need to go through their insurance to get coverage. But do Uber’s policies apply in this case too?
The answer is tricky and requires a legal expert. When you’re selecting an accident attorney to represent you, you need to have one with long experience in Uber cases. The fights between all the insurance companies can slow down necessary compensation.
Until you have compensation, you cannot move on with your life. Let us guide you through the legal process. You and your family need to focus on recovering after your accident, not on legal issues. We know how to achieve a swift resolution, as our testimonials show.
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What Damages Can I Claim in an Uber Accident?
You can claim both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are any costs of your accident that come with a bill or a lost paycheck, like your medical bills or disability payments.
Non-economic damages are things like pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment in life. They are intangible costs recognized by law. You can get compensation for these as well, and there are several ways to calculate them.
One of the most common is to apply a multiplier to the economic costs, usually between 1.5 and 5, and have that cover non-economic damages. There are other ways. Your Atlanta Uber accident attorney can go over the specifics for your case, as well as which damages apply to your Uber accident.
Hire an Atlanta Uber Accident Lawyer
You now know why it’s so important to hire an Uber accident lawyer in Atlanta after your accident. If you live anywhere in the Atlanta metro area and got into an accident with an Uber, you need to call the Strong Arm. You need to call John Foy & Associates.
John Foy & Associates is one of the most well-known injury law firms in Atlanta. Find out why our reputation is so strong. Call us or contact us online today for a free consultation. Our firm does not charge you anything unless you win compensation in your case.