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Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?

Rideshare companies have become ubiquitous in modern society. Many people choose to call Ubers or Lyfts instead of traditional taxis. They’re convenient, and the tracking features offer an additional level of safety when you need to make sure someone has gotten to their destination. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen. Who is at fault if your ride ends in an accident?

What happens when you’re in a rideshare accident?

Uber and Lyft, among other services, require their drivers to carry their own personal car insurance—and their drivers are typically covered under corporate policies when they’re driving for the apps.

If you’re in a rideshare accident, you should file a claim against the rideshare company. It’s especially important to retain a personal injury lawyer in this situation, since rideshare accident claims are often more complex than typical accident claims.

Anyone involved in a rideshare accident should seek medical assistance as soon as possible, and call law enforcement to report the accident. Next, you’ll gather any evidence available, like pictures of the accident scene, damage and injuries.

Once you’re safe and recovering from your injuries, you should report your accident to Uber or Lyft through their websites. If you’re already working with an attorney, they can help you write out your experience. If you speak to insurance adjusters, be careful not to admit fault or undervalue your injuries.

Typically, Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers are treated as independent contractors whose vehicles are used for work—but they are often covered under a corporate insurance policy. Working with a personal injury attorney ensures that you will recover the maximum amount of compensation available, depending on your individual circumstances.

For more information about rideshare accidents, call the seasoned personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.