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Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?


If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident and are suffering from injuries at the hands of a negligent party, you may be wondering how the personal injury claims process works. Does the rideshare driver pay if they’re responsible? Does Uber or Lyft pay? Fortunately, our personal injury lawyers have over three decades of experience and stay up-to-date with new technologies and apps that are involved in personal injury cases. We can help determine liability and build a strong case so you’re paid exactly what you’re owed for your suffering.

Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Like all car accidents, rideshare accidents can occur for a variety of reasons on the road, resulting in injuries that range from minor, such as fractures and sprains, whiplash, and bruises, and serious, including head and brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and sometimes, death.

Common causes of rideshare collisions include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Alcohol or drug-impaired driving
  • Speeding
  • Lack of proper driving training
  • Hazardous weather or road conditions

As is the case with all car accidents, we recommend that after an accident that you take photos of all the damage inflicted on both the car you’re in and the other driver’s car. Photographic evidence and eyewitness statements are important for our attorneys to have when it comes to building your case.

Rideshare Claims Process

The major rideshare companies, including Uber and Lyft, have taken efforts to distance themselves from liabilities. Rideshare drivers are not considered company employees, and they own their own cars. However, if the rideshare driver was on the clock during the accident, the companies’ $1 million coverage insurance kicks in. If the rideshare driver was not working at the time of the accident, their personal insurance is their insurance policy.

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