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Our Norcross car accident attorneys at Dermer Appel Ruder know that getting into a crash with a negligent Uber or Lyft driver is as likely as any other crash in Georgia. Unfortunately, being a rideshare driver does not make them immune to reckless driving tactics. In fact, it probably makes them more prone to car wrecks. For example, because their livelihood depends on a mobile app, they are more likely to be distracted than most drivers — accepting rides, answering direct messages, enlarging maps, or looking for riders at their pick-up destinations.
If you have been involved in a car wreck in Georgia with an Uber or Lyft driver who was at fault, you may have the right to pursue a legal compensation claim, and our Gwinnett County personal injury attorneys can help.
Steps to Take If You Are Involved in a Car Crash Caused by an Uber Driver in Georgia
Your safety is the top priority. Call 911 and ensure that an motor vehicle accident report is created. This is especially true if you or anyone else is injured.
- Begin documenting the scene if your injuries allow. Take pictures or videos and include images of the vehicles involved, road conditions, and any relevant road signs or traffic signals.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the Uber or Lyft driver. Ensure you get their full name, driver’s license number, insurance details, and the vehicle’s license plate number.
- If there were witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information. Eyewitnesses can be valuable in corroborating your account of the events.
- Seek medical attention promptly, even if you do not believe your injuries are severe. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but can worsen over time.
Navigating a personal injury claim involving a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft can be complex due to the involvement of multiple insurance policies and parties. Partnering with our experienced rideshare accident attorneys in Georgia can ensure your rights are protected, help you understand the specific details of your case, and guide you through the legal process to receive the compensation you deserve.
Will Lyft or Uber’s Insurance Cover My Damages?
Before determining whose insurance coverage will pay for the crash, we must confirm the ridesharedriver’s liability. Once established, we will review the driver’s status during the collision and notify the appropriate insurance carriers.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has outlined when a rideshare driver’s personal insurance coverage or the company’s commercial policy is liable for an accident’s damages.
- When an accident occurs when the driver is using their personal vehicle and the rideshare app is not turned on or enabled, the driver’s personal insurance policy applies to all damages.
- When the driver has enabled the app but has not yet accepted a ride request, it leaves the rideshare company with limited liability.
- When the driver has accepted a ride request but has yet to pick up the passenger(s) or after the driver has picked up the passenger(s), the rideshare company’s insurance coverage will apply up to the $1 million coverage limit, as the company currently employs them.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a negligent Uber or Lyft driver in Georgia, contact our Norcross personal injury attorneys at Dermer Appel Ruder today by calling (404)-892-8884 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue a successful claim.