Rideshare Accidents: Understanding Claims and Liability
The advent of ridesharing companies has revolutionized the way people travel, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. However, like any other form of transportation, rideshare accidents can occur, resulting in injuries and confusion about liability and claims. In this article, we will explore what ridesharing companies are, what to do after a rideshare accident, the potential value of a rideshare passenger injury claim, and the responsibility for a passenger's injuries.
1) What is a Ridesharing Company?
A ridesharing company is a transportation service that connects passengers with drivers through a mobile app. Passengers can request a ride through the app, and nearby drivers using their personal vehicles respond to the request. Popular ridesharing companies include Uber, Lyft, and others. Ridesharing services provide a convenient alternative to traditional taxis and public transportation.
2) What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
If you are involved in a rideshare accident as a passenger, follow these steps:
a) Check for Injuries: First and foremost, check yourself and others for any injuries and seek medical attention immediately if needed.
b) Report the Accident: Inform the rideshare driver about the accident and ask them to report it to the ridesharing company. If the driver is unresponsive or unable to report the accident, contact the company yourself.
c) Gather Information: Collect contact and insurance information from all parties involved, including the other driver if applicable.
d) Document the Scene: Take photos or videos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and any visible damages or injuries.
e) Obtain Witness Statements: If there are witnesses, collect their contact information and statements about what they saw.
f) Seek Legal Advice: Consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in rideshare accidents to understand your rights and explore potential compensation.
3) What is a Rideshare Passenger Injury Claim Worth?
The value of a rideshare passenger injury claim depends on various factors, including the severity of the injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the liability of the parties involved. Compensation for a rideshare passenger injury claim typically covers medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
4) Who is Responsible for a Rideshare Passenger’s Injuries?
Determining responsibility for a rideshare passenger's injuries can be complex, as it depends on the circumstances of the accident. The responsible party may vary based on:
a) The Other Driver: If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, that driver may be held liable.
b) Rideshare Driver: If the rideshare driver's negligence contributed to the accident, they and their insurance may be responsible.
c) Ridesharing Company: In many cases, the ridesharing company's insurance may also come into play, especially if the rideshare driver was on duty at the time of the accident. Additionally, we've found that the rideshare driver's insurance will deny coverage because their policy does not cover commercial activity. Thus, we find ourselves contacting and asserting a claim against Uber or Lyft's insurance policy.
5) Rideshare Accident Liability
Rideshare companies often provide insurance coverage to their drivers while they are on duty. The coverage may include liability insurance for third-party injuries and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. When a rideshare driver is at fault for the accident, their personal insurance and the rideshare company's insurance may both be involved in covering damages.
Rideshare accidents can result in injuries and confusion about liability and claims. If you're involved in a rideshare accident as a passenger, prioritize your safety and well-being, report the accident to the rideshare company, and gather relevant information and evidence. Seek medical attention for any injuries and consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in rideshare accidents to understand your rights and pursue fair compensation for your damages. Rideshare accident liability can be complex, but with proper legal representation, you can navigate the process and protect your interests.
This article is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Each case is different and it is recommended that you consult a licensed attorney in your area if you have been injured or have a potential personal injury case.