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Who Is Liable For Rideshare Car Accidents?

Last updated on August 10, 2022

When you get into a car accident with another driver, the process is relatively straightforward. You file an insurance claim and, if necessary, also pursue a claim against the negligent driver who caused the accident. However, what do you do if you are injured in an accident while taking an Uber, Lyft or a similar rideshare service? These types of claims can be complicated, and it is important to seek help from an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help determine your options following a rideshare car accident.

At the law firm of Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured car accident victims recover the compensation they need and deserve. We can help you hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.

Who Is At Fault? The Driver? The Rideshare Company?

Personal injury claims are based on negligence. That is, if one or more parties act in a negligent manner that contributes to causing an accident, and that accident results in an injury, then the negligent party may be liable. If your rideshare driver was negligent and you were injured, you can make a claim with the driver’s insurance company. If another driver was negligent and caused the accident, you may be able to make a claim against that driver’s insurance company.

Problems arise because an insurance company will only provide compensation up to a policy’s limit. If a driver is underinsured or uninsured, that can leave you with expensive medical bills and little recourse. However, both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million in insurance coverage for bodily injury suffered by passengers who are injured while taking one of their rideshares. Coverage provided by other companies may differ. The laws are rapidly evolving in this area, and it is essential to seek advice from a lawyer if you have been hurt while taking a rideshare.

Contact Us If You Were Hurt While Taking An Uber Or A Lyft

If you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in a rideshare car accident, schedule a consultation with us. Call 716-301-4201 or contact us online. From our offices in Olean, we provide representation to people throughout New York and Pennsylvania.