Need an Injury Lawyer in Georgia for a Uber/Ridesharing Accident?
Every year, thousands upon thousands of people are injured or lose their lives in horrific, life-changing accidents on our roadways. We are known for having many road fatalities for a variety of reasons, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and so much more. In America, we use many different services to get from point A to point B, like buses, trains, planes and more. Many people over the past few years have been using a popular service that has been gaining popularity – rideshare services.
You may have heard about popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, which have gained popularity when it comes to driving passengers home from a night out with friends, to visit family, and to get home after a car has broken down alongside the roadway. These services have been extremely beneficial to many people for a variety of reasons. With any new type of service available on our roadways, there is an increased chance of accidents as they iron out the flaws of their system and create a safer road in Georgia.
Have you been injured in a Georgia ridesharing accident and now you wonder how you can get the compensation you deserve? Ridesharing accidents can be complex and confusing, which is why you should never handle your case without an attorney on your side. We are waiting to hear from you.
First Things First: Personal Injury Protection
For those involved in any type of vehicle accident, you may have certain rights under something known as ‘personal injury protection.’ These are protections available to you across many states, which allow you to gain recovery for things like medical bills, lost income, emotional suffering, and more. However, many people who utilize these services from day to day might not have vehicles or might not have invested in a personal protection plan, which means that you will be on your own when it comes to recovery and will be hopeful of the fact that the driver or employer involved in the accident will help you with the compensation you deserve.
Are They A Contractor or an Employee?
The next thing that you must be able to determine is whether or not the driver involved in your accident is an actual employee or an independent contractor. This is a very important distinction to make because it means a lot in terms of gaining compensation you deserve and being able to move forward when claiming liability. If you can show that a driver is actually an employee, the company under something known as ‘vicarious liability’ could cover you. Under this doctrine, a company could owe you compensation if their employee caused you injuries in the scope of employment. For example, the company could be liable if they told the driver to run an errand and you were involved in an accident at that time. However, they would not be liable if the employee was considered “off the clock” or if they are an independent contractor.
Uber, like many other companies, is known for carrying a $1 million insurance policy that covers you when you have sustained serious damages. This means that you could technically be covered, but what if your injuries are extremely extensive and go well beyond that amount? Then it might be time to make a claim against a ridesharing company. For this, you will need an experienced attorney on your side every step of the way. We will help you in your time of need. Call us today so we can help you when you need it the most in Georgia. We are waiting to hear from you.