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Helping Duluth Residents Pursue and Recover Monetary Compensation for Injuries Sustained in a Ride Sharing Accident
If you or a person you care about sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident that involved a ride sharing vehicle, it is important to know that you have legal options available to you. It is also essential that you have a lawyer representing you who is skilled at settling and litigating motor vehicle accidents that specifically involve ride sharing vehicles. Contact our Duluth Ride Sharing Lawyers for more information.
Ride sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have been giving traditional taxicab companies a run for their money over the past decade. This competition is especially evident in metropolitan areas like downtown Duluth. Residents and tourists alike frequently rely upon these ride sharing vehicles to get to and from their jobs, sporting events, as well as local attractions, such as bars and restaurants. However, the increased number of ride sharing vehicles on Duluth roadways creates an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions that involve these vehicles.
Ride sharing vehicle passengers can suffer injuries in accidents caused by their own drivers. At other times, the ride sharing driver operates the vehicle carefully and safely, but a collision results because some other motor vehicle operator is negligent. Passengers injured in these collisions are innocent victims. They can suffer debilitating injuries and may have to undergo certain medical procedures, treatment, and therapy, all the while incurring significant medical bills and losing time from work in the process.
Motor vehicle collisions that involve ride sharing accidents can be complicated. Most of the complications have to do with insurance coverage—specifically, which insurance coverage is primary. Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft require their drivers to carry their own personal motor vehicle insurance coverage policy.
However, depending upon the company, there are certain times when the corporate insurance policy steps in and provides the necessary coverage for an accident. Another complication with accidents involving ride sharing vehicles is the fact that the drivers are most likely independent contractors, as opposed to employees, of the ride sharing company.
An experienced Duluth ride sharing lawyer at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm will review all of your legal options and help you pursue the strategy that is likely to garner the best possible result in your Duluth ride sharing case. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can assist you with pursuing monetary compensation for the injuries that you suffered in your Duluth ride sharing accident.
Passenger injuries that occur in car accidents involving ride sharing vehicles are much the same as injuries suffered in any other type of motor vehicle collision. The type of injury that an accident victim suffers depends upon a variety of circumstances, including the force of the crash and how the accident victim’s body moved in the ride sharing vehicle as a result of the impact. For example, the accident victim may snap forward and backward in the collision, or from side to side.
Some of the most common injuries suffered by victims of Duluth ride sharing accidents include soft tissue injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain and head injuries. Whenever a ridesharing vehicle passenger suffers one or more of these injuries in a motor vehicle collision, they may file the appropriate claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver (including a driver of the ride sharing vehicle) and, in some cases, the ride sharing company.
Individuals who drive for ride sharing companies are independent contractors, as opposed to employees. These drivers are required to meet certain requirements before entering into an independent contractor relationship. For example, to drive for Uber, a prospective driver must be at least 21 years old at the time, own an Uber-approved motor vehicle, and pass an Uber background check successfully.
Just like any other motor vehicle operator, when the driver of a ride sharing vehicle gets behind the wheel, they are expected to follow all of the highway safety laws for Georgia and must operate their vehicle carefully and safely all the time.
Although Uber drivers have their own motor vehicle policy of insurance, the Uber corporate policy may also come into play in some cases.
Uber uses a single-limit policy of liability insurance of $1 million, which applies to property damage, personal injuries, and deaths that may occur in an accident. In addition, the policy has a limit of $1 million in uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. An uninsured motorist policy of insurance might come into effect, for example, if there was a phantom vehicle involved in the accident.
This Uber corporate insurance policy begins to take effect the moment an Uber driver decides to accept a fair by way of the downloadable Uber app for a smartphone. The coverage then remains in effect until the Uber rider reaches its final destination and exits the ride sharing vehicle.
The Uber corporate insurance policy also takes effect in between the time that an Uber driver decides to accept a fare and the time that the driver picks up the Uber passenger. For example, if the driver logs into Uber’s system, is available and prepared to accept a ride, but has not yet picked up a fare, the Uber corporate insurance policy of 50/100/25 applies. This policy provides insurance coverage of $50,000 per injured person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
The experienced Duluth Uber accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can help you determine which insurance policy takes precedence in your accident case and can help you make a monetary claim for damages.
Like Uber drivers, Lyft drivers are independent contractors and must satisfy specific requirements before working for Lyft. Specifically, they must have their own motor vehicle policy of insurance in effect when they drive for Lyft. They also have a duty to operate their Lyft-approved vehicle safely while they are on the road. If they operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner or disregard the Georgia rules of the road, they can bear liability for their negligence.
In some Lyft accident cases, the driver’s personal policy of automobile insurance coverage serves as the primary coverage. Therefore, when the Lyft app on the driver’s phone is off, the Lyft corporate insurance policy coverage does not come into play. If an accident occurs during this period of time, the Lyft driver’s own personal policy of insurance will provide the necessary coverage.
In accident cases when the driver has turned on the Lyft app for their cell phone and the driver is waiting for someone to make a ride request, the Lyft corporate policy provides third-party liability insurance. The limits of coverage available under the Lyft policy at this point are 50/100/25. In other words, Lyft’s liability policy is $50,000 per individual, $100,000 per occurrence, and $25,000 of property damage per occurrence.
If the driver has turned on their Lyft app and is either in the middle of a ride or picking up a passenger, the Lyft corporate coverage is $1,000,000 (third-party liability) contingent, comprehensive, and collision coverage that extends up to the maximum value of the Lyft vehicle (with a $2,500 deductible), along with uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage usually comes into play when the driver of the at-fault vehicle is completely uninsured, or when that driver flees the accident scene, such as in a phantom vehicle accident case.
Underinsured motorist insurance coverage is available when the at-fault motor vehicle operator does not have sufficient insurance coverage in place to satisfy the accident victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. In those instances, the uninsured and underinsured motorist carrier steps in to supply the necessary coverage.
If you were in a motor vehicle collision that involved a Lyft vehicle, the experienced Duluth ride sharing accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm could help you determine which of these policies came into play, based upon the circumstances of your case. We can then make an insurance claim on your behalf against one or more of the applicable insurance policies.
In some motor vehicle accident cases that involve a ride sharing vehicle, the operator of the ride sharing vehicle is operating their vehicle in a perfectly safe and careful manner under the circumstances. However, the driver of another motor vehicle may not be driving so carefully and cause their vehicle to collide with the ride sharing vehicle in which you are a passenger.
Perhaps the at-fault driver was not paying attention to the road and or distracted in some other way. Alternatively, the at-fault driver may have violated some traffic law on the books or may have been drinking and driving. In any case, as the injured accident victim, you may bring a legal claim or file a lawsuit against the driver who was at fault for your accident.
The experienced Duluth ride sharing accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can help you bring your claim or lawsuit against all of the potentially responsible individuals or entities.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident that involved a ride sharing vehicle, it is essential to file your lawsuit against the at-fault person or entity promptly. In almost all cases, the court must receive the submitted lawsuit within two years of the accident date, under Georgia’s statute of limitations applicable to Duluth ride sharing cases. If you file your lawsuit too late, the court will dismiss the case, and you will not be eligible to file a claim for monetary compensation and damages for the injuries that you suffered.
By retaining an experienced Duluth ridesharing lawyer at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm to represent you throughout the legal process, you can rest assured that we will file your suit promptly and name in the suit all parties who are potentially responsible for the accident. Our legal team can then continue negotiating a favorable settlement with the insurance company on your behalf.
Ride sharing accidents, just like other motor vehicle accidents, can lead to injuries that may leave you out of work and in a doctor’s office for weeks, months, or years. If you can prove the liability aspect of your accident case (or if liability is conceded by another party), you may pursue damages for your injuries. To recover compensation, the ride sharing accident must be a cause of your injuries and damages.
Potential damages you could recover in Duluth ride sharing accident cases include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Inability to use a body part
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Loss of family or spousal support
- Wrongful death
Speak to a Duluth Ride Sharing Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
The skilled Duluth personal injury lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm will help you pursue the economic recovery you need to recover from injuries you suffered in your ride sharing accident. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Duluth ride sharing attorney, please call us at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online.
Brauns Law, P.C.
3175 Satellite Boulevard, Bldg 600
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (404) 205-8614
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