Rideshare services are more common than ever in Alpharetta. Although Uber and Lyft are convenient, drivers are not perfect. Sometimes, accidents happen. If an accident left you injured, an Alpharetta Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can help.
Rideshare injury cases are more complex than other car accidents. You need an experienced lawyer to walk you through the best steps. At John Foy & Associates, we bring over 20 years of experience to the table.
We can help you build a strong case to recover your costs. You can learn more during a FREE consultation. To get started for FREE today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
How to Know Who’s Responsible for Your Rideshare Accident
In Georgia, the person who caused the accident is responsible for the damages. As the injured person, you can seek compensation for your costs (Georgia Code Section 51-12-4). The at-fault party’s insurance company usually covers those damages.
You will need to have proof of the driver’s fault. A rideshare accident lawyer can help you gather the right evidence. Keep in mind that Uber and Lyft accident claims are different from other cases.
The responsible party varies depending on the ride status. Here’s how Uber’s insurance works:
- Uber driver has their app off or is not accepting rides: The driver’s personal insurance applies.
- Uber driver is available or waiting for a ride request: The driver’s insurance applies first. Uber provides third-party liability insurance if the driver’s insurer doesn’t cover the accident.
- Uber driver currently has or is heading to pick up a passenger: Uber provides $1 million in insurance coverage.
As you can see, Uber does not always cover an accident. (Lyft’s policies are very similar.) Your compensation options will depend on the crash details.
If the ridesharing company’s insurance doesn’t apply, you can turn to the driver’s insurance. However, insurance companies will not always cover rideshare accidents. It’s essential to know your options as you build your case.
Talk to a rideshare accident lawyer as soon as you can. A lawyer can sort out the best course of action for you.
Bringing a Case Against Uber or Lyft in Alpharetta
Many rideshare accident victims wonder if they can sue Uber or Lyft. The answer is, “only in rare situations.” It’s tough to sue these companies because:
- Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
- If a driver causes an accident, the company does not protect them like an employee.
- Uber and Lyft are not responsible for each driver’s actions because they are not employers.
There are particular cases where you might be able to sue Uber or Lyft. You could have a lawsuit if the company violated hiring standards. For example, maybe they hired a driver who should have known was dangerous.
If you think you can file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft, contact a lawyer. Your lawyer can determine your options. Even if you can’t sue, you might be able to settle with the insurance company.
Why Uber and Lyft Accidents Are Complicated
Uber and Lyft legal cases can involve multiple insurance companies. You could end up filing a claim with the driver’s and the company’s insurer. There might be additional options that only a lawyer can identify.
Large companies are also powerful. They have broad insurance policies that they will fight hard to protect. You will need an Uber and Lyft lawyer to represent your side. Otherwise, the insurer will try to take advantage of your vulnerable situation.
Avoid talking to the insurance company until you have a lawyer. Your lawyer can handle all communication. They can also work to negotiate a fair settlement.
Damages You Can Recover From a Rideshare Accident
After an Uber or Lyft accident, you can seek compensation for your damages. Your “damages” are losses from the crash. If you have any physical injuries, you have damages.
Examples of accident costs include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering
Don’t file your claim until you know all of your damages. It’s best to complete all medical treatment first. If you will need ongoing treatment, your lawyer can calculate future costs.
At John Foy & Associates, our goal is to get you a full recovery. We believe no one should pay for an accident they didn’t cause. To learn more during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Rideshare Accident in Alpharetta
After the accident, there are practical actions you can take. Here are some things you can do right at the scene.
Report the Accident
Call 911 to report the crash to the police. Officers will create an accident report. This record will provide proof that the accident occurred.
Get Information From the Driver
If you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, ask the driver for the following:
- Full name
- Contact information
- Insurance policy number
- Uber or Lyft’s contact number
If you were another driver in the accident, exchange your names, contact information, and insurance information with the rideshare driver.
Photo evidence preserves the scene for your case. If you can, take pictures of:
- Your injuries
- Your vehicle damage (if you were another driver)
- Any personal property damage
- The entire accident scene
Talk to Witnesses
If other people saw the accident happen, talk to them. Ask for their names and contact information. Your lawyer can reach out to them for statements later.
After leaving the scene, see a doctor as soon as possible. (If you have severe injuries, get medical attention immediately.) Also, keep track of all bills, receipts, and other evidence of your costs.
Talk to an Alpharetta Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer for Free
Uber and Lyft accident cases are not simple. Thankfully, an experienced lawyer can handle the legal side of things. At John Foy & Associates, we are here to help you build a strong case.
We do not charge a fee unless we win you money. There is no risk to start working with us. Our lawyers will listen carefully and compassionately. Our number one goal is to recover your damages.
To get a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online today.