Ever since Uber started in 2009, ride sharing has become a popular and inexpensive form of transportation. Lyft followed in 2015 and is now in 65 cities. Atlanta, with its thriving middle class, is listed 5th in the best cities for ridesharing environment. We live in a large, bustling city with a lot of young people who are on the go. Uber has 5,000 drivers in Georgia, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. If you’re looking up these types of accidents, you may have been in an accident with a ridesharing service. These cases are complicated and the law is new. You need an experienced attorney on your side to help you through this difficult and complicated time. Call our Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Attorneys at John Foy & Associates. We’re one of Atlanta’s largest long-established personal injury law firms. Call 404-400-4000 for a free consultation.
What should I do if a loved one or I have been in an Uber or Lyft accident?
Anyone who is in any type of vehicle accident should call the police immediately. The police will make a formal report that will be used as the record of the accident. Too often accounts of an accident vary as time passes. Write down the make and model of the vehicles involved, take down the license number and name of the other driver, take lots of photos, and see if there are any witnesses. Note the condition of your driver. Was he or she driving recklessly? Was the driver? Could he or she be drunk? And if you need medical attention, please call an ambulance.
Uber or Lyft drivers who have had an accident should contact their company immediately. You should not talk to a company or insurance representative without consulting an attorney. Yes, we want you to talk to your insurance company, but you need the protection of your own attorney before you do. You have more rights than you may realize. For example, did you know that not wearing a seatbelt is inadmissible under Georgia law? Don’t let a kind insurance agent lull you into believing that you’re dealing with anything other than a multi-billion dollar company that only wants to protect its interests.
Who is the responsible party in an Uber or Lyft accident?
The at-fault party is always the responsible party in an accident of any kind. That said, proving fault can be difficult. If you were a passenger, then you clearly were not at fault and should be eligible to recover damages, says our firm founder John Foy. Lyft and Uber drivers are supposed to have personal policies, and they are covered by corporate policies, which are quite clear on Uber and Lyft websites.
Uber carries insurance on a car from the minute a driver accepts a trip to its conclusion. UberBlack, UberSUV and uberTaxi (cq) are covered under the commercial partners insurance company, according to the Uber website. Lyft has very clear insurance policies for its drivers, with amounts differing when a ride is in session and when a driver is between rides.
What if I was the driver in a car and have been hit by a Uber or Lyft car?
If an Uber or Lyft car has hit your car, that driver is responsible. These drivers are required to carry personal insurance, and they are covered by their companies’ policies.
In Georgia, however, you must prove that the responsible party is more than half responsible for the accident. Don’t try to manage this case without a personal injury attorney. Call our offices at 404-400-4000 and let us see how we can help you.
What is required to become an Uber Driver, or Lyft Driver?
In Georgia, all ridesharing drivers must pass a background check.
Uber and Lyft drivers are not required to have a commercial driver’s license like commercial truck and bus drivers. The only requirements are being 21 or older and have a car that meets certain standards. They are not required to be fingerprinted, get a physical or have extra training.
What can I recover from an Uber or Lyft accident?
Just like in any personal injury accident, you are entitled to recover for any reasonable and necessary medical costs, lost wages if you are unable to work and pain and suffering. In addition, if the driver is criminally at fault, for example, if he is drunk, you are entitled to punitive damages—these damages go above and beyond your costs of the accident and are meant to punish the driver for disobeying the law.
Our staff at John Foy & Associates will also work to make sure you get the proper medical care before the case is settled, and we’ll get you back in your vehicle if it has been damaged.
How are Uber or Lyft car accidents different from other accidents?
In a ridesharing accident, there are multiple insurance policies involved—the company, the driver and you may all have insurance policies. “The benefit of hiring a lawyer is that there may be additional insurance policies in play that you won’t know about unless you’re represented,” says firm founder John Foy.
And just like in any auto accident, injuries may not always be apparent. The insurance companies want you to settle quickly, you may even want to settle quickly just to get the bad experience behind you. But once you settle, you sign away any right to recover damages from that accident.
What if the Uber or Lyft driver has no passengers when he hits me?
Georgia, along with a few other states, passed legislation requiring ridesharing companies to cover their drivers who accept a fare but haven’t yet picked up their passengers.
At John Foy & Associates, our investigators will dig into the facts of your accident to see if the driver was “on the clock” or just driving for personal use. Either way, we’ll be able to handle your case.
How can an Uber or Lyft Accident Attorney help me?
Without a personal injury attorney representing you, you will be at the mercy of a large sophisticated multi-million dollar company that really doesn’t care if you’re taken care of. They’ll delay any payment and offer small settlements. A lot of people are eager to take a quick settlement just to move on from the accident. Insurance companies look at cases very differently if they know you’re represented. You only have one chance to get what you deserve, let the accident attorneys at John Foy & Associates help you. Our phone line is staffed every day of the year, 404-400-4000. We’re the experts at personal injury law.