What Happens If You Are Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident?


October 24, 2015

Ride share companies Uber and Lyft have gained in popularity in Atlanta and in the Southeast. These companies aim to provide a cheaper and quicker alternative to taxis, allowing users to download apps on their cell phone from which they can summon a driver. Uber and Lyft drivers are private individuals who sign up with the company to transport passengers. Vehicles are generally not marked as Uber or Lyft vehicles and drivers usually do not have any specific training. While these services can be a great way for individuals to get around, they also present some legal quandaries.

Recently, Miley Cyrus and a friend were involved in a fender bender while riding in an Uber in Los Angeles. The accident likely left Cyrus and many others wondering what will happen in the event they are injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident. Cyrus' accident is just one of several notable Uber accidents to occur in recent months. In California, a woman was recently killed after an Uber car she was riding in collided with another vehicle. Given that car accidents occur by the millions each year, there is a chance that any Uber or Lyft passenger could be involved in an accident from the moment they step into the vehicle. Other drivers are also at risk of being hit by these vehicles.

The following is a look at two accident scenarios involving Uber or Lyft drivers and what your right to recovery could be:

What if you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car and your driver causes an accident?
If your driver causes the accident, you could have an accident claim against him or her. Georgia requires that rideshare companies operating in the state have at least a $1 million insurance policy for personal injury or property damage per occurrence and must also provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage of at least one million per incident. Accordingly, you can seek compensation from your driver and the ridesharing company to obtain coverage for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.

What if an Uber of Lyft driver crashes into my vehicle and injures me in a car accident?
If you were driving or riding in another vehicle and an Uber or Lyft driver struck your vehicle, resulting in injuries or property damage, you can seek compensation from the driver responsible for the accident. Your situation is quite similar to any other car accident case. Your driver should be insured for at least $1 million through the ridesharing company in the state of Georgia. Your attorney will assist you in making a claim against the at fault ridesharing driver.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Georgia Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured due to negligence across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your car case, providing you with the dedicated representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20150506/NEWS06/150509892/georgia-spells-out-rideshare-insurance-requirements?tags=%7C338%7C70%7C71%7C80%7C83%7C302

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/miley-cyrus-and-cody-simpson-in-accident-when-their-uber-hits-another-car/ar-AAdWLXk 

Category: Auto Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.