Today’s technology allows busy professionals, students, parents, and anyone wanting a quick ride to hail a cab through their smartphone. Once ordered, GPS within the app helps the rider see their vehicle in transit toward them, and the cab will have the destination routed and ready to go when they hop in. Ridesharing, the name given to this growing technology, has taken Nashville by storm.
But like all things, no system is perfect. Uber and Lyft, the two most popular ridesharing companies, only vet their drivers for their criminal history and they require no specialized training or extensive experience. Because almost anyone can qualify to drive for these services, drivers could be reckless, careless, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs while transporting riders. This could lead to catastrophic injury accidents.
Nationally-recognized personal injury firm, The Law Offices of Luvell L. Glanton is here to help if you’ve been hurt in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services in Nashville. We have the experience and resources you need on your side to get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today by calling (615) 244-4511.
Whether you’re riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or were hit by a rideshare driver, you should seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been hurt. Even if you feel perfectly fine, always accept treatment from emergency personnel, as some symptoms of serious injuries may not show up until much later.
It’s not uncommon to experience these injuries in a ridesharing accident:
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance passed ridesharing regulations that took effect January 1, 2016, which clamped down on what ridesharing companies can and cannot do. Even with tougher laws for Uber and Lyft drivers to follow, accidents are still possible.
Our attorneys are ready to help you if you’ve been hurt in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service, including:
Injuries from these accidents can be incredibly painful and expensive. In Nashville, ridesharing services that operate within city limits have liabilities when their passengers or other drivers are hurt.
Tennessee courts follow a standard tort law when determining fault, how damages are allocated, and whether comparative fault applies to the accident. As such, ridesharing accidents require plaintiffs to prove:
This covers basic personal injury law, and applies to ridesharing accidents whether you’re a passenger in an Uber, a driver of another car, or a pedestrian.
Since rideshare drivers get paid by Lyft and Uber and use their technology to pick up and drop off riders, many people assume that the companies will immediately take responsibility for their drivers in the event of an accident. However, both ridesharing giants have fought back against this notion, insisting that their drivers are independent contractors who are responsible for maintaining a safe vehicle and driving according to state laws.
Despite this insistence, Uber and Lyft both carry insurance policies designed to protect people who are hurt in accidents caused by drivers who have the app turned on and are either heading to pick up a fare or are actively transporting riders.
Insurance carried by the rideshare driver individually is superseded by Uber and Lyft’s coverage on two levels:
A rideshare driver who is not online is treated as an individual when it comes to accidents. Uber and Lyft will not get involved in any way.
Depending on where you were when an Uber or Lyft hit you, options to recover damages will differ:
If you are unsure who to file a claim against, contact a lawyer for assistance.
Am I allowed to sue Uber directly?
There are circumstances where Uber may be indirectly involved with your accident. Our firm first files suit against the appropriate insurer, but if Uber or Lyft fight our claim, we must take our grievance directly to them and file suit against them.
What if an Uber or Lyft driver hit me, but their app wasn’t on?
Any damages caused by the driver outside of their ridesharing app will be the responsibility of the driver’s auto insurer.
How long should I wait to get medical care?
Injured persons are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately as some injuries aren’t immediately noticeable. Furthermore, a delay in treatment can be used as evidence that your injuries were not serious, or were not caused by the accident.
As ridesharing is relatively new, accidents involving cars with drivers who are indirectly employed by Uber, Lyft, or similar through an app can be incredibly complex. Multiple insurers and at-fault parties make these cases challenging to resolve. The Law Offices of Luvell L. Glanton are up to the task of taking your ridesharing accident case all the way to trial if needed.
Need help determining who may be at fault? Not sure if your claim against the ridesharing company has enough evidence to move forward? Contact our firm by phone at (615) 244-4511 to schedule an appointment, and we’ll discuss your ridesharing accident in detail.