Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft can be found all over Georgia. Every day, people use rideshare services to get to destinations safely. Unfortunately, not every trip ends the way it’s supposed to. In the event you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, the Georgia rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group are here for you.
The attorneys at our law firm are well-versed in rideshare law and are here to ensure you are given the best chance at recovery and that the negligent party or entity that caused your losses is held accountable. If you’ve been involved in an accident in Georgia, you’ll want to understand what’s required of drivers, your rights as a passenger, and what legal actions are available to you.
Rideshare Driver Requirements in Georgia
To drive for Uber or Lyft in Georgia, specific requirements are supposed to be met. In the event your lawyer discovers your driver did not meet the minimum requirements when you were involved in your accident, the applicable rideshare company could be held accountable for its negligence.
Driver requirements vary by state. In Georgia, the following is required:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have at least one year of driving experience in the United States
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Drive an eligible 4-door vehicle
- Have access to in-state car insurance, in-state car registration, and a social security number for a background check
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be at least 25 years old
- Pass a driver screening—includes driving history and criminal background check
- Have a smartphone that can use the Lyft app
- Have proof of profile picture, vehicle registration, personal vehicle insurance, and airport placard
Your Rights as an Uber or Lyft Passenger
As a rideshare passenger, there are certain rights you are entitled to. When those rights are breached and you’re injured, you can take legal action. Our rideshare lawyers are here to explain those rights and help you understand what they encompass.
You have the right to a safe ride and a safe driver. Uber and Lyft drivers are supposed to abide by the rules of the road, be aware of their surroundings, and get you to your destination safely. If they fail to do that, they can be held accountable.
You also have the right to report an unsafe driver. Both rideshare apps give passengers the option to report rides and drivers that made them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. The rideshare companies are responsible for looking into those reports and following up appropriately.
How to File a Lawsuit Against a Rideshare Company or Driver
When an Uber or Lyft accident happens, it’s important to get down to the bottom of what exactly happened and why. If you suspect negligence played a role in your experience and injuries, you may have grounds to pursue legal action.
When you get in touch with an Uber or Lyft accident attorney, they will be able to help you decide who you should take legal action against. If, for example, your driver was speeding and went through a red light at an intersection moments before the wreck, you will likely want to hold them accountable. If, however, your attorney discovers the rideshare company did not conduct the proper background checks before letting the driver on the app, you’ll want to consider trying to hold the company accountable for negligent hiring practices.
Regardless of the liable party, or even if you choose to pursue claims against both, the process will start with an investigation. Your lawyer will gather evidence to prove you were wronged and should be compensated for the related losses. While most injury claims result in a settlement offer through negotiations, there is a chance settlement may not be possible for your situation.
If negotiations are not going well, your lawyer will explain your right to pursue a rideshare accident lawsuit before a judge and jury. While doing so will extend the length of time it takes to resolve your case, it could be the only way to receive full and fair compensation.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
The injuries and losses an accident victim can experience are often challenging to deal with. Fortunately, our Georgia rideshare accident lawyers are here for those individuals, and we’re prepared to provide the legal advice and guidance needed to ensure maximum recovery.
The sooner you get in touch with a rideshare attorney, the better your chances are of making a full recovery. We understand how intimidating it can be to take legal action against a rideshare giant. Still, we believe negligent companies and drivers deserve to be held accountable when others are injured.
To get started, schedule a free case evaluation with our law firm today. We’ll review your situation and help you determine how best to proceed to get your life back in order and protect your future.