Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have allowed Georgians more flexibility and convenience in the way they travel. However, an accident involving a ridesharing driver can present unique problems that lead to financial burdens for those involved. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm in an accident with a rideshare, you need the experience of a Savannah car accident attorney. Contact the Savannah firm of Butler Prather LLP to schedule a free case evaluation.
Our Georgia car accident attorneys can handle the complexities of your case for a few reasons.
Uber and Lyft operate in 83 countries and offer services to over 40 million riders a month. Currently, Uber represents a larger part of the market share in the United States, with 160,000 active drivers providing service. With so many drivers on the road, the possibility of being in an accident involving a rideshare is extremely high.
Ridesharing accidents fall into one of several types and a victim’s form of legal recourse will depend on the circumstances. For example, a pedestrian struck by an Uber or Lyft driver will follow a slightly different procedure than a driver who gets in an accident with a rideshare. However, both follow the basics of Georgia insurance law, which follows a tort system. When a ridesharing driver’s negligence leads to injury, then he or she will likely be financially responsible for any damages that result.
One unique aspect of ridesharing accidents is that drivers are not “on the clock” at all times. As such, the claims process will depend on whether an Uber or Lyft driver was on duty at the time an accident occurred. Georgia state law requires all Uber drivers carry insurance policies that meet or exceed state minimums, regardless of whether they are on duty. On the other hand, most insurers will not cover people in accidents when they operate a motor vehicle for hire. To address this issue, Uber and Lyft offer their own coverage when a driver logs into an app or actively transports a passenger. Here is how the process works:
Because of the complexities of liability involved, victims of Uber and Lyft accidents often benefit from an attorney to help them with their claims. Determining the nature of the driver’s duty status requires an investigation and possibly even a subpoena of their app activity. The Savannah ride sharing accident attorneys at Butler Prather LLP provides valuable assistance in determining fault in a ridesharing crash and holding the responsible parties accountable. Contact us to schedule a free review of your legal options.
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