You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has recently been injured in an Uber accident in Augusta, GA. Hawk Law Group will be there to help you fight to maximize the money you’re awarded for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Our Augusta Uber accident lawyers have more than 71 years of experience standing up for car accident victims and their families. We’ve won millions of dollars by standing up to tough defendants and powerful insurance companies. Let us advocate for you today.
How Our Augusta Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Uber Accident
Uber accidents are complicated. Many times, several different parties are involved, including the rideshare driver, other negligent parties, and multiple insurance carriers. That can make getting the compensation you rightfully deserve challenging.
At Hawk Law Group, our award-winning Augusta personal injury attorneys have been dealing with complex motor vehicle accident cases like these for years. We’re skilled negotiators and respected litigators, which means we fight to resolve cases through settlements but aren’t afraid to push forward to trial.
When you hire our law firm after an Uber accident in Augusta, we will:
- Launch an independent investigation into your rideshare accident to determine the cause(s) and identify liable parties
- Work closely with experts and specialists so that we can better understand the full scope and impact of your Uber accident injuries
- Prepare a strong legal argument for damages, backed by solid and supportive evidence
- Negotiate with other parties and/or their insurance providers
- Bring your case to a compassionate jury in Augusta, if necessary
Our goal is to help you move forward after a traumatic crash. Let us handle your fight for damages while you focus on getting better.
Call us to schedule your free case evaluation. Our team is standing by 24/7/365.
How Common Are Uber Accidents?
Uber accident statistics are hard to come by. However, there is some evidence to suggest that car accidents have happened more frequently since Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies started offering rides across the country.
A study by the University of Chicago found that Uber and Lyft services might have led to an increase in fatal car wrecks in recent years. In fact, there may be approximately 1,000 car accident fatalities per year that can be attributed to the addition of rideshare vehicles on the road.
Between 2017 and 2018, Ubers were involved in 97 fatal car accidents, resulting in 107 deaths. Of those deaths, 21% were passengers, 21% were rideshare drivers, and 58% were in third-party vehicles.
Not all of these deaths involved rideshare vehicles directly. However, their presence on the road – and how they’ve changed traffic patterns and interacted with other vehicles – may have made conditions more unsafe.
What is My Uber Accident Case Worth?
Every case is different.
Ultimately, what your personal injury case is worth after an Uber accident in Augusta, Georgia will depend on things like:
- The seriousness and extent of your injuries
- Lost wages and income while you’re recovering
- Whether your ability to earn an income will be affected in the long term
- Other long-term consequences of your auto accident, such as chronic pain, emotional distress, or physical impairment
- Liability and whether there’s evidence that you contributed to the accident in any way
The more severe the trauma of your accident, the more a related claim for damages will likely be worth.
At Hawk Law Group, our Augusta car accident lawyers will work closely with experts every step of the way to make sure that we’re working with all of the information we need to value your Uber car accident case properly. Using the information they provide, our accident attorneys will be able to position ourselves to advocate for a full financial recovery on your behalf.
Who’s Liable For My Injuries After an Augusta Uber Accident?
Under Georgia state law, anyone who contributes to your rideshare accident – directly or indirectly – could be liable for your injuries. For this reason, it will be essential to launch a thorough investigation into the crash.
An investigation may reveal that any of the following parties can be held financially accountable for things like your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages:
- The Uber driver
- Other motorists on the road, including motorcyclists or truck drivers
- Passengers, if their conduct distracts or interferes with the Uber driver’s ability to drive safely
- Government agencies
- Companies responsible for manufacturing or selling defective vehicles or equipment
You might notice that Uber is missing from this list. That’s because, traditionally, you won’t be able to sue Uber after an accident. Uber drivers are typically classified as independent contractors, which means Uber itself isn’t responsible for the driver’s negligence if and when accidents happen.
But, that doesn’t mean that Uber’s insurance company won’t have to pay up after a crash involving one of its rideshare drivers.
How Do I Get Compensation After an Uber Accident?
Insurance will typically be your primary source of compensation after an Uber accident in Georgia.
You might qualify to receive benefits from the Uber driver’s insurance company, Uber’s insurance company, or a negligent third-party’s provider.
However, determining whose insurance company will pay – and when – often depends on what the Uber driver was doing at the time of the accident.
The Uber Driver Was Off Duty
The Uber driver and the driver’s personal insurance company will be personally liable for all crash-related damages if the driver wasn’t logged into the Uber app.
Georgia is a fault state when it comes to insurance. This means that the at-fault party’s insurance company will be responsible for covering crash-related damages. If you can prove that the Uber driver is at fault, you can seek benefits from the driver’s personal coverage.
Suppose your damages exceed the Uber driver’s insurance coverage. In that case, you can seek benefits from another at-fault party (or their insurer) and/or file a lawsuit directly against the Uber driver.
The Uber Driver Was Awaiting a Ride Request
Let’s say you’re involved in an accident with an Uber driver who was logged into the rideshare app and was waiting for a ride request. In this instance, Uber’s insurance policy would be active, and you may qualify for benefits.
In this situation, Uber’s policy will cover up to:
- $50,000 in bodily injury coverage (per person);
- $100,000 in bodily injury coverage (per accident); and
- $25,000 in property damage coverage (per accident).
Uber’s policy is secondary to others that apply. This simply means you’ll have to exhaust all other options before filing a claim with Uber’s insurance carrier.
The Uber Driver Had Accepted a Ride Request
The moment a driver accepts a ride request, Uber’s million-dollar insurance policy becomes effective. Once you’ve exhausted all of the insurance benefits available to you under the at-fault driver’s policy, Uber’s policy will cover up to $1 million in crash-related damages.
Uber also has a $1 million uninsured/underinsured motorist injury policy that will cover passengers when a third-party driver is at fault but doesn’t have adequate insurance.
What Damages Can I Get in an Uber Accident Claim?
Whether you’re filing an insurance claim for benefits or a lawsuit, the following economic and non-economic damages may be available:
- Medical bills, including hospitalization, surgery, medication, and follow-up care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Nursing care
- Lost income and wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including things like PTSD and depression
- Disfigurement and scarring
Economic awards help to make up for the financial costs of your accident. Non-economic awards make up for the subjective, hard-to-value consequences you experience.
Our Augusta personal injury attorneys will fight not only to secure compensation for all of your damages, but to maximize your recovery.
What Causes Most Uber Accidents in Augusta?
Common causes of Uber accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Stopping or parking in traffic while waiting for passengers
- Impeding the flow of traffic at intersections while passengers enter or exit the rideshare vehicle
- Operating an Uber while intoxicated
- Fatigued driving
- Unsafe turns or stops
Additionally, equipment malfunctions or defective vehicles can contribute to or cause car accidents involving Uber vehicles.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Uber Accident?
Don’t miss the deadline that applies to your case. You will give up the right to file a claim and demand the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Augusta Uber Accident Lawyer
Are you struggling with injuries because of an Uber accident in Augusta, GA? Contact Hawk Law Group for immediate legal assistance. Our Augusta Uber accident lawyers can help you seek maximum compensation from those responsible.
We’ll help you navigate your complicated Uber case and give you the time you need to focus on your recovery. Your first case evaluation is absolutely free, so call our law offices today.