Lyft has become a popular form of transportation in communities across Georgia. The driver takes you door to door wherever you need to go and can often arrive within minutes from the time you book the ride. Unfortunately, two big problems existed with this scheme: Lyft often inadequately vetted drivers, and drivers often had insufficient auto insurance to cover accident damages. Georgia passed legislation to rectify these risk factors in July 2015.
The Gumprecht Law Firm can help you recover damages under the Lyft insurance policy. Our Georgia car accident attorney takes a bold approach to demanding you are made whole. Our founding attorney worked in the technology sector before entering legal practice and continues to make technology a central aspect of our representation. In addition, our attorney still thinks in terms of the efficiency and immediacy that are the hallmark of the tech industry, and he is available 24/7 to discuss your case.
The legal community has recognized the effectiveness of our approach and outcomes and awarded us the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, designation as a Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine, a Top 100 by the National Trial Lawyers and various other honors that can be found on our attorney’s bio page.
Georgia’s Lyft Laws
Georgia laws make ride-hailing services safer and force these companies to take financial responsibility for accidents involving their drivers. Lyft must now carry a $1 million commercial auto insurance policy that kicks into effect once the driver and passenger have agreed on the ride. The drivers are also required to obtain appropriate for-hire licenses and undergo drivers’ record checks.
Drivers often only carry the minimum mandatory amount of insurance and may be restricted by a non-commercial use provision. Forcing Lyft to carry adequate insurance is a crucial step in making sure you are covered in case of a crash.
Trying a Case Through the Lens of Technology
Lyft has attempted to distance itself from liability by proclaiming to be merely an online platform that puts riders and drives in contact, rather than a taxi service. Even under the new Georgia ride-hailing legislation, the Lyft corporation will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying.
For example, Lyft may challenge the start or end time of a ride to avoid liability if the driver strikes a pedestrian. In this scenario, our attorney’s tech experience would be important in establishing the time frame of the ride. Also, we have extensive experience in preserving electronic evidence that could be quickly destroyed at the click of a button. Our attorney files an emergency emotion that prohibits destruction of emails, driver/ rider correspondences, app analytics and other electronic information that might be relevant to the case.
Recover Damages from Lyft if You Were Injured in a Crash During a Ride
Lyft is responsible for paying your damages if you were injured while using the ride-hailing service. To learn more about your rights and options, call a Georgia car accident attorney at The Gumprecht Law Firm at 678-800-1050. Your first consultation is free, and your case is handled on contingency. We urge you not to hesitate. Our lawyer is available right now. You just need to pick up the phone and call.