Ridesharing is a convenient way for people to travel. Whether heading out with friends for a night out on the town, to the airport, or work, ridesharing doesn’t mean you will avoid an accident that results in sustaining an injury.
Rideshare accident claims are complicated. However, understanding how the types of ridesharing accidents occur can help you better understand how liability works when it comes to personal injury claims. If you sustain an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident, here’s what you need to know:
Types of Ride Share Accidents
Someone can suffer an injury in a rideshare accident in one of three ways:
As a passenger in a rideshare car
As a driver or passenger riding in another vehicle that has been hit by a rideshare car
As a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist that has been hit by a rideshare car
Who is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?
Liability in rideshare accidents is tricky, and filing a personal injury claim can be a difficult feat to accomplish without the assistance of an attorney. While a rideshare driver may be at fault, recovering damages can be tough if the driver only has a personal auto insurance policy.
The reason why this poses a problem is that personal auto insurance policies do not cover drivers that are carrying passengers in a commercial service setting. When involved in a rideshare accident, it’s crucial to gather as much information and documentation as possible such as:
The rideshare driver’s name
Contact information of witnesses to your accident
A screenshot of the rideshare app that shows the receipt from your rideshare trip
Medical documentation of the injuries sustained in the accident.
Rideshare drivers rely on the company's liability insurance when they're on-duty, and drivers are instructed to file accident claims through their app. Unfortunately, not all drivers file claims because they fear they may lose their job. Regardless, it’s still important for passengers to pursue a claim.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
Rideshare accidents come with a complicated set of obstacles. Having an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim.
You deserve the maximum compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained in a rideshare accident. If you are unsure how to proceed with a personal injury claim for a rideshare accident, we can help.