Truck Accidents Involving Ride Share and Delivery Services
Seek Justice After Rideshare and Delivery Truck Accidents: Your Path to Fair Compensation with Dressie Law Firm
Get information on what to do if you’re involved in a truck accident with a ride-share or delivery service vehicle. Learn about your rights, liabilities, and how the Dressie Law Firm can help.
Were You Injured in a Truck Accident While Ridesharing?
Ridesharing and delivery services are becoming a big part of our lives. Many people are increasingly relying on the industry giants Lyft and Uber for daily transportation and delivery. While very convenient, ridesharing vehicles are not immune to traffic accidents.
According to the latest Uber Safety Report, there were 101 Uber traffic fatalities in 2019 and 2020, 19% of which were rideshare passengers. For Lyft, there were 49 fatalities in 2019, according to their latest Community Safety Report. The number of crashes and injuries are not disclosed. Many of these accidents and fatalities involved trucks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident while in a rideshare vehicle, you are entitled to recover compensation. But before you can do so, you must determine the actual cause of the accident and the liable party.
In trucking accidents, trucking companies and their drivers are often found liable for the accident. However, in this case, Uber or Lyft drivers may also be at fault. Your truck accident attorney can help you find this out and walk you through the entire process.
Truck accident lawyers at Dressie Law Firm are available to help you seek fair and equitable compensation for your injuries and damages.
What to Do if Injured by a Truck While Riding an Uber or Lyft Vehicle?
In the unfortunate event of an accident while using Uber or Lyft, swift and informed action is crucial. It is important to take the following steps:
- Document damages and injuries: Capture photos of the accident scene, including vehicles and injuries, if possible. Seek immediate medical attention and keep records of all related documents.
- Report to the Rideshare Company: Use the rideshare service’s accident reporting form to provide detailed incident information.
- Seek legal support: Hire a personal injury attorney to understand what needs to be done and protect your rights.
- File personal injury claim: Your attorney files a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
- Investigate and determine liability: Collaborate with your attorney to investigate and establish liability for the accident.
- File a lawsuit: if negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company fail or there are multiple liable parties, consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Who Can Be Held Liable in Truck Accidents Involving Ride Share and Delivery Services?
Truck accidents are notoriously complicated due to the fact that multiple parties could be liable. In a truck accident that involves a rideshare or delivery service vehicle, determining liability becomes more complex.
The following parties could be held liable for the accident and your injuries as a rideshare passenger:
1. The rideshare or delivery driver:
- Reckless driving: The rideshare driver may be held liable if their reckless or aggressive driving caused the accident.
- Violating traffic laws: Speeding is a leading cause of car and truck accidents. If the rideshare or delivery service driver was speeding when the accident occurred, they may be held liable.
- Impaired Driving: If the rideshare driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, they may be held liable for the accident.
- Fatigue: Rideshare drivers are incentivized to work as much as possible to maximize earnings, so it’s not uncommon to come across a fatigued Uber or Lyft driver. Fatigue and drowsiness are among the leading causes of traffic accidents.
2. The rideshare and delivery company:
- Negligent hiring: Rideshare companies can be held liable if they were negligent in hiring the driver or failed to conduct proper background checks.
3. The truck driver:
- Negligent Driving: Similar to rideshare drivers, a truck driver can be held responsible if their negligence, such as aggressive driving or tailgating, contributes to an accident.
- Hours of Service Violations: Truck drivers are subject to strict hours-of-service regulations to prevent fatigue. If the truck driver was driving for longer hours than allowed at the time of the accident, they may be held liable for the accident.
- Failure to Maintain Vehicle: If a truck driver fails to properly maintain their vehicle, leading to a mechanical failure contributing to an accident, they may be held accountable.
- Impaired Driving: Like rideshare drivers, if a truck driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol during an accident, they may be held liable.
4. The trucking company:
- Negligent Hiring: If a trucking company fails to adequately screen or train its drivers, it may be held liable for accidents caused by the driver’s lack of skill or competence.
- Inadequate Maintenance Policies: Trucking companies must have proper maintenance protocols. If neglecting vehicle upkeep contributes to an accident, the company can be deemed responsible.
- Pressuring Drivers: Some companies may pressure drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines, leading to fatigue and increased accident risks. In such cases, the trucking company may be held liable.
- Failure to Monitor Hours of Service: If a trucking company neglects to ensure its drivers adhere to hours-of-service regulations, they can be held accountable for accidents resulting from driver fatigue.
5.A third-party driver:
- A third-party motorcycle or car driver may be held liable if their negligent or reckless actions on the road caused the truck accident that impacted the rideshare vehicle you were riding.
Determining liability for damages sustained by accident victims is a complex legal process and depends on the specific details of each case. Consulting with an Atlanta truck accident attorney is crucial to understanding individual liabilities and rights in the aftermath of a rideshare or delivery truck accident.
If you’re wondering what happens if you’re hit by someone driving a company car in Georgia, you must know that rideshare, delivery, and food app delivery drivers are not considered employees of rideshare and delivery companies. They are independent contractors. Therefore, Uber and Lyft cars are not considered company cars. Unless the company was found liable, they are not liable for their drivers.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Truck accident victims often sustain significant injuries and damages. Filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company is one way to obtain compensation for your damages.
If the rideshare or delivery driver is at fault:
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lift provide auto insurance coverage of $1,000,000 for drivers involved in accidents during a trip. Victims can file a claim against the rideshare company’s insurance carrier.
Offline drivers are not insured by rideshare and delivery companies. If you are injured during a ride, but the driver was offline, you must file a claim against their personal insurance policy.
If the truck driver or company is at fault:
Trucking companies in Georgia must have minimum liability insurance coverage. Victims can file a claim directly against the at-fault truck driver or their employer’s insurance.
If the at-fault truck driver or another third party is uninsured or underinsured:
Rideshare companies like Uber provide Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (U/MM) coverage for injured passengers. Victims can file a claim under this coverage if the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.
Dressie Law Firm Can Help You
With a proven track record in handling truck accident cases, our experienced personal injury team is here to help you file your claim and fight for the most favorable outcomes. We have recovered over $30,000,000 in damages for our clients and are ready to recover fair compensation for you.
Don’t face trucking and rideshare companies alone. Take the next step towards justice by scheduling a free consultation with Dressie Law Firm.
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