Who is Liable for Injuries Occurring in a Rideshare Accident?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Being involved in a car accident and trying to recover from it both physically and financially is already a stressful and often complicated process, and can be even more so when the accident involved a rideshare or car service vehicle. Many residents of crowded cities prefer to use ridesharing services to get around rather than taking their own vehicles out on the road. While there are many benefits to ridesharing and car services, such as being able to drink and get home safely without having to drive oneself, it’s important to remember that you are still surrendering the driving experience to another person, and accidents can still happen.
Multiple parties might be liable in a rideshare or car service accident.
If you are involved in an accident with a rideshare or car service vehicle, it can be difficult to decide who is liable for injuries or other damages incurred in an accident. While ridesharing and car services are required to hire background-checked employees with clean driving records, any driver is subject to engaging in reckless behavior or being affected by conditions on the road outside of their control, such as severe weather or other vehicles. If a rideshare or car service company fails to perform adequate background checks and hire appropriate employees, they could be even more liable if an accident were to occur.
In many places, passenger transportation companies are required to purchase and maintain insurance.
Rideshare and car service companies in many places are required to maintain a certain amount of insurance to protect their drivers and passengers in the event of a wreck. Additionally, individual drivers may also be required to maintain their own insurance in the event of an accident. This means that if you are involved in a car accident with a rideshare or car service vehicle, you may be able to file against the driver or service’s insurance company. If your claim is denied for some reason or the compensation is not enough to cover your damages, you may also be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver themselves if reckless or negligent behavior occurred.
There are a variety of damages that may be compensable in a car accident.
Medical expenses including trauma therapy and vocational rehabilitation are just a few costs to consider. Lost wages or impairment of earning capacity, life care expenses, and pain and suffering should also be accounted for. In the case of a fatality, loss of consortium/care and companionship or wrongful death and funeral expenses are several more damages you may be eligible to seek compensation for after a car accident. Due to the average cost of these damages and the fact that many of these damages may apply to one case, it is not uncommon for a victim to need to file multiple claims against different parties in order to receive the full amount of compensation necessary to pay these expenses.
Due to the complexity of rideshare and car service accidents, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel.
Due to the multiple parties involved in an accident with a rideshare or car service vehicle, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel when deciding how to pursue compensation for your damages. The good news is that reputable personal injury attorneys do not charge a consultation fee, or any other fees if they choose to accept your case unless they win the case for you. With this in mind, there’s little reason to delay contacting an experienced attorney to discuss your situation and eligibility for compensation.