As a passenger of a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft, you are entitled to a duty of care by both the drivers on the road and the one driving you. Any failure to uphold that duty of care can put them liable for the damages you sustain in an accident. It can be confusing to know how to file a claim, but we’re are here to assist.
John Foy & Associates has personal injury lawyers in Mableton ready to provide you with solid legal representation. Instead of facing off against the defense and the insurance companies alone, we can give you the boost you need to win a settlement that covers all your damages.
Why do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me?
An insurance adjuster may call you to tell you that hiring a lawyer is a waste of time. That they’re too expensive and only aim to receive a portion of your settlement and nothing else. While some predatory and exploitative law firms do indeed do this, we are the complete opposite.
Our lawyers will provide you with the tools and resources you need to win your settlement by:
- Helping you gather and retain evidence for your claim
- Consult with witnesses and experts to support your claim through testimony
- Help you understand complex legal processes and terminology
- Help you navigate through negotiations and support you during the trial
- Handling all communications
- Preparing essential documents and ensuring deadlines get met
You shouldn’t have to go through fighting for your claim on your own. That’s precisely what the defense and the insurance companies want. Retaining a lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to get the maximum amount of compensation you rightfully deserve.
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Get Help Against Insurance Companies and Big Businesses
Large businesses like Uber or Lyft have substantial amounts of resources and a strong legal team that protects them at all costs. Insurance companies are much the same and have a seemingly bottomless amount of resources dedicated to going against the claim you filed.
Don’t expect an easy fight against both rideshare and insurance companies. When you try to negotiate for your claim alone, they will use every advantage they have over you to get you to settle for less.
You don’t need to succumb to the will of the insurance or rideshare company. The Mableton rideshare accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates can help you mount a proper defense and win the settlement you deserve.
Do Rideshare Companies Carry Insurance?
Yes, and it can apply to you and the driver, depending on the circumstances. Both Uber and Lyft have policies that cover $1 million for accidents that happen during an active ride. Accessing that insurance can be tricky without the help of a lawyer.
In many cases, you’ll have to exhaust the insurance carried by your driver or the responsible driver before you can reach out to the rideshare company’s policy. They will not be keen to pay for damages and will try to find ways to deny liability.
Instead of watching insurance companies fight each other over liability issues, let our Mableton rideshare accident attorneys cut through the red tape. We’ve helped many people with rideshare accident claims and know what needs to happen to get a swift resolution.
I’m A Driver. What Coverage do I Have?
Major rideshare companies require their drivers to have strong insurance policies before they can work for the company, but they also offer additional liability coverage. After you’ve gone through your own insurance, you can access more coverage through the company.
However, you have to be on the clock to get it, and the amount you can get depends on the status of the app and the circumstances of the accident. Most importantly, if you’re not using the app at the time, the rideshare company’s policies cannot be applied to your case.
Who Can I Hold Liable for Damages?
With the help of a rideshare accident lawyer in Mableton, you can hold three different parties liable for your damages.
The Rideshare Company
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are quick to denounce their involvement in an accident, often chalking it all up to the individual driver of the car or other varying factors. The truth is, rideshare companies need to take great care in the hiring process. If they fail to do this, they can get held partially responsible for your accident.
For example, negligent hiring practices can cause a rideshare company to share the blame. If a person with a bad driving record or expired license passes through lax regulatory and inspection procedures, our lawyers can help you hold the company accountable.
Other Drivers on the Road
If another driver’s negligence caused your accident in a rideshare vehicle, you can still file a claim for compensation at that driver’s expense. Just because you weren’t the driver of the vehicle doesn’t mean you don’t deserve any compensation.
The Rideshare Driver
The rideshare driver accepts you as their passenger. It is their duty to keep you safe while transporting you from one destination to another. You can hold the driver liable for your accident should they be:
- Willfully disobeying traffic laws
Additional Rewards for Punitive Damages
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-5.1 gives you the right to receive an additional reward in addition to compensation for punitive damages. Punitive damages are more akin to punishment for the at-fault party rather than compensation.
You can likely qualify for these damages if your rideshare driver or another driver on the road acted:
- With extreme negligence
- With intent to hurt or kill others
- Through fraudulent means
We can’t guarantee that all cases qualify. But if yours does, our attorneys will work hard to ensure that the driver or drivers get punished and that you get rewarded accordingly.
Get Assistance Filing Your Claim Today With Our Attorneys
Filing a claim against a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft can be confusing and complicated. Our Mableton rideshare accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates will guide you through the process and fight on your behalf.
For a free consultation, please schedule an appointment by calling us or using our contact form. We are available 24/7 and ready to help you get started.