Uber & Lyft Vehicle Accidents

If you have needed a taxi anytime in the past few years, chances are that you have used or heard of the companies Lyft and Uber. These are relatively new types of companies that offer an alternative to a traditional taxi service by hiring everyday drivers, using their personal vehicles, to perform a form of peer-to-peer driving service. While this can be a great opportunity for many people, it can also lead to a rise in accident rates for inexperienced and veteran drivers alike. As these companies continue to grow in popularity it is important to be prepared in the event that an accident occurs.

Liability in an Uber or Lyft Accident

Assigning liability and claiming monetary compensation in accidents involving companies such as Uber or Lyft can be surprisingly complex. These business models are so new that in-depth regulations do not always exist for the specifics of accidents. In fact, Lyft and Uber have recently been scrutinized for their policy towards driver insurance. While these companies do provide insurance coverage, it can be selective and frustratingly situational. In past cases, both companies have not been shy about distancing themselves from accident liability.

In many cases, drivers are left to rely on their own personal insurance, however, here too there can be the potential for conflict. Depending on the terms of a driver’s personal insurance policy, accidents which occur when a vehicle is being used for a professional service are not always covered. For these reasons, it is important to treat these accidents as seriously, if not more so, than any other collision. Do not assume that a driver will be more responsible or have better insurance coverage because they were operating for a professional service.

Steps to take after an accident:

  • Check all involved parties for injuries and call for medical services if needed
  • Call the police and file and accident report
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver
  • Take down witness testimony and collect evidence from the accident scene
  • Inform your insurance company

Injured in a Car Accident? Call (678) 974-0432

Car accidents involving a professional driving service such as Lyft and Uber will have unique circumstances and you need an attorney who understands how to maximize your compensation. Our lead Atlanta car accident attorney possesses more than 20 years of legal experience and has an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations specific to car accidents. For example, while only some drivers use GPS, each ride from Lyft and Uber drivers rely on GPS directions, increasing the risk of driver distraction. If you have been involved in an accident through no fault of your own, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of K. Douglas Cook.

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