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Ride sharing is more popular than ever these days, and for good reason, it is convenient, reliable and budget-friendly. But, just as with any kind of transportation there is the possibility of getting into an accident.
When you hop into an Uber or another ride share service, the last thing you think of is whether the driver has insurance coverage. Maybe you are an Uber or Lyft driver wondering about the protocol for ridesharing accidents, especially since you are spending so much more time driving. So, what do you do when you are in a rideshare accident?
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be able to sue them, depending on the specific case and accident.
As we mentioned, Uber and Lyft consider their drivers independent contractors. But, the legal definition of independent contractor may not actually apply 100 percent to drivers.
In accidents without a passenger, the driver’s personal insurance will cover that portion of the drive, but the company will step in with their insurance if the driver is underinsured.
For accidents that happen with a passenger, Uber or Lyft has insurance policies to cover those damages.
Because rideshare drivers are independent contractors, they are not required to have separate insurance policies.
Compared to taxis or buses, rideshare services don’t carry insurance that will protect the passenger when involved in an accident.
This means that if you are injured in a ridesharing accident, you won’t be able to use the driver’s insurance to cover your injuries.
Make sure you follow these simple steps to ensure you get the most our of your case.
There are a ton of distractions on the road these days for drivers and those same distractions also pertain for ride share driver. Drivers may look down to change the song they’re listening to, read a text message or look at their online map to see where they are going.
Serious injuries and fatalities are linked to drivers going too fast. It is easy to lose control when driving a car too fast and when having passengers in your car at unsafe speeds.
If your injury was serious enough to require plastic surgery or other lengthy medical procedures, you may be left with a stack of unpaid medical bills.
In these cases you may want to seek legal action for damages. You will need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney that can guide you through the legal process and help you get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
On the other hand, if you are at fault, you may need to seek counsel in order to protect yourself from any lawsuits.
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