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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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our Atlanta car accident attorneys have over 35 years of experience in personal injury law, securing millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We will work tirelessly to find your optimal pathways to recovery.
  • We are dedicated to open, honest communication throughout each step of your case. Our Atlanta rideshare accident lawyers will guide you through each step of your claim and will promptly inform you of any important updates.
  • Our firm has won multiple awards and is part of numerous organizations recognizing our success and dedication to our clients, including the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100.

The Rideshare Insurance System

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.

  • If the Uber or Lyft driver does not have the Uber or Lyft app open and active at the time of the accident, you receive no coverage from the company policy.
  • If the driver had the app open but did not accept a ride request, you receive up to $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person, $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 in property damage liability.
  • If the driver had a passenger in the vehicle or was on the way to pick up a passenger, you receive up to $1 million in liability coverage. In cases where a passenger is in the vehicle, you also receive coverage for your vehicle damage.

Can You Sue Uber or Lyft Directly?

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.

Contact an Atlanta Rideshare Attorney For A Free Consultation

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.

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