In recent years, there has been an increased popularity in rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. While these services grant many conveniences, such as to not having to worry about parking, directions, or being physically able to drive, there are complications that can arise if you are in an accident while using one of these services. If your Uber or Lyft driver gets in an accident with you as a passenger and you sustain injuries as a result of that accident, who is responsible and who can be sued as a result?
While it may be tempting to automatically point the finger at the rideshare service, this is sometimes not the case. As with any other kind of automobile injury, it is the at fault driver that is to blame for an accident and it is that driver that is responsible for any injuries sustained. If this is not the Uber or Lyft driver, then it is not that driver, but the other that you can sue in a personal injury case. A case like this would proceed as normal.
If, however, it is the rideshare driver that is at fault, then you may have grounds to sue that driver or the rideshare company. Uber drivers carry a form of special liability insurance for this kind of situation, so while you may want to file the claim against the driver, it is actually the insurance company that you will be going through in order to receive compensation. This can become complicated quickly, so always gather as much information at the scene of the accident as possible to give yourself the best chance of winning a claim.
As with any kind of personal injury case, but these kinds of cases in particular, it is always a good idea to have an attorney on your side who knows the law and can help you through the difficult process of filing and winning a claim. We at the Franco Firm are well versed in personal injury law and would be happy to see your case through as well. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.