These days, if you need a taxi, you call a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft. Rideshare services are convenient. However, rideshare companies don’t train their drivers. Their drivers are just ordinary folks trying to make some extra income. If you were injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare accident, you should contact an Uber accident lawyer as soon as possible.
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers our Atlanta car accident lawyers will help you win justice. First, we’ll investigate how the crash occurred. Then, we’ll calculate how much compensation you can recover. Finally, we’ll help you recover that compensation.
Common Rideshare Accident Causes
Careless rideshare drivers often cause accidents. Some rideshare accidents are even fatal. For instance, in 2017-2018 there were 107 Uber accident fatalties.
Here are some common rideshare driver behaviors that cause accidents:
- Driver distraction
Lyft and Uber drivers accept ride requests through a mobile device app. That app pings them while they drive. When a rideshare driver hears the ping, they take their eyes off of the road and check their mobile device. Even a momentary side glance can cause an accident.
- Driver fatigue
Uber and Lyft drivers are often sleep deprived. When they drive exhausted, they risk their passenger’s safety.
Rideshare drivers are compensated based on the number of fares they complete each night. Many of them drive quickly so that they can complete the fare and receive their next opportunity. Unfortunately, that behavior causes many car accidents.
- Reckless driving
Some Uber and Lyft drivers speed, tailgate, improperly change lanes, and make unsafe maneuvers. If you were injured by a reckless rideshare driver, you should call an Uber accident lawyer.
- Impaired driving
Uber and Lyft drivers cannot drive intoxicated. However, some of them consume alcohol and drugs in between rides. If you were injured in rideshare accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you should contact an drunk driving accident lawyer.
- Speeding or improper lane changes in work zones
Rideshare drivers that hurry through construction zones are much likelier to cause crashes.
- Improperly maintained vehicles
Uber and Lyft drivers must safely maintain their vehicles. However, rideshare companies rarely check that the vehicles are safe. That causes many preventible accidents.
I Was Injured In An Uber Accident
If you were injured as an Uber passenger, call an Uber accident lawyer right away. Your lawyer will determine how the accident occurred. If the rideshare driver caused the collision, your lawyer will file an insurance claim with their insurer. If another driver caused the collision, your lawyer will file a claim with that driver’s liability insurer. You might also be able to file an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim with Uber or Lyft if the other driver didn’t have sufficient insurance coverage.
Compensation After an Uber Accident
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, we can help. Our team will thoroughly review your circumstances, document your injuries, and discuss the potential value of your claim.
You may be able to seek compensation for:
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
Can I Sue An Uber Or Lyft Driver If I Wasn’t A Passenger?
Yes. If a careless Uber or Lyft driver injured you, you can sue them, as well as Uber or Lyft if:
- they’re carrying a customer.
- on their way to pick-up a customer.
- or, waiting to accept a new customer.
The amount of available insurance coverage depends upon whether the rideshare driver was carrying a customer, or “on the clock,” but not carrying a customer. Uber and Lyft provide $1 million of liability insurance coverage if their driver injured you while the driver transported a customer.
If the Uber or Lyft driver injured you while they were “on the clock,” but not carrying a customer, Uber and Lyft only provide $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per injured victim with a total of $100,000 bodily injury coverage per accident no matter how many victims are injured.
The Uber or Lyft driver isn’t “on the clock” simply because they have a rideshare sign on their vehicle. Moreover, if it turns out that the driver wasn’t “on the clock,” Uber and Lyft won’t provide any coverage for your injuries. Your only option is to sue the at fault driver. Also, you can file a claim with your own insurer.
What If I’m Injured In a Taxi Cab?
Most taxi services only provide $25,000 bodily injury insurance coverage per car accident. Those taxi services think that they don’t have to play by the rules because they’re smaller operations than Uber and Lyft.
Indeed, for decades, taxi companies refused to cover any car accident injuries. They contend that their drivers are “independent contractors.” When Uber and Lyft launched, they thought they could just follow the taxi companies’ model. But, they soon learned that they couldn’t escape responsibility for harming the public.
Contact an Uber Accident Lawyer for Help
If you were involved in a rideshare accident, you should call an Uber accident lawyer. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, we’ve successfully represented many rideshare accident victims.