Rideshare services have gained popularity, but accidents involving rideshare drivers can happen.
It is important to understand who has liability in such cases and to seek proper recourse for any injuries sustained.
Rideshare company liability
Rideshare companies have policies addressing accidents involving their drivers. Generally, if the rideshare driver is actively providing services during the accident, the company may have some responsibility. However, determining the extent of the company’s liability can be complex, depending on factors such as the driver’s employment status and the specific circumstances of the accident.
Rideshare driver liability
Rideshare drivers are typically classified as independent contractors, meaning they are responsible for their own actions while driving. If a rideshare driver acts negligently or violates traffic laws while carrying a passenger, they may be personally liable for any resulting injuries. However, establishing the driver’s fault and their direct contribution to the accident and injuries is critical. Then, following up with the driver’s insurance company and other professionals is key to obtaining compensation for injuries or damages.
Liability of other parties
In certain situations, other parties may also share some responsibility for the accident. For example, if another motorist’s reckless driving or traffic violations contributed to the collision, they may be liable for their actions. Likewise, if a defective vehicle component or road hazard played a role in the accident, the automobile manufacturer or the entity responsible for road maintenance may also bear some of the liability.
Every case is unique and the outcome will depend on your circumstances. Understanding the factors that determine liability empowers you to protect your rights and pursue proper compensation for any harm suffered due to a rideshare driver’s negligence.