Ridesharing companies make it easier than ever to get from one destination to another. Fewer people are relying on taxis, and more are using these new services to get to where they need to go. However, ridesharing drivers are human and therefore are susceptible to the same negligent behaviors as other drivers.
If you are hurt because of an accident involving a ridesharing driver—whether you were a passenger in the car or another driver—you have the right to hold the Lyft driver responsible for your damages. A Norcross Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can investigate your accident and help you build a strong case to pursue compensation from either the driver or from Lyft.
Our team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is familiar with how the ridesharing app works and when the Lyft insurance policy kicks in. We are not afraid to go head-to-head with big companies like Lyft in order to fight for our clients. For a free review of your case, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888.
What You Need to Know About the Lyft Insurance Policies
The insurance that will apply in an accident with a Lyft driver depends on if the app is on or if the driver is on the way to pick up passengers. If the Lyft driver has the app turned off, then their personal insurance policy applies.
Waiting for Passengers
If the driver’s app is on and they are waiting for a customer to request a ride, then Lyft’s insurance coverage applies. They provide third-party liability insurance with:
- $50,000 per person for bodily injury.
- $100,000 per accident for bodily injury.
- $25,000 per accident for property damage.
Picking Up Passengers and During Rides
If the driver has accepted a ride on the app and is on the way to pick up passengers or has picked them up already at the time of the accident, Lyft provides the following coverage:
- $1,000,000 for third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily coverage
- Contingent comprehensive and collision cover up to the cash value of the vehicle
A Norcross Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can evaluate your case and explain which insurance will apply. They can also investigate your accident and build a strong case, pursuing compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries. For a free, no-risk review of your case, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888.
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How the Statute of Limitations Could Impact Your Case
You do not have an unlimited amount of time to pursue damages after a personal injury accident, including a ridesharing accident. Each state, however, sets its own limits for the amount of time that victims have to pursue compensation for their losses.
According to Georgia statute O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, you have two years to pursue damages after an accident. If you fail to do so within two years, you are typically barred from any amount of recovery.
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How Georgia’s Negligence Laws Could Impact Your Claim
Just like every state has its own statute of limitations, each state also has a set of rules that explain how to handle cases when more than one person is responsible for causing an accident. For example, while one party may be primarily responsible, the court may decide that the plaintiff could have mitigated losses if they reacted more quickly, had they not been distracted at the time of the collision.
Georgia is a modified comparative fault state. That means that victims can still recover damages, as long as their degree of responsibility stays below the fault threshold. In the State of Georgia, this threshold is 50 percent. That means that you can technically recover damages if you are 49 percent responsible, but you are barred from recovery if you are 50 percent responsible. This will reduce any compensation you receive for your case by the degree to which you were responsible.
While you may find it reassuring to know that you can still recover compensation for your injuries when you are somewhat liable, it is important to keep in mind that insurance companies would rather pay out as little as possible after an accident.
Their lawyers may try to claim that you are more responsible for an accident than you really are to reduce or eliminate their liability for your injuries. A lawyer can help defend you against these tactics.
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Types of Recoverable Damages
The damages that you might be able to recover after an accident with a ridesharing driver will ultimately depend on the injuries you suffered, the permanency of those injuries, and the extent of financial losses you experienced. Some common types of damages that are recoverable in cases like yours include:
- Ambulance rides.
- Surgical procedures.
- Hospital stays.
- Consultations with specialists.
- Lost wages.
- Future wages.
- Pain and suffering.
- Property damage.
- Out-of-pocket expenses.
If you lost someone you love in a rideshare accident, you have the right to hold the Lyft driver—and possibly the company—responsible for your loss. Some types of recoverable damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can include:
- Pain and suffering of the victim prior to death.
- Benefits and wages previously provided by the victim.
- Loss of support and protection.
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Medical expenses left to the family to cover.
- Loss of consortium.
- Pain and suffering of the family.
A Norcross Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer Is Here for You
The Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team can help by investigating your accident and gathering evidence, communicating with all parties on your behalf, calculating the value of your case, and negotiating for a fair settlement to help you recover damages.
To get started now and schedule a free review of your Lyft accident case, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888.