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Rideshare Accidents

The evolution of transportation has brought the convenience of rideshare services to our fingertips. With this innovation comes a new realm of complexities in the event of accidents. Unlike traditional car collisions, rideshare accidents combine personal and commercial insurances. These situations can raise questions about liability and coverage, making the road to recovery even more difficult. Whether you’re a passenger, driver, or an uninvolved third-party affected by a rideshare collision, the expert legal counselors at SWLA Injury Attorneys can help to secure the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Pursuing Your Rights From Passenger To Plaintiff

When accidents happen, rideshare passengers often find themselves in unfamiliar territory – caught between the rideshare service and insurance providers. It is important passengers know that your rights don’t vanish the moment you enter a rideshare vehicle. With knowledgeable and experienced legal support, you can confidently navigate the complexities of your claim. Whether it’s challenging unfair liability claims, understanding policy intricacies, or advocating for deserved compensation, SWLA Injury Attorneys is here to ensure your rights are upheld in the event of a rideshare accident.

How Can We Help You?

After a rideshare accident, victims can face a myriad of legal challenges when seeking financial compensation for their injuries. This is where SWLA Injury Attorneys step in, offering top legal expertise, a guiding hand, and unwavering support. Our seasoned team of local personal injury attorneys will investigate every detail of your case to fully understand the circumstances surrounding your injuries. With SWLA Injury Attorneys at your side, you’re not just seeking compensation – you’re reclaiming peace of mind.

Navigating Rideshare Wrecks With Precision

Rideshare accidents have created layers of legal intricacies that can be challenging to decode. From multiple insurance policies to distinct liability clauses, every detail of your case matters. At SWLA Injury Attorneys, our expertise lies in unraveling these complexities and cutting through the confusion. We tackle rideshare accidents with an unmatched precision, ensuring that every avenue is explored, and every right is protected. Have you or someone you know been injured in a rideshare accident? Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and take the first step toward seeking justice.

Rideshare Accident

Who is liable in a rideshare accident?
In a rideshare accident, liability can be a complex issue that may involve multiple parties. If the rideshare driver is at fault for the accident, their personal insurance would likely be the primary source of compensation. However, major rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft also carry liability insurance policies that can come into play if the driver’s personal insurance doesn’t cover all the damages or if it’s found to be insufficient. If another driver caused the accident, then that driver’s insurance would be the primary source of compensation. Determining fault often requires a thorough investigation of the accident circumstances.
If I'm a rideshare passenger and get injured, can I file a claim against both the rideshare driver and the other driver involved?
Yes, if you’re a passenger in a rideshare vehicle and get injured in an accident, you have the right to file a claim against any party that might have been at fault. This can include the rideshare driver, the other driver involved, or even both, depending on the circumstances of the accident. It’s essential to determine who was at fault or if multiple parties share the blame. By filing claims against all responsible parties, you maximize your chances of obtaining full compensation for your injuries and other damages.
What should I do immediately after being involved in a rideshare accident?

As with any vehicle accident, your safety and health should be the top priority. Check for injuries and always seek medical attention, even if injuries appear minor – some symptoms may manifest later. Contact the police to report the accident, and ensure an official report is made.

Document the scene by taking photos of the vehicles, injuries, and surrounding areas. Gather information from all involved parties, including names, contact details, insurance information, and the rideshare driver’s details. Also, collect contact information from any witnesses. Report the accident to the rideshare company through their app or contact support.
It’s crucial to avoid discussing anything or signing any documents without consulting an attorney, especially on social media. These exchanges can be used to minimize your claim in court. Finally, contact the SWLA Injury Attorneys to help you navigate your claim and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

If the rideshare driver is found to be at fault, will the rideshare company's insurance cover my medical expenses and damages?

Yes, if the rideshare driver is determined to be at fault, the rideshare company’s insurance typically covers the medical expenses and damages sustained by passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft carry significant liability insurance policies that kick in under certain conditions. However, coverage can vary based on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. If the rideshare driver was logged into the app and had accepted a ride or had a passenger in the vehicle, the company’s insurance generally provides more substantial coverage. If the driver was merely logged into the app without a passenger or en-route to pick one up, there might be limited coverage.

It’s important to understand these distinctions, and to work with a knowledgeable attorney that can navigate the complexities and ensure that all applicable insurance coverages are accessed to cover your expenses and damages.

Can I file a lawsuit directly against the rideshare company, like Uber or Lyft, if I'm injured in an accident caused by one of their drivers?

Filing a lawsuit directly against a rideshare company can be challenging due to the way these companies classify their drivers. Uber and Lyft categorize their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, which is used by these companies to limit direct liability for accidents caused by their drivers. However, both Uber and Lyft carry large insurance policies to cover passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians in case of accidents involving their drivers.

While it’s more common to pursue a claim against these insurance policies, there are certain situations where the rideshare company might be held directly accountable, especially if there’s evidence of company negligence, like poor driver vetting. Given the complexities of these cases, it’s essential to consult with a local attorney at SWLA Injury Attorneys that’s experienced in rideshare accidents to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

How does the process differ when pursuing a claim from a rideshare accident compared to a regular car accident?

When pursuing a rideshare accident claim, the process can be more complicated when compared to a regular car accident because of multiple insurance policies and the unique business models of rideshare companies.

In a typical car accident, you may only deal with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, in a rideshare accident, both the personal insurance of the rideshare driver and the insurance provided by the rideshare company (like Uber or Lyft) come into play. This layered insurance coverage can add complexity to the claims process. This is why it’s crucial to understand which insurance policy is in effect at the time of the accident. Given these complexities, we strongly recommend that you consult with a local attorney that’s well-versed in rideshare-related accidents to guide you through the claims process.