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Who Is Responsible in Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accidents?

Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are quick-growing businesses that help some individuals make fast cash while creating a convenient and inexpensive way for others to get around. All you need is an app, some money, and a destination. However, things stop being simple when a Lyft or Uber driver is in an accident and they or their passenger becomes injured.

Typically, in a rideshare accident, the driver assumes responsibility. While this may make pursuing compensation seem easy, it often becomes murky. Most rideshare drivers don’t have an insurance policy that can provide satisfactory compensation for an injured party. In addition, Lyft, Uber, and other ridesharing companies have their own lawyers looking to keep the blame--and responsibility-- off their shoulders.

Other Rideshare Incidents

It can get murkier. There are other things that could go wrong when you order a rideshare service.

These incidents can include:

  • Robberies

  • Harassment

  • Sexual assault and rape

  • Driving under the influence

A simple ride can turn into a gray area where an injured party doesn’t know how to get help. Instinct may send you straight to the source, Lyft or Uber. However, insurance policies aside, there are some gray areas in the laws that they try to exploit in order to keep from having to pay out.

Independent Contractor Concerns

A driver for a rideshare app is considered an independent contractor. The companies have gone so far as to say they’re merely an app connecting drivers with riders. Because of this, getting Lyft or Uber to share in the financial burden can be difficult. Insurance claims can take time, be bounced around, or need appeals all while you’re trying to recover from an injury.

Using Uber or Lyft has a lot of benefits. It’s affordable and convenient. It can lead to great stories and unique connections. But just because something is convenient doesn’t mean it comes without a catch. Using a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber can open you up to a myriad of problems that can stem from minor frustrations to life-changing events. Because of this, it is in your best interest to find a lawyer fluent in Rideshare and Insurance laws to help protect you and your interests.

Have you been involved in a rideshare accident? Contact The Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman today at 415-545-8608.

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