Driving services are increasing in popularity, with companies like Uber and Lyft offering a convenient and affordable way for people to get from one destination to the next. With a simple cell phone application, riders can book rides with area drivers.
Although drivers are carefully screened before being hired by these driving services, accidents can happen. Taking an Uber or Lyft ride or using a rideshare vehicle could lead to injuries.
It is often confusing for accident victims to know how to pursue compensation in a rideshare accident. Knowing your rights as an injured victim is essential.
Injured victims should consider seeking strong legal representation to protect their rights and best interests. We will help you determine who is liable for your accident. Our team of vigilant car accident attorneys will fight for your fair compensation.
Metro Atlanta Law Group offers free case assessment appointments. We also provide contingent attorney services. Contingency means you do not pay attorney’s fees unless we win your case.
Car accidents are not the only risk with Uber or Lyft rides. If you have suffered assault from a rideshare driver or passenger, contact us immediately. You do not have to fight alone!
How Do Rideshare Services Work?
Ridesharing companies employ individuals to offer their vehicles and transport paid riders to their preferred destinations. Riders book their rides through a smartphone app.
Over the years, several rideshare companies have emerged, but at this time, the most popular are Uber and Lyft. You should carefully research these companies before booking a ride.
All About Uber
Uber is the most popular rideshare service in the world and is available in over 60 countries. This service was founded in 2009 under the name Uber Cab.
Since Uber first opened, they have added many services. The most popular of these is UberX which provides private rides for one to four passengers. Other Uber services include the following.
All About Lyft
Slightly less popular, Lyft became a direct competitor to Uber in 2012. Lyft operates in 600 cities across the US and can be found in some parts of Canada and Puerto Rico.
Lyft’s business model is much the same as Uber’s. This rideshare company offers the following services.
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What Is the Difference Between Ridesharing & Taxi Services?
While taxi services were once the main form of transportation outside of buses and subways, rideshare services came about to make getting a ride more affordable for everyone.
Rideshare services collect customer payments through an app while taxis have a payment system installed in the vehicle. Many people have found Uber and Lyft to be more affordable than taxi services.
Another significant difference between the two is Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors. This means they are not directly employed by these rideshare services.
Rideshare drivers use their personal vehicles to perform services, so these vehicles are not considered commercial.
This distinction can bring on legal concerns in the case of car accidents, assault, and injuries. If you have been injured by a rideshare driver, call our expert attorneys right away.
Do Rideshare Drivers Receive Training?
Regrettably, rideshare drivers are not put through extensive training. They may only view a short video on company regulations or may have a mentor help them learn the ropes. Many former contractors have expressed concern over the lack of training.
Over the last few years, multiple lawsuits have been filed against these companies. In reaction to these lawsuits, rideshare companies are now offering more training for their contractors that focuses on identifying human trafficking victims and the prevention of sexual assault. Are these transportation services safe?
What Should You Do If You Are in a Rideshare Accident?
Getting involved in a serious accident as a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle can be highly stressful. You may be confused and concerned over the steps you should take.
Seek immediate medical attention for all passengers, no matter the perceived severity of the injuries.
Call the police to the scene of the accident so a police report can be filed.
Obtain the contact information of both drivers and any eyewitnesses.
Take photos and videos at the scene. Document all injuries and damages.
Schedule a free consultation with a rideshare accident attorney.
File a rideshare injury claim.
We Are the Expert Attorneys Injured Victims Rely On
Metro Atlanta Law Group is committed to helping rideshare accident victims protect their rights and best interests. If you have become injured in a rideshare accident it is your right to receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
We will help you understand Georgia’s car accident laws and ensure you know your rights. The most important thing to remember is Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations in place. This means your lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident.
Do not wait too long to file a claim. Do not allow the at-fault driver, the rideshare company, or the insurance company give you the runaround. We will become your legal advocate and fight for you every step of the way.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Appointment
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured through the negligence of a rideshare driver? If so, we urge you to seek legal counsel right away. The clock is ticking on how long you have to file a lawsuit.
You do not have to fight your claim alone. Call us now for a free accident case assessment. We will listen to you and offer sound legal advice that will put you on the right path towards receiving compensation.
Our rideshare accident legal team is standing by to take your call right now. Allow Metro Atlanta Law Group to help you get justice and the fair outcome you deserve.