Mableton Taxi, Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
If you do not own a car in Mableton, Georgia, or if you do own a car and it is temporarily in the shop, you may need a taxi, Uber or Lyft driver to take you where you need to go. However, what do you do when the driver you hire ends up getting in an accident?
You may be wondering whether you even have legal options in a case like this. Can you sue the driver for your injuries? The answer is: you absolutely can, and Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help.
After being in an accident involving a taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride, your first step should be to call the police, if the driver has not already done so. The police will then create a crash report, which is a crucial piece of evidence required when filing your claim.
After that is done, the next thing you need to do is record as much of the accident as possible. Details fade over time, so you need to collect everything from the names of those involved to pictures of the scene. When taking pictures make sure you shoot the scene from all angles. You never know what you might capture in a picture that you can use later.
These kinds of accidents are a little different than standard car accidents because you are not the driver. As such, you should also evaluate the condition of your driver. Does he appear to be under the influence? Were you able to see if he was driving distracted? If you suspect that your driver was not driving safely and was at least partially responsible for the accident, you may have grounds to sue.
Suing Rideshare Companies
Rideshare companies differ from traditional taxi cab companies in that, when it comes to suing a rideshare company, it is nearly impossible to win without the help of a taxi, Uber, and Lyft accident lawyer. This is because the company will typically deny liability and shift the blame to their drivers as “independent users” of their apps.
You are almost guaranteed to lose if you sue one of these companies without an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer’s help. An experienced lawyer knows Uber and Lyft policies inside and out and can predict exactly which provisions the company will rely on to skirt blame. And knowing this is the first step in fighting back.
The upside to an accident involving a taxi, Uber, or Lyft is that you are the passenger, so there is no way the responsible party or parties can try to shift the blame to you. So, as far as you are concerned, liability is off the table.
When it comes to insurance claims, Uber and Lyft drivers are responsible for having their own individual policies, in addition to the policies provided by the company. Lyft’s insurance policies are very clear, and they provide different coverage depending on whether the driver was on a job or between rides at the time of the accident.
Unfortunately, however, the laws governing insurance policies for rideshare programs are still working out the kinks, so to speak. This makes things all the more frustrating if you suffer an injury in an accident with one of these vehicles because there is not yet an established precedent on which the courts can rely. All hope is not lost, though – it just makes things more difficult, especially without a lawyer’s help.
If You Are The Driver
If you are not a passenger in an Uber, Lyft or taxi but are instead driving a car that is hit by one of these drivers, then the rules are similar to those concerning a normal car accident. In the state of Georgia, however, you must be able to prove that the other driver is at least half-responsible for the accident in order to recoup damages.
Injured In An Accident Involving A Taxi, Lyft Or Uber? Call Us!
Chances are good that if you need an Uber, Lyft or taxi to take you where you need to go, then you are already either in a rush or are coping with a stressful situation that involves the loss of your vehicle, temporary or otherwise. Either way, the last thing you need right now is for that “dependable” ride to get into an accident.
At Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we have a great deal of experience with cases involving Uber, Lyft or taxi accidents. We have helped individuals who have both collided with and been passengers in one of these cars.
As a result, we have extensive knowledge of these companies’ policies and the tricks they use to escape liability. Most of all, we have learned that you are almost guaranteed to lose if you try to take on one of these companies alone.
Give us a call at (855) 329-7144, or submit your information using our contact form, and we will contact you to set up your free consultation with no obligation to retain. So, give us a call, and let’s get started!