Anytime you climb into a Lyft, Uber, or a taxi within the Atlanta area, there is always the risk that you will be involved in an accident. These incredibly popular modes of transportation mean that many thousands of people every week engage their services. With the amount of traffic on Atlanta streets and highways, accidents are inevitable, as are injuries. When a person is injured either by another driver's negligence or by your driver's negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a Lyft, Uber, or a taxi accident in Atlanta, Georgia or the surrounding areas, experienced personal injury attorney John D. Hadden is here to help. You deserve to have your rights upheld.
Atlanta, Georgia Ride-Sharing & Taxi Accident Lawyer
John D. Hadden focuses his practice on representing victims of motor vehicle accidents. Some cases are more complicated than others, and that is often the case when a victim is injured from an accident involving a Lyft driver, Uber driver, or taxi driver. Their unique status can pose certain challenges that are not present in other typical car accidents.
Attorney Hadden's experience lends him insight into these specific types of car accidents. He can identify causes (e.g., a distracted Uber driving using a phone to find a location) and all the potential defendants (e.g., the employer and the driver). He also has resources available to ensure a comprehensive investigation and negotiation skills to successfully navigate the arguments made by the driver and his or her employer and any other potential defendant.
Accidents as a Passenger: What to Do
If you were injured while as a passenger in a Lyft, Uber, or a taxi cab you have rights that deserve to be protected. Whether the accident is the fault of your driver or another driver, ultimately the party that was negligent should be held responsible. If your driver was at fault, you will have the opportunity to make a claim against, or sue, if necessary, the driver as well as his or her employer. Taxi drivers are sometimes employees of their companies and sometimes independent contractors, while Lyft and Uber drivers are typically considered independent contractors.
If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against that other driver to get compensation for your injuries. You will also go after that other driver's insurance company as well.
Hit by a Lyft, Uber, or Taxi: What to Do
When you are driving your own vehicle (or a passenger in another vehicle) and are hit by a Lyft, Uber, or taxi, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit. In this case, you will seek to prove that the driver of the other vehicle was at fault.
You can hold both the driver responsible as well as the company for whom they work for. This provides you with more potential sources of financial compensation so that you are appropriately compensated for any harm you have suffered.
Insurance Coverage for Lyft, Uber, and Taxi Accidents
When you are involved in an accident with one of these ridesharing services or a taxi cab, there is insurance coverage that these companies are required to carry under Georgia law. As this is the case, you and your personal injury attorney will make sure to include the insurance carrier in the lawsuit and negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you are fully compensated for your claim.
Uber and Lyft carry different levels of insurance based upon their status at the time of the accident. According to Uber's web site, if a driver is using the app before picking up a ride, the following insurance coverage applies:
- $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per occurrence
- $25,000 in property damage coverage
When a driver currently has a passenger or is on his or her way to pick up a passenger, the amount of insurance coverage increases to $1 million, and uninsured motorist coverage may also be available.
These amounts demonstrate the potential source of compensation for you following an injury. Taxi companies usually carry much lower amounts of coverage, which may not be sufficient to pay for all of the damages a victim may suffer. In these cases, uninsured motorist coverage may be available to provide additional coverage to compensate injured victims. Your experienced personal injury attorney will be able to name the correct parties in your lawsuit and get the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Lyft, Uber, and Taxi Accident Attorney
Lyft, Uber, and taxi accidents can lead to minor injuries as much as they can cause catastrophic injury or death. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you are entitled to financial compensation. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.
Contact experienced Atlanta, Georgia Lyft, Uber, and taxi accident attorney John D. Hadden at the Hadden Law Firm today for a consultation.