Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around the Atlanta metro area. But if you’re injured in an accident, figuring out whose insurance will pay for the damages can be confusing. What you should know:
Who Could Be Liable for a Rideshare Accident?
A number of parties could be liable for any injuries that you sustain in a rideshare crash. These include:
Uber or Lyft driver
The rideshare company
Other drivers who are at fault for the wreck
What Types of Insurance Coverage May Be Available
Rideshare accident claims get complex because compensation may be paid from several different insurance sources. It depends on the driver’s status at the time of the crash and who is to blame. Georgia law has specific insurance requirements for rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. See O.C.G.A. § 33-1-24.
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The driver’s own personal insurance coverage will apply. In Georgia, the minimum bodily injury liability limits are $25,000 per person and $50,000 for multiple people in an accident. The driver must also carry $25,000 in property damage insurance.
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If the rideshare driver’s personal insurance does not
apply, then both Uber and Lyft provide liability coverage of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and up to $50,000 in property damage liability.
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Both Uber and Lyft carry $1 million in third-party liability coverage per accident. They also provide uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injury. The limits of this coverage vary by state. In Georgia, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are required to provide $1,000,000 in uninsured motorist coverage per accident.
If another driver was at fault for a rideshare accident, injured victims may be able to file a claim against that driver’s personal auto insurance. In those situations, that driver’s liability insurance would apply, as well as the uninsured motorist coverage available on the Uber or Lyft vehicle.
How a Rideshare Accident Attorney May Help
A Georgia rideshare attorney can help victims seek compensation for damages such as: