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Determining Fault in Uber & Lyft Accidents

Determining Fault in Uber & Lyft Accidents

Atlanta Injury Blog > 2020 > August > Determining Fault in Uber & Lyft Accidents

Although more Americans are relying on rideshare companies like Uber or Lyft to get around, accidents involving rideshare vehicles are not uncommon. Accidents can leave rideshare drivers with devastating injuries, property damage, and lost wages. If you are a rideshare driver who has suffered a serious injury while working for Uber or Lyft, you might be entitled to recover compensation.

Rideshare drivers need to establish the facts of their case as soon as possible to pursue compensation. If another party acted negligently and caused the accident, then the rideshare driver will need to gather compelling evidence, such as a police report, pictures of the accident scene, and information for any witnesses.

Determining responsibility for who should pay compensation for a rideshare accident is complicated because rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors, according to The National Labor Relations Board. Individuals with occupations that meet the following factors are considered independent contractors instead of regular employees:

  • Control of the work that is performed and how it is done is left to the individual
  • Business components of the job are managed by the individual
  • The individual does not receive any employee benefits
  • There is no formal employee contract

Since Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, they can’t file workers’ compensation claims for accident injuries. However, the following insurance policies might apply to rideshare accidents:

  • The rideshare company's insurance policy
  • The policy of the other driver involved in the accident
  • The rideshare driver's personal insurance policy

Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys in Atlanta

The Kalka Law Group proudly represents rideshare drivers throughout Atlanta who have been seriously injured in accidents. We are familiar with these types of cases and possess the extensive legal knowledge you need on your side to protect your best interests. We have a stellar track record and reputation for fireclay advocating for our clients, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm to get started on your case.

Call (404) 907-1594 today to set up a free case consultation with one of our seasoned Uber and Lyft accident lawyers.

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