Alpharetta Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
HS Law represents injury victims in Alpharetta and the Greater Atlanta area who have been involved in an Uber, Lyft, or other ride share service accident.
Uber and Lyft Passenger Rights
To protect your rights and make an injury claim following an accident while in an Uber or Lyft, you must get to the bottom of what happened. This is one of the many reasons it is very important to hire a lawyer immediately. We will conduct a detailed investigation. First, we will send ‘preservation letters’ in order to preserve evidence. Specifically for Uber or Lyft, we need to find out if the driver was in the scope of his or her job duties as a rideshare driver. This will help determine the coverage that you may get as the passenger. Here are some steps that you should take immediately if you were in a rideshare accident.
- The first step in any vehicle accident is to immediately call the police. They need to make a formal report to record the accident.
- Record the make and model of all of the vehicles involved in the accident, including license plate numbers.
- Get the names of all parties involved in the accident, and phone numbers if possible.
- Take a lot of photos
- Note the condition of your Uber or Lyft driver
Uber and Lyft carry insurance policies with $1 million in liability coverage while a driver has a passenger. This only applies if the driver has his or her app on and you requested the ride through your app. The $1 million in coverage applies if the Uber or Lyft driver causes the crash. If your Uber or Lyft driver did not cause the crash but the driver who caused the crash has no car insurance (or minimal car insurance), Uber or Lyft may nevertheless provide insurance coverage. Hiring an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer is important to make sure that you are getting taken care of through a situation like this. Call HS Law for a free consultation at 404-400-1175.
Uber and Lyft Driver Rights
If you are an Uber or Lyft driver, it is important for you to know your rights. You may still benefit from your company’s insurance.
Your company’s insurance provides coverage to you if another driver is at fault and that driver is uninsured. This coverage is known as ‘uninsured’ or ‘underinsured motorist coverage’. However, it is important to note that you are not automatically qualified.
You will have to prove three criteria:
- First, you must prove the other driver was at fault.
- Second, you must prove that you were in the scope of your employment with Uber or Lyft when you were hurt.
- Lastly, you must prove your damages (property, injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and/or lost wages).
We urge you not to go at this alone and hire an experienced Uber or Lyft lawyer. Give us a call at 404-400-1175 to start your free consultation.
Just like for passengers, Uber and Lyft carry insurance policies with $1 million in liability coverage while a driver has a passenger. This only applies if the driver has his or her app on and a ride was requested and accepted through the app. Your company’s insurance policy for rideshare accidents will not provide emergency roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement, or medical payments coverage.
However, there are private insurance companies that sell supplemental coverage for these items. If you drive for a rideshare company, we strongly encourage you to look into one of these supplemental policies. We urge you not to go at this alone and hire an experienced Uber or Lyft lawyer to help you through the process. Give us a call today to start your free consultation.