Liability for Rideshare Accidents
Accidents happen all the time, regardless of where you are or who may be behind the wheel. Whether you are working for a rideshare company like Lyft or Uber, you are a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, or you are driving in another car, you have rights after being involved in an accident.
Who is Liable for the Accident?
Motor vehicle accidents involving Uber or Lyft can add an extra layer of complexities to a personal injury claim, especially since it is still a relatively new service. That said, drivers will typically have coverage if their app is on and they are actively using it for a paying fare. Additionally, passengers of a ridesharing driver will have coverage as well. In Connecticut, rideshare drivers must carry their own valid insurance. In addition to this requirement, Uber and Lyft must also insure their drivers.
Unfortunately, sometimes injured passengers find themselves having to fight tooth and nail against the insurance company, the driver, and even the contractor to obtain the fair and just compensation they deserve. Uber and Lyft drivers are technically considered independent contractors, which is why liability is often challenging to prove.
If you were injured in a ridesharing accident, it is crucial to document everything as you would under any other circumstances. Exchange insurance and contact information, take as many photos as possible, call local law enforcement, seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and speak to a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help you maximize damages that the insurance company may try to deny.
Below is a list of examples of when you may pursue a personal injury claim:
- The ridesharing driver was driving negligently, such as speeding or disobeying traffic laws.
- The ridesharing driver was driving recklessly, such as cutting off other drivers or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- The ridesharing driver did not follow Uber or Lyft’s requirements for proper vehicle maintenance.
- Any accident you are in regardless of who was at fault (as you are a passenger).
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If you were injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver, do not hesitate to reach out to the personal injury team at Action Law Group for the exceptional legal guidance you need. With more than 40 years of experience on our side, you can feel confident our team has what it takes to hold the responsible party accountable.
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