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Ridesharing Collisions

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.

Why Choose Brodhead Law, LLC?

  • Our attorneys use sophisticated strategies to obtain the highest possible recoveries. We prepare our cases thoroughly and will actually go to trial to fight for our clients, which  insurance companies know and fear.
  • We have an in-depth understanding of how to handle ridesharing accident cases and can develop legal strategies to pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
  • We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis, allowing you access to the legal system and justice. There is never a fee unless we recover compensation for you.

What Is Ridesharing?

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.

How Does Ridesharing Work?

  • People who need a ride use an app that pinpoints their current location.
  • Drivers in the area who are registered with that ridesharing company receive a notification that someone is requesting a ride.
  • Through the app, the driver accepts the ride and uses an integrated GPS system to navigate to the user’s location.
  • When the driver arrives, the user is taken to his or her destination and dropped off.
  • There is no exchange of money between the user and the driver. The entire transaction is conducted through the app.

How Are Rideshare Accidents Different than Other Types of Car Accidents?

Ridesharing accidents differ from other types of car accidents in terms of liability and the source of recovery.

When the Ridesharing Driver Is At Fault

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.

When the Crash Was Caused by Another Driver

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.

Get In Touch with Our Firm

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.