Rideshare platforms like Uber and Lyft are exploding in popularity across the Atlanta metropolitan area, with many residents and tourists relying on these services to travel from place to place. However, rideshare drivers can commit negligent acts — leading to serious collisions and severe injuries.
If you are in an accident with a rideshare driver, Hilley & Frieder, P.C. can help. Our Atlanta Uber & Lyft accident attorneys will help you navigate the complex claims process to help you achieve maximum possible compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.
Georgia is a fault car insurance state, which means the driver responsible for your accident must pay for your damages. As a result, you have two main options for compensation after a collision with an Uber or Lyft driver: filing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit.
In most car accident claims, the first step to compensation is filing an insurance claim. If this process does not end favorably, you can proceed to a lawsuit. Uber and Lyft both provide insurance coverage to drivers and passengers, but only after you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If the insurance company denies your claim or does not provide you with adequate compensation, Uber and Lyft allow you to file a claim with the company policy. These companies follow very similar coverage structures.
Uber and Lyft consider their drivers independent contractors, not employees. By doing so, these companies remove themselves from liability in situations where one of their drivers causes an accident.
As a result, you cannot file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft directly after suffering an accident in one of their vehicles. However, if the insurance processes do not end successfully, you may be able to progress your claim to a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
If you are in an Atlanta car accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, the attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. are here to help. Our Uber & Lyft accident attorneys have over 35 years of experience in personal injury law and have the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to represent your best interests.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your options for compensation.