Throughout the Atlanta metro area and around the country, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become a part of everyday life. However, when one of these cars gets into a crash, passengers and others on the road could face difficult medical, financial and legal challenges. At Evans & Evans Attorneys at Law, P.C. in Griffin, Larry Keith Evans is a Georgia rideshare accident attorney who represents clients in lawsuits and insurance claims so they can get justice against the parties that caused their injury.
Despite their popularity and growth over the past decade, rideshare services do not require drivers to undertake any special safety training before starting work as a contractor. Unlike other states, Georgia does not mandate additional inspections for Uber and Lyft cars. They simply have to be manufactured after a certain date, have four doors and be in good condition. With no more safety instruction or certification than anyone else on the road, the person driving you could be someone who is as likely, or more likely, to get into a crash than the average motorist.
Like others on the road, rideshare contractors frequently drive carelessly or intentionally commit traffic offenses. An Uber or Lyft driver might be more prone to driving while distracted as they monitor their phone for driving directions and/or their next passenger. To increase the amount of fares they carry, they might speed, tailgate or ignore a yield sign to complete the trip more quickly. This not only increases the likelihood of a collision, but also the severity of injuries that result. Our Griffin auto accident attorney has the skill and background to litigate claims relating to serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage.
Anyone who has used a rideshare app knows that every aspect of the trip is recorded by the platform. When litigating Uber and Lyft accident claims, we use this data, along with other forms of evidence to help prove our clients’ case. Dashboard and traffic camera footage can also be very useful.
Georgia has a fault-based insurance system that requires the carrier for the party who caused the crash to compensate victims for their injuries. These claims can cover tangible special damages, such as medical bills and lost income, as well as general damages for pain and suffering. Drawing on decades of experience, our attorney gathers the necessary evidence to make the strongest possible case on behalf of passengers and others injured by negligent contractors. If the rideshare driver is not responsible for the crash, but the at-fault driver lacks proper insurance, the rideshare company’s Uninsured Motorist policy should cover your damages.
Insurance coverage for Lyft and Uber contractors depends on how the driver was engaged with the service at the time the accident occurred. If the driver was carrying a passenger or on their way to pick one up, they are fully covered. A contractor who is on the road waiting to be booked by a passenger is covered by the company’s liability insurance only — up to $50,0000 per injury, with a maximum of $100,000. Individuals not accepting rides at the moment of a crash have no access to rideshare insurance.
Evans & Evans Attorneys at Law, P.C. in Griffin seeks compensation for Georgians who have been hurt in crashes involving rideshare vehicles. To schedule a free consultation with an accomplished attorney, please call 770-228-5530 or contact us online.