Have you suffered an accident due to a negligent Uber driver? Don’t worry – the law is on your side. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-1-6 gives you the right to file a claim to recover financial compensation for your damages after an accident caused by negligence.
In other words, you don’t have to pay for the damages you suffered. You can win a settlement at the expense of Uber and its insurance company. However, don’t expect your settlement to come easily. You still have to fight and negotiate for it. That’s where an experienced Tucker Uber accident attorney at John Foy & Associates can help.
Hold the At-Fault Party Accountable for Your Damages
The most obvious culprit of any Uber accident is always going to be the Uber driver. However, there are also some Uber accident cases where the driver had nothing to do with the accident. There can be other parties outside of the driver that could have caused your accident to occur. It’s important that you know who was responsible so that you can file your claim correctly.
The Rideshare Company
Sometimes, rideshare companies like Uber are solely to blame for the accident you suffered. Uber has an obligation to have strong hiring practices that ensure they only hire capable drivers for the job. If their lax hiring practices allowed a bad driver to slip through the cracks, this can make them liable for your accident.
In addition, Uber may sometimes provide vehicles for their drivers to use on the route. In this case, it’s also on them to provide quality vehicles that are properly maintained. Failure to do so can run the risk of an accident occurring. If an accident does occur due to Uber’s lack of maintenance on their vehicles, this also makes them liable for your damages.
The Car Manufacturer
Sometimes, outside of Uber or the driver, a faulty vehicle can cause an accident to happen. Even though you’re not the owner of the faulty vehicle, you still got hurt while a passenger of one. In this case, it’s also possible to hold the car manufacturer responsible for your accident.
For every bad Uber driver, there are plenty more that obey the rules of the road and take their duty of care for others very seriously. If another negligent driver on the road hit your Uber, you can also file a claim against that other negligent driver even as a passenger. Remember, just because you weren’t the driver doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue financial compensation.
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Why You Need a Lawyer to Help You After an Uber Accident
There are many reasons why you should hire a lawyer for your Uber accident. Even though there’s no hard requirement to have legal representation to file a claim, that doesn’t mean you should go about trying to negotiate for a settlement on your own. Insurance companies have powerful legal resources at their disposal to fight your claim.
To balance the terms of negotiation, it’s best to have a solid lawyer by your side. From there, you can ensure that your voice gets heard. Our Uber accident lawyers in Tucker can help you in many ways, including:
- Gathering evidence for your claim
- Building a strong case for your claim
- Getting supporting testimony from experts in various fields
- Representing you and your best interests at all times
- Handling all communications with other parties
- Taking your claim to trial if necessary
We always put the needs and goals of our clients first above our own. Hiring a lawyer is the best investment you can make to ensure that you win the best settlement possible after your Uber accident. While you recover and heal from your injuries, we can handle all the legal grunt work for you and help you every step of the way.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Here are some of the most common damages Uber accident victims tend to seek compensation for:
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death
- Loss of consortium or enjoyment of life
- Disability or disfigurement
So long as your damages are directly related to your wreck, our Uber accident lawyers in Tucker will ensure they get factored into your settlement. We won’t let the insurance company try to downplay your accident and reduce the amount of compensation you get.
Never Let the Insurance Company Manipulate You
Insurance companies, especially ones that represent rideshare companies like Uber, don’t truly have your best interests at heart. What they’re aiming to do is offer you a quick settlement that’s way below what you really deserve and claim that it’s to “prevent long legal arguments.”
While a fast settlement may seem like a good idea, if you accept it you’re letting the insurance company get away with absolving themselves of any responsibility for your damages while paying only the bare minimum. This, unfortunately, happens to many Uber accident victims that didn’t know any better at the time. Don’t let this happen to you.
Statute of Limitations for Uber Accidents in Georgia
OCGA § 9-3-33 gives Uber accident victims two years to file their claims. Two years is plenty of time to get started. Don’t underestimate how fast time can pass. After your Uber accident, get medical treatment and seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible. From there, you can file a claim and begin the negotiation process quickly so that you can win your settlement.
Talk to Our Tucker Uber Accident Lawyers Today
For any Uber accident claim, it’s best to strike while the iron is hot. Don’t delay in getting help today. Our Tucker Uber accident lawyers here at John Foy & Associates can give you a free consultation to inform you about all your legal options. To schedule an appointment at no risk or obligation to you, please contact us online or over the phone. We are available 24/7.