Atlanta Ridesharing Accident Attorney Helping You With Your Uber or Lyft Claim
Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become very popular, and most people really appreciate the ability to find an affordable ride anywhere they need to go at the touch of an app on their phone. With the rise of rideshare services, however, has come the possibility of being in an accident while using a ridesharing service, or being hit by a Lyft or Uber driver while out in traffic in your own car.
When a rideshare accident happens, it can be difficult to sort out who will be held responsible. The drivers in these services are generally private contractors, and are therefore not always covered by the company or a labor union as a traditional taxi driver might be. The rules for when they are responsible as individuals versus when the company is responsible are complex and confusing. If you have been in an accident with a rideshare driver, whether as a passenger or a driver in your own car, the help of an accomplished rideshare accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
An experienced ridesharing accident lawyer from Sessoms Law Office, LLC is standing by to assist you through the confusing rideshare accident claim process. Call our Atlanta office today at 678-853-7402.
When Are Rideshare Drivers Responsible and When is the Company Responsible?
Where the liability falls in a ridesharing accident case can be difficult to determine. There are complex rules around what happens if the driver is logged in to the ridesharing company’s app at the time of the accident or not, whether the driver has accepted a ride request or not, and whether the accident is the driver’s fault or not. In some cases, only the driver’s own car insurance would cover a rideshare accident claim, and in other cases, the ridesharing company, typically Uber or Lyft, provide liability coverage for their drivers. Which circumstance applies in your case is dependent upon the specific facts of the accident you were a part of.
What Qualifications Must a Rideshare Driver Have?
Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft want their customers and other drivers on the road to be safe, and they have implemented policies to try to ensure safety. To be an Uber or Lyft driver, a person must have an eligible 4-door vehicle, be at least 21 years old, provide proof of insurance, pass a background check, and pass a review of their driving record. Even with these policies in place, however, accidents can happen.
Any time you are injured or your property is damaged by the negligence or malfeasance of another person, you may have the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for the costs incurred as a result of the accident, and to, at least in small part, give you some relief from your pain and suffering. Rideshare accidents are no different.
If you have been injured or had your property damaged in a Uber or Lyft accident at the fault of the rideshare driver, you can seek compensation with the help of an experienced rideshare accident attorney.
What Damages Could I Be Entitled to as a Result of My Ridesharing Accident?
A rideshare accident claim can include requests for damages including reimbursement for any and all medical bills, lost wages due to injuries sustained, and other costs caused by the accident such as transportation to and from doctor visits or medical devices needed in recovery. All of these costs are easy to calculate and prove with receipts and paystubs. These are not the only things you can request compensation for, however. If you are injured in an accident, it is likely that your life has been affected in many ways that cannot be listed on a bill or receipt.
The pain and suffering you have gone through are not your fault if the accident was caused by your rideshare driver, and they can be held liable for compensating you for your pain and suffering in addition to your documented costs. How much to ask for to compensate for pain and suffering is a complicated question. A skilled rideshare accident lawyer knows how to calculate the right amount of compensation based on the details of your particular case.
Call Sessoms Law Group, LLC today at 678-853-7402 to have one of our experienced personal injury attorneys look over the details of your Uber or Lyft accident case and give you knowledgeable legal advice on your next steps.
Is it Worth Hiring a Rideshare Accident Lawyer for my Rideshare Accident Case?
Whether you are seeking compensation from the driver’s insurance company or Uber or Lyft’s insurance company, they are sure to have a team of highly-paid, aggressive lawyers whose whole job is to protect the company from having to pay claims. You will be at a severe disadvantage without sharp and aggressive legal counsel of your own. Call Sessoms Law Group today.