Atlanta Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
If you live in a major metropolitan area like Atlanta, ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber are nothing short of revolutionary. Cheaper, faster, and easier to use than a traditional cab service, ridesharing companies have made getting around town a breeze. But, as with all things, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Anyone involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver can find themselves taking a complicated and costly trip.
If you have been injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft, give the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Grant Law Offices a call. We're committed to helping those who have been injured. To schedule a free consultation, dial (404) 995-3955 today.
What can be done? Unlike the taxi services of old, Uber and Lyft approach customer service and safety in a different manner. Currently, they do their best to remain at a distance from their users, their drivers, and the communities they serve. They do this by claiming their drivers aren't employees and that their service just connects people needing rides to drivers. This is a blatant attempt to shield themselves from any liability should an accident occur with one of their drivers.
Unlike taxi companies, Uber and Lyft do not conduct thorough background checks before signing up “independent contractors,” have minimal vehicle inspection requirements, and do not report to a government safety commission. They are less regulated as a whole, and this creates more potential for accidents.
Ridesharing companies are a new concept to the road. As a result, many of the rules and lawmakers who govern “transportation network companies” are rushing to catch up. There is no clearer example of this than in an Uber or Lyft driver’s insurance coverage.
The company says it is just providing technology which enables a for-hire driver to seek out passengers. Unfortunately, as a result, both drivers and passengers can be left uncovered when an accident occurs in certain stages of the ride. However, when a rideshare driver is transporting a passenger to his or her destination, Uber and Lyft are required to have a commercial liability policy to protect them—with a minimum of $1 million. But the company probably won’t be willing to give it up. To determine whether you are covered by a driver’s insurance, the company policy, or your own coverage, contact the Georgia personal injury lawyers at Grant Law Office after a rideshare crash.
Atlanta is a bustling city. Every day, countless taxicabs pick up passengers and take them to watch a Braves game at Turner Field, catch a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, or attend a work conference at the Georgia International Convention Center. While most cab rides go off without a hitch, some lead to crashes that cause considerable damages to faultless passengers.
When it comes to taxi service, the definition of a "passenger" is not limited to someone sitting in the cab while it is in motion. A person becomes a passenger the moment a cab stops for him/her, and s/he remains a passenger until s/he has gotten out of the taxicab and reached a place of safety away from the taxicab. In some cases, identifying which party is liable for a crash may be a simple task. In others, it may require a thorough investigation of the facts. The following parties may be held liable in a taxi accident claim:
- The Taxi Driver: The taxi business model rewards efficiency and speed. This encourages less scrupulous drivers to engage in dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, and weaving through traffic, for the sake of more pay at the end of the day.
- The Cab Company: Cab companies are responsible for screening prospective employees in the hiring process, providing them with adequate training, and supervising them on their progress. They are also responsible for keeping taxi cabs in safe operating condition.
- The City Government: The City of Atlanta is responsible for regulating the taxi industry and conducting inspections of taxi cabs to ensure they are in working order.
Each party described above has the duty to uphold their own particular standard of care. Failure to do so can constitute negligence, and easily result in a serious collision.
The only way to get the compensation you need following an Uber, Lyft, or taxi accident is with the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney. Depending on the damages you or a loved one have suffered, you could be pursue financial awards to cover:
- Emergency medical transportation and attention
- Extended hospital accommodations
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Doctor’s fees and visits
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Wrongful death
Grant Law Office is ready to fight Uber or Lyft and their insurance companies. If you've been in a wreck while riding in one of their vehicle, or with one of their drivers, call us. We are also ready to fight a taxi company and its driver.
If you have been in an accident in a for-hire vehicle, get in touch with the legal team at Grant Law Office right away. We will preserve medical records, witness statements, relevant recordings from the taxi's black box, and other vital evidence to ensure you have a strong claim case and get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Atlanta injury attorneys today for a free case review at (404) 995-3955.
- How Uber, Lyft and Atlanta Rideshare Companies Handle Car Accidents
- In Case of an Accident - Uber
- Georgia Motor Carrier Act of 2012 (HB 865) - Georgia Public Service Commission
- Georgia Department of Public Safety - MCCD Regulations Compliance
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