A rideshare accident can be especially confusing and complicated for the victims. As with any car accident, those injured in the collision need to establish both who is responsible for the accident and the extent of the damages and losses that occurred as a result. But determining who is liable for paying for those damages isn’t quite as straightforward as it would be in an accident between two individuals because how car insurance works in rideshare accidents.
Determining who is legally responsible for paying for the harms and losses caused in a rideshare accident depends on the victim’s relationship to the rideshare. For example, the rights of a rideshare passenger depend on whether the rideshare driver was at fault or whether the accident was caused by someone else. Similarly, people who are involved in an accident with a rideshare, but are not rideshare passengers, have a different set of rights and options. Finally, rideshare drivers who are hurt in an accident caused by another driver have an even different set of legal rights.
Depending on your case, there may be multiple insurance providers and policies involved, which can make negotiation more difficult, since these carriers may attempt to deny claims. And if you are traveling with other passengers, it may affect the amount of compensation you receive.
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, here are some things you need to know in order to best protect your legal options.
Like other car accidents, legal liability for rideshare accidents rests on those whose carelessness caused the collision. However, identifying the appropriate insurance companies who will be responsible for paying for your harms and losses in rideshare cases can be especially complex. Further, your options can be impacted by a variety of other factors, including how many people were in the car, who was injured, and the driver’s status at the time of the accident. Coverage may differ depending on whether you were a passenger or a driver or pedestrian who was hit by an Uber or Lyft driver. However, there are typically three insurance policies that should be identified when evaluating your options:
This is because personal insurance policies typically won’t cover vehicles when they are being used for commercial purposes. Carriers will often deny claims made by rideshare accident victims in these situations. A rideshare accident lawyer can help you demand fair compensation for your injuries if this occurs, and help you understand what other insurance coverages might protect you.
There are several other things you’ll need to consider as you investigate how best to proceed with your case:
If there are multiple passengers injured in the car accident, it can also complicate your case and make it harder to get the settlement you need. Compensation will be split among the victims, potentially limiting your settlement. It typically takes the dedication of a skilled rideshare accident attorney to successfully negotiate for adequate compensation in these instances.
While it might not be necessary to hire a lawyer to resolve your accident case, consulting with a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer can give you a clear understanding of your rights and options, putting you in the best position to maximize your recovery. Because these collisions are especially complex and often require negotiation with large companies, victims typically achieve better case outcomes with the help of a lawyer. Here are a few reasons why you might consider hiring one:
It’s important to hire the right legal representation for your case, especially since there are many personal injury lawyers who are only concerned about their own interests. You won’t find that with our team at FVF. We strive to treat accident victims with dignity, compassion, and the highest degree of integrity. Here’s what our team can bring to your rideshare accident case:
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a rideshare collision, our accident lawyers can help. Contact us today for a free consultation, and learn how to proceed with your rideshare accident case.
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