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Car Wrecks Involving Ridesharing Vehicles

Published in Car Accidents,Personal Injury on June 17, 2019.

Now more than ever, people rely upon ridesharing vehicles and companies, like Uber and Lyft, for transportation – especially in urban areas. However, these vehicles can still be involved in serious motor vehicle collisions. In some instances, the driver of the ridesharing vehicle might be to blame, while at other times, another motor vehicle driver might cause the accident.

If you recently suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision that involved a ridesharing vehicle, you might be able to recover monetary compensation for those injuries. The skilled Georgia car accident lawyers at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law can help you decide on the best legal option for your case. We handle car accident cases in and around Macon, Dublin, and Tifton, Georgia.

What Should I do after being involved in an Accident that Involves a Ridesharing Vehicle?

If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision that involves a ridesharing vehicle, there are certain steps which you must take, including the following:

  1. Seeking medical attention – Just an in any other motor vehicle accident, you should immediately call 9-1-1, which will summon the police and paramedics to the scene of the accident.
  2. Speak with others at the scene – While you are still at the scene of the accident, and assuming you are able, you should obtain driver’s license and insurance information from all other vehicle drivers who were involved, as you might need this information later. You should also speak with anyone who says that he or she witnessed the accident and observed what occurred.
  3. Seek medical treatment – As soon as possible after your accident, and preferably on the same day as the accident, you should seek emergency medical care and treatment. This is true even if you are not experiencing painful symptoms at that point.

Insurance Issues in Ridesharing Accident Cases

In motor vehicle collision cases that involve Uber and Lyft vehicles, these companies will often try and downplay their role in the accident. In some instances, they may claim that their drivers are independent contractors and that they (the ridesharing company) has no legal liability.

Drivers for both Uber and Lyft must maintain their own insurance coverage while they operate their ridesharing vehicles. In some instances, however, the ridesharing company might be directly responsible. Uber, for example, maintains the following types of insurance coverage for individuals injured in an accident:

  1. 50/100/25 policy of contingent coverage – insurance coverage which is provided by Uber for accidents which occur in-between fares, and which are only payable when the driver’s own car insurer does not pay     
  2. $1 million worth of uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits/accident – provided for injured Uber passengers who are involved in a collision which is caused by another motor vehicle driver
  3. $1 million worth of liability coverage/accident – divided into liability for property damage and bodily injuries only

Call a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer about Your Car Accident Today

If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, call the experienced legal team at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law for assistance. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Georgia personal injury attorney, call us today at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online. 

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