Gainesville Rideshare Accident Attorney
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Hall County
We rely on rideshare app drivers to get us where we need to go safely. While many rideshare drivers are careful and attentive behind the wheel, accidents can and do still happen. For those injured in Uber and Lyft accidents, the future may be fraught with expensive, ongoing medical treatment, lost wages, and immense pain and suffering. What options do you have for recovery?
In fact, you may be able to bring a claim against the rideshare driver or sue Uber/Lyft directly after an accident. These cases are very complex and far more difficult to win than standard car accident claims. We strongly encourage you to contact our experienced legal team at Hasty Pope, LLP for help with your case. From our Gainesville, GA office, we proudly represent clients throughout Hall County, offering personalized legal services and dedicated advocacy every step of the way.
Contact our firm online or by phone at (770) 741-1951 today to request a free consultation with one of our Gainesville rideshare accident attorneys.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you were involved in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, whether as the passenger or as the occupant of another vehicle, there are a few steps you should take to protect your rights:
- Check yourself and others for injuries. If necessary, call 911.
- Get to safety; remain in the vehicle unless it is unsafe to do so.
- Call the police and have them come out to the scene of the accident.
- File an official accident with the police officer at the scene.
- Get the name, contact information, and insurance information of the driver(s) involved.
- Get the insurance information for the appropriate rideshare company (if possible).
- Document the accident—take pictures, write down the make and model of the other vehicles involved, and talk to any witnesses who saw what happened.
- Report the accident to the appropriate rideshare company.
- Notify your auto insurance provider about the accident.
- Contact an attorney.
In most cases, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a rideshare accident, even before talking to the insurance company. This is because insurance providers often try to devalue or deny claims; their adjusters may try to argue that you were at fault or that you had a pre-existing condition. In cases involving rideshare drivers, working with the insurance company becomes even more complicated, as the rideshare driver may not be covered under their own private insurance company and the rideshare company may dispute liability.
Who Is Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Determining who is liable for an Uber or Lyft accident is difficult. The rideshare driver, the company they drive for, or even a third party could all share some degree of liability. One of the first things we do here at Hasty Pope, LLP when handling these claims is determine who was at fault for the accident.
Because Georgia is a fault state, you must prove that someone else was at least 50% to blame for the accident to recover compensation. This is true in all motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving rideshare vehicles. After establishing fault, our Gainesville rideshare accident attorneys will work to prove that the rideshare driver was covered by their company’s insurance policy at the time of the accident.
Both Uber and Lyft provide coverage for their drivers in the following circumstances:
- When the driver has the app turned on but has not accepted a ride: limited coverage for both bodily injury/death and property damage
- When the driver has the app turned on, has accepted a ride, but does not have the passenger in the vehicle: limited coverage up to $1 million
- When the driver has the app turned on, has accepted a ride, and has a passenger in the vehicle: limited coverage up to $1 million
Uber and Lyft both classify their drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This is important, as it allows these rideshare companies to argue that they are not liable for their drivers’ conduct, as they are not subject to respondeat superior rules and other employer liability laws.
Because of this, it is critical that you work with an attorney who is not only well-versed in Georgia personal injury laws but also has an in-depth understanding of how rideshare accident claims work.
Put Over 150 Years of Combined Experience on Your Side
When you or someone you love has suffered because of the negligence of another person, you need a dedicated legal team that will fight for your recovery. At Hasty Pope, LLP, LLP, we have a long history of success and deep roots in the local community. We care greatly about helping ordinary people fight for their rights against the interests of large companies and insurance providers.
Our Gainesville Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can help you with every legal detail, from notifying the rideshare company about the accident to negotiating with their insurance adjusters to taking on their defense team in court. Our goal is to aggressively advocate for you while you simply focus on healing.
We do not collect any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses; instead, our attorneys are only paid if you are! We also do not charge anything for initial consultations and case evaluations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our firm today to discuss your potential case.
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