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Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular ways to get around Atlanta—get picked up and dropped off exactly where you want without the hassle of driving or parking. Residents and visitors turn to their rideshare app not just for a night out, but also for daily errands and to get to work. Unfortunately, with the increase in rideshare drivers there has also been an increase in serious and deadly Uber and Lyft car accidents throughout Georgia. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, do not hesitate to call Evans Injury Attorneys to learn more about your legal options. We are ready when you are.

What You Need to Know About Atlanta Rideshare Accidents

The causes of rideshare accidents are pretty much the same as any other car accident: distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield, poor road conditions, etc. But the way these types of personal injury lawsuits work is different and more complicated because there are multiple parties involved. As Atlanta rideshare lawyers, who we file the lawsuit against depends on what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. Here are the three potential rideshare accident scenarios:

  • Off-duty rideshare accident: If you got hit by a rideshare driver that was not driving a passenger or going to pick up a passenger, then they are considered an off-duty driver and these lawsuits will just be against the driver and their own insurance. Put differently, rideshare companies do not have any responsibility in those accidents where an off-duty driver hit someone. Don’t worry, we can help you with this type of car accident too.
  • Passengers rideshare accident: As a paying customer to Uber or Lyft, your expectation is to get where you are going safely, not get injured in a car accident. When this is you rideshare accident scenario, the rideshare company will be at least partially responsible for making sure you are appropriately compensated for your injuries after exhausting the drivers’ own auto insurance coverage. The rideshare driver is required to carry their own insurance, but the policy limit might be much lower than the needs of your accident which is when we then can file a suit against the rideshare company he or she was driving for.
  • Drivers rideshare accident: The third scenario is when you are driving and get into an accident with a rideshare driver that is either en-route to pick up a passenger or has passengers in their car at the time of the accident. In this scenario, the driver and the rideshare company can be held financially responsible for their role in the car accident with the same requirement that the insurance of the responsible driver be exhausted before tapping into the funds available via rideshare insurance.

The good news is this: when you are filing a lawsuit against the rideshare company because of an accident with an on-duty driver or as a passenger, there is more money available to you than when the lawsuit is just against the individual driver. Put differently, if warranted you can exhaust two policy limits including the $1 Million rideshare companies has in place for their on-duty drivers that get into accidents. But that does NOT mean that these rideshare companies will just hand the money over to you. Insurance companies are in the business of saving money, not giving it away and when it comes to rideshare accidents, we are now dealing with two insurance companies that will fight to pay you as little as possible. This is one of the many reasons you need to get in touch with an experienced Atlanta rideshare lawyer as soon as possible.

How Much is my Rideshare Accident Worth?

The more injuries and impact on your life the accident has had, the more it is going to be worth and as your lawyer we always work tirelessly to get you the most money possible. Here are some things that you can get compensated for in a winning rideshare accident lawsuit:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Missed work
  • Inability to work
  • Disability needs
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more money specific to your accident

One of the best things you can do to increase the value of your rideshare case is to make sure you are seeing the necessary doctors and tending to your physical and emotional recovery. The documentation and bills that come from this helps to show just how badly you were hurt in the accident. The next best thing you can do is give Evans Injury Attorneys a call to get started building your strongest case possible.

Atlanta Rideshare Accident Law Firm

Don’t think you can afford a lawyer following your rideshare accident? You can always afford Evans Injury Attorneys! We take all our cases on a contingency fee basis so you pay us absolutely nothing unless we get you paid. And hiring us is easy—it only takes one call. While the time following a rideshare accident can be filled with stress and uncertainty, give yourself the peace of mind that your legal representation is taking care of the legal and financial aspect and hire us today. We look forward to helping you.

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