Vehicle offering rides for Uber and Lyft.
According to a report from Fox5, a mother and her two young children were hit by a rideshare vehicle at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last week as they attempted to leave the terminal and walk to the parking deck. They were within a marked crosswalk, and the rideshare driver admitted that he had not been paying attention when the accident occurred. The accident caused one of the children to be ejected from their stroller. Neither the woman or her children suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident. The impact resulted in damage to the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken to jail on multiple traffic charges. In Georgia, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers are required to come to a full stop when there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk or approaching the crosswalk on their side of the road. When drivers are turning, even if they have a green light, they are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Additionally, drivers are prohibited from passing other vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk, as well as from parking their vehicles where they will block a crosswalk. Airport management is reportedly viewing ways to keep pedestrians safer around the airport. When an accident involves a rideshare driver, determining liability can be complex. The main rideshare companies operating at the airport — Uber and Lyft — each offer a liability policy of up to $1 million if their drivers cause an accident while en route to pick up a passenger or while transporting one. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, and/or an accident involving a rideshare driver, let an experienced personal injury attorney from Cambre & Associates LLC explore your legal options for obtaining compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury. Contact us for a free case evaluation.