Georgia Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
Navigating insurance claims after you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident can be confusing, but you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Call our experienced Georgia Uber and Lyft accident lawyers today at (877) 245-6707 for a free consultation. We’ll handle the entire claims process so you can recover physically and financially.
If you’ve been severely injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation through multiple insurance claims. Contact us today to talk to a knowledgeable Georgia rideshare accident lawyer at no cost or obligation.
A Law Firm You Can Trust for Big Results
Our Georgia car accident lawyers have been helping injured accident victims recover maximum compensation since 1979, and we were among the first to help rideshare accident victims after Uber launched in Georgia in 2013. We have recovered more than $2 billion for our clients, and our results are no accident.
We are a family-centric law firm that puts clients first, and our results come from caring, understanding, and hard work. When you hire our award-winning Uber car accident lawyers in Georgia, you’ll get personal attention and support from a local team of experienced attorneys with access to our large firm’s resources. This enables us to go up against large companies and win.
We pride ourselves on investing our resources into helping those who need it most, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
We Handle Rideshare Accident Cases in All Areas of Georgia
Regardless of where you are in Georgia, our nationally-recognized Georgia personal injury lawyers are never too far away to help you. Whether you need a Columbus Uber accident lawyer, a rideshare accident lawyer in Athens, or a Lyft accident lawyer in Savannah, our attorneys will be there to support you and fight for you.
Hear What Our Past Clients Say About Working With Us
We treat every client with honesty, dignity, and respect. Our open-door policy ensures you can always reach us, and we will keep you informed on the progress of your case. Most importantly, we won’t give up until you are fairly compensated. As a result, we have received thousands of unsolicited testimonials from our satisfied clients throughout the state, including the following:
“My experience with Mr. Bradley Robinson was really good. From the very beginning, he clearly explained the process, leaving no surprises along the way. When the time for mediation came, he worked diligently to ensure I received the compensation I deserved for the accident. I highly recommend Mr. Robinson as an attorney.”
—Suzanne P. of Savannah
“Absolutely fantastic!!! Handled everything so I could focus on getting better and moving forward with my life. My case, simply put, was complicated but was handled with extreme professionalism and patience. Thank you so much, Jay McCurdy!”
—Daimien S. of Brunswick
How We Can Help if You’ve Been Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Georgia
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, our skilled Georgia rideshare attorneys can be at the site within hours, and we will go right to work fighting for justice. We want you to be able to focus on your health and family without having to worry about legal details. We will do the following for you in a caring, supportive environment:
- Investigate your accident and determine who is liable.
- Review your medical records to assess your injuries and their long-term impact.
- Calculate your case value.
- Answer your phone calls.
- Negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement.
- Take your case to trial if the rideshare and insurance companies refuse to pay the compensation you deserve.
Our Georgia Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are accomplished trial lawyers with decades of successful experience facing down large companies in court. While most of our cases settle successfully, a few insurance companies refuse to take responsibility. We prepare every case for trial, and we are unafraid to take claims to court.
How Does Insurance Work for Uber and Lyft Accidents in Georgia?
When you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation from one or more insurance policies, whether you are a driver or passenger in a rideshare or other vehicle.
Georgia is a tort state, which means that in an accident, you file your claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. State law requires rideshare networks to carry $1 million in general liability insurance, but coverage varies depending on your role in the accident, who caused the accident, and the driver’s status.
If You Are an Uber or Lyft Driver in an Accident
If you’re an injured rideshare driver in an accident caused by another driver, you can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. If you maintain collision and comprehensive coverage on your Uber or Lyft vehicle, Uber and Lyft also provide collision and comprehensive coverage. This applies if you were on your way to pick up a rider or transporting a rider when the accident happened.
If You Are a Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident during a ride, you may be able to file a claim against Uber’s insurance policy, another driver’s insurance policy, or both.
If another driver caused the accident, you must file a claim against that driver’s insurance policy. If the rideshare driver caused the accident, you can file a claim against the rideshare company’s insurance policy, which must provide coverage for up to $1 million in damages.
Fault for an accident isn’t always straightforward. While one driver can be 100 percent at fault, it is not uncommon for drivers to share fault for an accident. If this is the case, you may have a claim against both drivers’ policies.
Determining fault for any accident is crucial in ensuring you recover all the damages you deserve. Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys work with accident reconstructionists to identify all the parties that share blame for your accident.
If an Uber or Lyft Driver Causes the Accident
If you’ve been hit in your own vehicle by a rideshare driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation from the driver’s personal insurance policy or the rideshare company’s insurance, depending on the driver’s status:
- If the driver was providing a ride or was en route to pick up a rider, you are entitled to file a claim against the rideshare company’s $1 million liability insurance policy.
- If the driver was logged into the app but had not accepted a ride, you can still file a claim against the rideshare company’s liability insurance, which provides $50,000 for bodily injury, up to $100,000 per accident, and $50,000 for property damage.
- If the driver was not logged into the app, you must file your claim against the driver’s personal insurance policy.
If You Were Hit by an Uninsured Driver as a Rideshare Driver or Rider
Uninsured motorist insurance policies cover bodily injuries and property damage caused by drivers who fail to carry insurance. Uber and Lyft both carry uninsured motorist coverage in Georgia, but a recent change in the state rideshare laws has reduced this coverage from $1 million to the following:
- $100,000 for the injuries of any one person in an accident.
- $300,000 total for the injuries of multiple people in the same accident.
- $25,000 for property damage.
If the driver that hit you carried insurance, but the driver’s policy limits are insufficient to cover all of your damages, Uber and Lyft also carry underinsured motorist policies, which cover your damages that exceed the at-fault driver’s coverage, up to the limits listed above.
For example, if the driver that hit you only carried the minimum amount of coverage of $25,000 for injuries to one person in an accident, you could file a claim for up to an additional $100,000 in damages.
Who Is Liable for My Rideshare Accident Injuries?
In most rideshare accidents, the rideshare driver or another driver is liable. However, there are times when Uber or Lyft are also liable at the company level. This could entitle you to file a lawsuit against the rideshare company for damages above and beyond what the insurance covers.
For example, if you are injured by a drunk or reckless rideshare driver, you may be able to hold Uber or Lyft accountable for inadequate driver screening. Our experienced Georgia Lyft and Uber attorneys will investigate the driver’s history and look for evidence to prove that Uber or Lyft was negligent in hiring the driver.
Drivers and rideshare companies aren’t the only parties that may be liable for your accident. Other potential defendants include manufacturers of defective car parts, a government agency that maintained unsafe road conditions, a negligent car repair company, and others.
Identifying all of the liable parties is one of the most important jobs a competent rideshare accident attorney in Georgia does. Each time an additional liable party is identified, the pool of available compensation increases. Call our skilled Georgia Lyft and Uber lawyers today at (877) 245-6707 for a free consultation.
Damages Available Following a Rideshare Accident
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to receive special damages, which is compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more. If your injury will leave you with long-term or permanent disabilities, you can also pursue damages for your lost earning capacity.
Some losses following a motor vehicle accident are related to your quality of life and cannot be quantified with a price tag. These are known as general damages and may include the following:
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of bodily functions.
- Scarring and disfigurement.
- And more.
If you’ve lost a family member in a rideshare accident, you have the right to pursue damages for your loved one’s burial expenses, medical expenses, pain, and suffering. You can also pursue compensation for your loved one’s lost earnings and your family’s emotional losses, such as loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance.
If you have clear and convincing evidence of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, such as drunk driving, against the at-fault driver, you may be able to significantly increase your compensation by pursuing punitive damages. These damages are awarded as a punishment against the defendant and can be substantial.
What To Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident in Georgia
The most important action you can take after an Uber or Lyft accident is to complete your medical treatment. This safeguards your health and provides proof of the cost and necessity of treatment.
The next most important step is to contact a reputable Georgia Uber and Lyft accident attorney. We perform detailed accident investigations, and the sooner you involve our experienced team of rideshare accident lawyers, the more likely that crucial evidence needed to prove your case will still be available.
We will also deal with the rideshare companies and their insurance companies for you. When you are unrepresented, these companies may take advantage of you while you’re injured. They may persuade you to sign away your rights in exchange for a low-ball settlement. They may claim to be trying to help you while encouraging you to unknowingly make statements they can use against you later.
Don’t let these large, rich companies get away with short-changing you. Before you talk to any of their representatives, call our devoted and skilled Georgia Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at (877) 245-6707.
Georgia Requirements To Drive for Uber or Lyft
The state of Georgia requires all rideshare network drivers to undergo a private background check through the company or maintain a for-hire endorsement on their licenses. To qualify for the for-hire endorsement, the following criteria must be met:
- No felony convictions in the last 10 years.
- No sex offenses or offenses against minors at any time.
- Must submit fingerprints for an FBI background check.
- Must be a citizen of the United States or a legal, documented immigrant.
You must meet similar criteria to pass the private background checks offered by the rideshare companies. Both companies also perform a motor vehicle record check. Drivers with drunk driving convictions in the last seven years, multiple moving violations, or a single serious moving violation in the last three years are not accepted by Lyft. Uber requires a clean driving record.
Neither Uber nor Lyft require fingerprint background checks for drivers, and this could result in hiring errors.
Lyft requires drivers in Georgia to be 25 years old or older, while Uber allows Georgia drivers to be as young as 21. Both platforms perform new driver screenings annually.
Contact Our Experienced Georgia Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Georgia, you don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. We’ll be there for you through the entire process. Call our Georgia Uber and Lyft accident attorneys today at (877) 245-6707 for a free consultation.