As the world regains some sense of normalcy in the time of COVID-19, you decide to rely on a convenient ridesharing service to get to a downtown destination and meet friends. You expect a good night of socializing, but what you did not expect was being a passenger in a car involved in a motor vehicle accident. And you sustain an injury.
Now what? Expect a complicated web of unknowns and denials when dealing with matters in the ridesharing industry. In your situation, some type of negligence was involved in this accident. The results for you are pain and significant medical bills. But who is liable for your injuries?
The ridesharing company, both drivers
Many complications surface in a ridesharing accident. For example, a maze of insurance companies may suddenly be involved, including those that provide coverage for the ridesharing driver, ridesharing provider, you as well as the other driver if another vehicle is involved.
Liability remains your main concern as you want to know who will pay for your lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. That responsibility may lie with these players:
- The ridesharing driver: In many cases, drivers of ridesharing vehicles do not have any significant training or qualifications in this role. And the only qualification may be that they own a vehicle.
- The ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and others: These companies often try to shirk responsibility in hopes of fending off any personal injury settlements. Many times, the companies contend that the driver serves as an independent contractor and not an employee.
- The other driver: If the actions of another driver led to the accident, then he or she remains liable. The driver may have ignored traffic rules, drove drunk or subscribed to distracted driving.
If you have been in a ridesharing accident, make sure to follow the basic steps after an accident. That includes contacting authorities, taking pictures of the accident scene, obtaining witness accounts and recording details related to the vehicles. You also must understand that, sometimes, the ridesharing driver does not own the vehicle. You will eventually gain resolution.