Determining liability in a rideshare car accident can be difficult. There are some cases where the driver is liable and in others the liability may not be as clear. The process of determining exactly who’s responsible will often require the help of an experienced litigation attorney. If you find yourself having injuries resulting from a ridesharing car accident it’s a great idea to contact a lawyer as soon as you possibly can.

Liability in any car accident is determined by negligence. If only one driver is negligent they are responsible for the injuries of the other driver and passengers. Proving fault in a rideshare car accident is not as easy as it seems. If you’re involved in an Uber, Lyft, or similar car accident:

  1. The driver was legally obligated to avoid “foreseeable” injury to others (duty of care)
  2. The driver negligently violated their duty
  3. Because of the driver’s actions, you sustained injuries

Uber and Lyft drivers must display “reasonable care” when working. That means that they are required to obey the law, steer clear of avoidable obstacles, and keep an eye out for pedestrians. Uber and Lyft drivers have third party liability coverage and this means they can cover up to $1 million worth of personal injuries and property damage per accident. When the driver’s coverage, which is a requirement of Uber and Lyft, is exhausted, third-party liability coverage handles the rest.

Rideshare companies also offer uninsured motorists coverage. This coverage pays for accidents when the driver is unknown. That’s most likely to occur in a situation like:

  • A hit-and-run car accident
  • accidents when the other driver is unknown or has insufficient insurance
  • The driver doesn’t have enough car insurance to pay for your injuries

In most cases the at-fault driver’s insurance company pays for your damages, but there are exceptions. That’s especially true if multiple parties share liability. If you’re unsure who’s responsible, the Law Office of Tammy Carter can assist you.

The foundation of my law firm is integrity, honesty and compassion. I have over 20 years of experience helping Tucson families who are injured because of the careless and reckless acts of others. I help with serious injuries that require serious representation. I am a vigorous advocate for my clients, protect their rights and give them a voice in the court room. Call Tammy Carter Law 24/7/365 at 520-333-7737.