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I called Matt after several people recommended him. He was very kind and did a very good job on my son’s case. We are very thankful for the work he did. Most importantly, he was never hard to reach and answered every question we had while going through the process. Matt is the only attorney I will ever call in the future.
My husband is a cyclist that did not fair well against an SUV recently. Matt and his team took phenomenal care of us, allowing us not to stress out (too much) about the little things. Matt and his team handled everything with professionalism. We know we made the right call.
So glad I hired this firm after my rearend car accident. Matt embodies the skill set and values I was looking for. He treats every case like a mini war, and was a zealous advocate on my behalf. And he did so in the most competent and skillful manner. He listened, was empathetic and understood my legal and nonlegal problems.
My 85-year old mom was in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. His love, thoroughness and commitment to her case helped us through this accident and her cancer treatment. She underwent successful lobectomy and chemotherapy and is doing exceptionally well. We are immensely grateful.
It was important to me to get the maximum money I could for my broken neck and arm. After getting jerked around for months by State Farm, I interviewed several firms and chose Mr. Wetherington. I’m glad I did. He forced the insurance company to pay twenty times their last offer to me.
It is an honor to share my experience with Mr. Wetherington. He was able to get answers about what happened in my son’s wreck that other attorney’s were not able to do. I am so thankful for the work that he did and he was very thorough in his explanation of why the vehicle had a “defect.”
My case did not settle. The person that hit me only had minimal policy limits. Fortunately, I had my own insurance, which should have provided more money. My insurance company, Allstate, treated me like garbage. We had to sue them and go all the way to trial, which we won.
- Jane Doe
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The usage of Uber and other ridesharing companies has exploded in recent years as individuals realize the convenience, affordability, and flexibility of apps that match drivers with those needing a ride. Statistics on Uber reveal that the company partners with more than 5 million drivers of private vehicles and handles 6.3 billion trips every year. Around 25 percent of people use Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing services monthly, for a total market share of $61 billion. By 2025, experts predict that the industry will be worth more than $220 billion.
At Wetherington Law Firm, our Atlanta Uber accident attorney is an experienced, trustworthy advocate for justice. Our law firm handles serious and catastrophic injury claims—and we know how to hold ridesharing companies and their insurance carriers accountable. If you were hurt in an Uber accident, we are here to help you get justice and compensation. To set up a free, fully confidential consultation with an Atlanta rideshare accident lawyer, please contact our law office today.
An Overview of Georgia’s Ridesharing Insurance Laws
Ridesharing is unique because the vehicles are used commercially (when picking up passengers) and personally (when the driver is not working for Uber). There are special insurance regulations in place to ensure that ridesharing vehicles have adequate coverage for their passengers. Under Georgia state law, Uber (and other ride-sharing companies) must obtain a minimum $1 million commercial liability policy to cover its passengers. All Uber passengers are covered by this policy. Additionally, the policy also applies to other parties—occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc—when an Uber is “in-service” with a passenger in the vehicle. However, the individual driver’s personal auto insurance policy applies if they are not actively working for Uber when a crash occurs.
Recovering Compensation for a Rideshare Accident in Atlanta
Were you hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident in Atlanta? If so, you need the maximum available financial compensation to pay your bills. Sadly, ridesharing companies and their commercial insurers can make the personal injury claims process difficult. Our Atlanta Uber accident attorney will help you maximize your recovery. Through an Uber accident claim, you may recover compensation for:
- Ambulance costs and emergency room care;
- Other medical bills and health-related expenses;
- Physical therapy or mental health counseling;
- Lost wages and diminished earning power;
- Pain and suffering & emotional distress;
- Scarring, disability, or physical impairment; and
- Wrongful death of a family member.
Common Injuries Sustained in Atlanta Uber Accidents
Ubers, while they may be seen as another taxi service, are operated by drivers who are just like everyone else. Accidents are bound to happen. Injuries are bound to be sustained. The severity of the injuries sustained in a rideshare accident may vary depending on many factors including speed, weather conditions, size of the vehicle, and road conditions. Injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, bruising, whiplash, brain injuries, sprains and strains, and internal organ damage can be sustained by the passengers in the Uber and even those in the other vehicle.
The Complexities of Uber Accident Claims
Uber’s Liability Insurance Coverage
To clear up a popular misconception, Uber does not escape accountability by trying to pin liability on its drivers. The company actually carries liability insurance to protect victims of accidents. As described in more detail below, the insurance kicks in at different points during the trip or transaction. Uber contracts with major insurance carriers for this coverage, and the coverage amounts are high. These companies assign your claim to their most experienced employees who look for reasons to deny it.
How the Uber App Impacts Liability
The amount and nature of insurance coverage in an Uber crash depends on the driver’s usage of the mobile app. There multiple time segments to keep in mind:
- If the driver is available and awaiting a ride, the coverage is $50,000 to $100,000 per accident.
- Uber insurance covers up to $1 million in bodily injury coverage for a crash when traveling to pick up a rider and while on trips.
- When the Uber driver is not on the app, you would seek compensation from his or her personal insurance coverage.
Complex Factors for Any Crash
Do not forget that all other legal requirements still apply to Uber accidents. To recover compensation, you must prove the elements of negligence: You need evidence showing that the Uber collision happened because the driver failed to exercise reasonable care. It is also necessary to prove your losses, so that you can obtain damages for:
- Medical expenses for emergency treatment, hospitalization, and other care;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish; and,
- Many other losses that impact your quality of life.
How Our Atlanta Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help
Ridshare accident claims are complex. You do not have to go up against the ridesharing company or its insurers alone. Our founding attorney Matt Q. Wetherington is a nationally recognized civil litigator with deep experience in serious and catastrophic accident claims. We take a proactive approach to personal injury representation. Among other things, our Atlanta rideshare accident lawyer will:
- Listen to your story and answer questions about ridesharing accident claims;
- Thoroughly investigate your Uber or Lyft accident, gathering the evidence you need;
- Handle correspondence and settlement talks with Uber and its insurers; and
- Prepare your case for litigation—ensuring you are in the best position to get results.
Get Help From Our Atlanta Uber Accident Lawyer Today
At Wetherington Law Firm, our Atlanta Uber accident attorney has the professional skills and legal expertise that you can rely on to secure the full and fair compensation that you deserve. If you or your family member was hurt in an Uber accident, we can help. Contact us today to set up your free case review. From our Atlanta office, we handle Uber accident injury claims in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, and beyond.