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Personal InjuryOctober 05, 2023

When Is a Rideshare Company Liable for an Accident?

Injured in a Rideshare Accident? Here’s What You Need to Know.

With millions of people relying on rideshares each day, it is unsurprising that the number of accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers has increased significantly. If you are involved in a rideshare accident, you need to know who can be held accountable. In some cases, it may be the individual driver, while in others, the rideshare company may be held accountable.

At The Case Handler, our lawyers represent individuals who have been seriously injured in rideshare accidents throughout New York City. We have extensive experience handling even the most complex cases. If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

When Is a Rideshare Company Liable?

If you were injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft accident, you need to know who can be held legally responsible for your injuries. Liability in a rideshare accident is frequently determined by who caused the accident and if they were driving for the rideshare company at the time of the collision. 

A rideshare company may be held liable when:

  • On duty. The Uber or Lyft driver has the app turned on and is waiting for someone to request a ride.
  • En route or with a passenger. Uber and Lyft provide $1 million liability insurance policies for drivers who are involved in an accident when they are en route to pick up a passenger or have passengers in their vehicle. 

If the rideshare driver who caused the accident was not on duty and was driving their vehicle for personal use, then their individual insurance policy would provide coverage. If there are no serious injuries, then you may go through your own no-fault insurance policy to cover losses. 

Should I Hire an Attorney?

Rideshare accidents can be complicated. Without the help of an attorney, you could end up settling your case for less than it is worth. An attorney can help ensure that you receive the money you deserve after an accident.

The first step in an accident with a rideshare driver should be determining who or what caused the collision. An attorney can help conduct an independent investigation to determine who should be held liable, including which insurance policy or policies you should file a claim against. 

Can I Sue a Rideshare Company for an Accident?

Generally, you are unable to sue a rideshare company for an accident caused by one of their drivers. However, there are exceptions. For instance, you may be able to sue the company if they were negligent in the hiring of the driver. To determine whether you have a valid lawsuit against the company, you need to consult with a lawyer.

Injured in a Rideshare Accident? Contact Our Office. 

Were you or a loved one injured in a rideshare accident in NYC? Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of rideshare accident victims throughout New York City. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

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