Riverdale Uber/Taxi Accident Lawyer
Taxi and rideshare services are popular means of transportation, but what happens when you are in an accident as a passenger or as the driver of another vehicle? In some ways, you would proceed as in any other car crash, but these types of accidents may pose different and trickier legal questions. Riverdale Uber/taxi accident lawyers can help you sort through the legal issues and obtain your rightful recovery. Call today to schedule a consultation.
Similarities with Other Car Accidents
Victims involved in ridesharing accidents should treat the situation like any other car accident case. For example, parties should seek medical care, notify insurance companies, gather and preserve evidence, and consider obtaining legal assistance.
Individuals who suffer injuries should obtain timely treatment to address their injuries and prevent worsening of any conditions and to prevent insurance companies and other defendants from arguing that something other than the accident caused the harm claimed.
By law, individuals injured in a car accident, whether involving a rideshare or not, may recover economic and non-economic damages. In limited instances where intentional or malicious behavior takes place, a court may award punitive damages to punish the party. Examples of this type of behavior may include driving intoxicated or knowingly driving a rideshare vehicle with mechanical problems.
Assigning Fault in a Rideshare Case
In almost all cases, Uber, Lyft, or taxi passengers play no part in causing accidents and will be entitled to full compensation for their injuries. However, obtaining compensation may be trickier than in other motor vehicle crashes.
In typical car accident cases, the responsible parties pay for the harm experienced. Uber or taxi accidents often involve the parent company of the driver, who may shoulder responsibility for compensating victims as well. State law does not require taxi companies and drivers to carry insurance above of the minimums imposed on all drivers. However, the state does impose such demands on rideshare companies.
Georgia mandates that either the company, the individual driver, or both purchase insurance policies with specific coverages. While available to accept passengers:
- $100,000 for bodily injury
- $100,000 for wrongful death (max. $50,000 per person)
- $50,000 for property damage
While transporting and completing transactions with passengers:
- $1 million for bodily injury, death, and property loss
- $1 million for uninsured and underinsured motorists
These requirements can lead to disputes regarding whose coverage applies to the accident. The rideshare company may attempt to argue that as independent contractors, and not employees, the company is not responsible for the driver’s negligent or reckless behavior. Lawyers in the local area who regularly negotiate or litigate taxi and rideshare cases help victims prepare effective responses to these arguments.
Collect the Right Amount of Compensation
After suffering injuries in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. The involvement of a rideshare service or taxi can significantly complicate your case, making the receipt of a fair settlement or judgment elusive. Contact one of our Riverdale Uber-taxi accident lawyers to improve your chances of a good outcome.