The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reports that Gwinnett County had more than 41,500 reported traffic accidents in one year, resulting in 9,436 injuries and 61 fatalities. While many people drive themselves around the county, other drivers are transporting passengers they’ve never even met. Getting into a stranger’s personal vehicle for a ride once seemed unimaginable to many people, but it is now commonplace and completely acceptable across the United States due to ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft.
Uber and Lyft can be extremely convenient, providing much-needed rides for people who are getting car repairs, who are choosing to not drink and drive, who are visiting other cities and don’t want to rent a car, and many more. By simply opening your phone, you can have a driver there to transport you for (usually) affordable fares in a matter of minutes. With all this convenience, however, also comes risks.
Accidents involving rideshare vehicles happen all the time. While some crashes are widely publicized, you may not hear about hundreds more. You might not even think about the possibility of a rideshare accident until one happens to you. If you suffered injuries in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you should discuss your legal options with Brauns Law as soon as possible. We know how to handle complex car accident cases, and we can protect your rights.
Types of Rideshare Accidents
There are many ways that rideshare drivers can get in accidents. In some cases, the Uber or Lyft driver may be at fault, but a crash may also be the fault of a third party. The following are some ways people suffer injuries involving rideshare vehicles and drivers:
- A rideshare driver crashes into another car while you are a rideshare passenger
- Another car crashes into a rideshare vehicle while you are a rideshare passenger
- A rideshare driver crashes into the vehicle in which you are riding or driving
- A rideshare driver hits you while you are walking or riding a bicycle
Often, either the rideshare driver or another driver will be at fault for a crash and liable for your injuries and losses. You must determine the exact cause of the accident to know what type of insurance claim to file.
Negligence of Uber or Lyft Drivers
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft require drivers to have a valid driver’s license, minimum liability insurance, and proper vehicle registration. Other than that, these drivers need no special training or testing before they can drive people around for a living. Rideshare drivers can make mistakes like anyone else on the road, and these mistakes often lead to serious accidents. There are also additional risks that are particular to rideshare drivers, including:
- Uber and Lyft drivers can work for long hours, and many drivers use Uber or Lyft as a second job. If they come home from work and then drive for eight more hours, they can easily become dangerously fatigued.
- Drivers need to keep a close eye on the map in the Uber or Lyft app, and this can lead to dangerous distracted driving.
- Drivers might be driving through areas that they do not know very well, which can be confusing and can lead to wrong turns, speeding, missing stop signs, and other errors.
When a rideshare driver is at fault for an accident and you were a passenger, you can file an insurance claim with Uber or Lyft. These companies have $1 million policies to cover their drivers when they are actively transporting a passenger. When you were in a different vehicle or were a pedestrian, and the rideshare driver did not have a passenger, the insurance situation can get more complicated. You may still be able to file a claim with the company, or you may have to file a claim with the driver’s personal insurance policy. Our law firm examines each case carefully to ensure we file claims with the right insurance companies.
Negligence of Other Parties
Rideshare drivers can be the victims of negligence like anyone else. When another party caused the accident, you will not be dealing with Uber or Lyft insurance at all. Instead, you may have to file a claim with the policy for one or more of the following:
- Another driver who acted negligently on the road and caused the crash
- The vehicle manufacturer if the rideshare vehicle malfunctioned due to a defective part, causing the driver to lose control
- A government agency if the rideshare driver crashed due to a dangerous road hazard
No matter who was at fault, Brauns Law knows how to pursue an effective claim. Cases may get more complex if they are against a corporation or government agency, but we have the skill and experience to assist you.
Our firm handles cases involving many types of injuries and losses, including concussions, broken bones, sprains and strains, or catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether you took a trip to the emergency room and missed a few days of work, or you suffered a life-altering injury that caused disabilities that prevent you from ever working again, Brauns Law can protect your rights. Rideshare accident victims deserve full compensation for their losses, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Costs of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost earnings if you cannot return to work in the future
- Pain and suffering
Insurance companies often try to reduce payments to accident victims in many ways, so you always want the right attorney on your side to ensure you receive the full value of your claim.
Contact a Knowledgeable Gwinnett County Rideshare Accident Lawyer Today
At Brauns Law, we help clients involved in a wide range of accidents, including rideshare crashes, throughout Gwinnett County and in the Atlanta area. We can evaluate what happened in your accident and advise you of the best way to proceed. If you suffered injuries, please don’t wait to call us at (404) 975-2576 or send us an email through our online contact form to set up your free consultation.