Ridesharing is a convenient and economical way to get around, and a welcome alternative to taxis. However, ridesharing drivers are involved in accidents, just like other drivers. If you have been seriously injured in a ridesharing accident, call Brodhead Law in Atlanta right away. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you with a claim for compensation.
Ridesharing is a means of transportation in which multiple people use the same vehicle to arrive at their destinations. Uber and Lyft are ridesharing companies. The services they provide are often called real-time, on-demand, or peer-to-peer ridesharing. A person using the service can request transportation in real-time, after which the ridesharing driver receives the information and travels to the person’s location to provide transportation to a destination. Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing drivers are only required to carry a standard driver’s license (hence, peer-to-peer), unlike taxi drivers, who are required to carry a commercial license.
Ridesharing accidents differ from other types of car accidents in terms of liability and the source of recovery.
Uber and Lyft provide insurance that applies from the time the driver accepts a ride until the user is dropped off at his or her destination. This commercial insurance may have a much higher policy limit than an individual driver’s automobile coverage. If you were injured in a single-vehicle accident involving the ridesharing driver, or in an accident that was the Uber or Lyft driver’s fault, the company’s insurance should cover your damages.
However, if you were hurt in a collision caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver, the same as you would if you were involved in an accident as a passenger in any other vehicle. Regardless of fault, it is important to notify the ridesharing company of your accident and injuries (using the app) as soon as possible after it occurs.
If you have been seriously injured in a ridesharing accident, it is in your best interest to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side to protect your rights and pursue compensation for your damages. Contact Brodhead Law today for representation from trial lawyers who take action to pursue the maximum in damages.