Ever since these ridesharing apps have come into being. People have started depending on them for a regular form of commute that is cheaper and sometimes quicker than hiring a taxi. It is safe to assume that these ridesharing apps would continue to prosper for the foreseeable future. But unfortunately, a Uber or Lyft accident can happen.
But one things people overlook before getting into an Uber is the possibly of getting into a car accident. Which could be different from regular car accidents when it comes to liabilities of payments for injuries and other losses.
So who is held liable for Uber or Lyft accident? That depends on the scenario of the specific accident.
Who is Responsible for the Crash?
In the events of you getting hurt in an accidents caused due to the fault of an Uber or Lyft driver. Whether you were the passenger for a ride or in another vehicle, the driver is liable to pay for your injuries and losses.
Since these ridesharing apps require the driver to insure their cars. A lot of your damages will be pay by the insurance company. Add to that, Uber also has a new policy that requires its drivers to be covered by an insurance of at least $1 million.
So if it is proved that the driver is responsible for the accident, all you need to do if file a claim and most of your work is done. Especially if you were a passenger in an accident, since there is no way you could be responsible then.
The $1 million insurance policy also applies to you if you were hit by and Uber driver even if there were no passengers in the car, as long as they were available for accepting rides.
In case the driver was off-the-clock, that is they weren’t online to accept rides. Then the case will be held as a regular car accident.
What if another Car Driver was Responsible?
In case you were a passenger for a ride that got into an accident due to another vehicle’s driver’s fault. Then your case will be treated like a regular car accident. This means that the person’s insurance policy and the severity of the case determines how much payment you are liable to for your damages.
If both, the Uber Driver as well as the other driver are responsible for the accident. Then the coverage of the injury and the losses is covered by the ridesharing company, as well as both the drivers.
Uber or Lyft Accident | Attorney Javier Marcos
In case you are in an Uber or Lyft accident, the first thing to do is to gather as many details as you can about the incidents. Afterwards, hire a good car accident attorney that will help you understand your case better. And help you through the following necessary steps that need to be taken.
Attorney Javier Marcos can help with an Uber or Lyft accident. Call our office 24 hrs at 713.999.4444 consultation is always free. In our office, we all speak Spanish, the attorney speaks Spanish. We also go to you wherever you are.