Atlanta Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Uber and Lyft are taking over the streets, or so it feels at times. In some cities, rideshare vehicle miles account for up to 14 percent of all miles driven, according to The Verge. If you were injured as an occupant of a rideshare vehicle, as a driver of another car or as a pedestrian, or as the driver of a rideshare vehicle yourself, you need to contact an experienced attorney because these types of personal injury claims are often complex when Uber or Lyft are involved. Our Atlanta rideshare accident lawyer at Sawyer Injury Law has handled all types of rideshare collisions, and we’re confident that we can help you receive the full amount of compensation that you are owed.
Compensation From the At-Fault Party Depends on Many Factors
As with any type of crash, the party who causes a rideshare collision should be the first you seek compensation from. As such, if you were a passenger in a rideshare crash and another driver T-boned you while running a red light, that negligent driver is liable, not the rideshare company or rideshare driver.
However, you may be able to seek compensation from the rideshare company if the rideshare driver was partially at fault. The compensation you can receive from the rideshare company depends on the status of the “ride” at the time of the crash.
If you were a passenger of a rideshare vehicle or you were another road user (including a driver, car occupant, pedestrian, cyclist, or motorcyclist), the following Uber and Lyft insurance policies apply to you if the rideshare driver caused the collision:
- App was off:
- The rideshare driver’s personal auto insurer is liable, not Uber or Lyft.
- App was on and driver was waiting for a ride request:
- $50,000 per person for bodily injury; and
- $100,000 per accident for bodily injury.
- App was on and driver had a passenger in the vehicle, or was en route to pick up a passenger:
- $1 million bodily injury.
Why You Need to Work With an Attorney
As with any personal injury claim, the defendant’s insurance company will attempt to deny liability or the severity of your damages caused by the rideshare crash. An attorney will vastly improve your chances of receiving the full amount of compensation that the at-fault party owes you, whether that party is the rideshare company, another driver who caused the crash, or both if both drivers are found negligent in causing the collision.
Contact an Atlanta Rideshare Collision Attorney Today
Rideshare crashes are complicated. The rideshare company may claim that the app was offline at the time of the crash, even if you know that to be untrue. The rideshare driver could attempt to blame another driver on the road, or Uber or Lyft could attempt the same. The insurance company you end up seeking compensation from could attempt to reduce the value of your claim by arguing that your injuries are not as serious as they actually are.
Because of all of these issues, the only way to ensure fair compensation is to work with a lawyer. Contact us today at Sawyer Injury Law to set up a free consultation with an Atlanta rideshare accident lawyer.