Uber/ Lyft Accidents
Atlanta Uber/ Lyft Attorney
There is no doubt that the rideshare industry has left an impact on society. Studies have shown that DUI arrests have decreased since the popularity of these companies have grown. However, an increasing number of motor vehicle collisions are occurring where drivers were either transporting passengers via Uber or Lyft, or where drivers were delivering food via Uber Eats or other modern food delivery services.
According to a 2018 study from the University of Chicago and Rice University, the increased use of ride-sharing services has contributed to an additional 1,100 traffic fatalities a year since 2011.
The national study reviewed statistics on fatal traffic accident rates in several U.S. cities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and compared them with the dates Uber or Lyft launched in each specific city. The use of Uber and Lyft amounted to an average increase of traffic deaths by 2% to 3%.
Company Liability and Access to Uber/ Lyft Insurance Coverage
In the rideshare industry, it is increasingly popular for Uber/ Lyft drivers to transport passengers and deliver food as a way to make additional money after their work has ended from their primary employer. As such, rideshare drivers often have challenging schedules that include drivers driving while they are tired and sleep-deprived. These factors can expose others in their car as passengers and others on the road to an unreasonable risk of harm.
If you are injured by the negligence of someone who was driving for either Uber or Lyft, depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to sue and recover damages from their employer pursuant to various theories of liability, as these accidents often occur when the driver is acting within the course and scope of their employment.
It is important that an attorney know when the at-fault driver was driving for either Uber or Lyft, because potentially far more insurance coverage is available when the driver has insurance coverage from either ride-share company.
Uber/ Lyft are also liable in a case where the driver was driving for either company under legal theories of vicarious liability and/ or negligent hiring. The theory of vicarious liability states that a company is liable for the negligent acts of its employee. The theory of negligent hiring applies when the company could have decided not to hire the driver if it had taken reasonable steps in screening the ride-share driver’s past driving record. For instance, if the driver had a history of driving while intoxicated or an extensive history of causing motor vehicle collisions, then the company may be held liable for negligently hiring a driver with a history of driving infractions.
Contact the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel for a Free and Confidential Consultation
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury firm with experience handling rideshare negligence claims. Successfully resolving cases such as these requires a deep understanding of the hierarchies of responsibility that contributed to or otherwise influenced the collision.
We are a fundamentally client-oriented firm. We closely collaborate with our clients and take the time to learn about their goals and concerns. This informational advantage enables us to act swiftly and decisively when opportunities arise in litigation.