Car Accidents Involving Rideshare Services: Legal Rights

Car accidents involving rideshare services like Uber and Lyft can be legally complex and challenging, with several factors to consider, whether you were a passenger in a rideshare, or got hit by a rideshare driver.

What are the key points regarding your legal rights?

  • Liability determination—Liability for the accident will need to be determined, and how that is accomplished can vary by state. In Ohio, liability is determined based on the state’s comparative negligence system. This means that fault for the accident can be shared among multiple parties, and each party’s compensation may be reduced based on their degree of fault.
  • Insurance coverage—Both Uber and Lyft provide insurance coverage for their drivers and passengers, but the coverage varies depending on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. If the driver was not logged into the app or on a trip, their personal insurance would apply. If they were logged in but not yet on a trip, both rideshare companies provide limited liability coverage. Once a trip is accepted and during the trip, both companies provide higher coverage limits.
  • Passenger rights—If you are a passenger injured in a rideshare accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for those injuries. You can typically file a claim with the rideshare company’s insurance, or pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, or both.
  • Driver rights—If you are a rideshare driver involved in an accident, you have similar rights to passengers. You can seek compensation from the rideshare company’s insurance, or pursue a claim against the at-fault party. 

What should you consider if you’re involved in a rideshare accident?

  • Seeking legal advice—It’s advisable for anyone involved in a rideshare accident to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you navigate the complex insurance claims process, determine liability, and ensure you, as the injured party, receive fair compensation for your damages.
  • Statute of limitations—Statute of limitations for personal injury claims vary depending on the state in which the accident happens. In Ohio, the statute of limitations for most personal injury injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. It’s important to be aware of this time limit, and take prompt action if you are considering legal recourse.
  • Documentation and evidence—Gathering evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, medical records, and photographs of the accident scene and injuries, can be crucial in building a strong case for compensation.
  • State laws and regulations—Laws and regulations regarding rideshare services can vary, not just by state but by locality. It’s essential to consult with an attorney who understands the specific laws and regulations that apply to the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. 

If you are involved in a car accident involving a rideshare service, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney can help protect those rights and navigate the legal process effectively. 

If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident involving a rideshare service, contact the attorneys at LaSalvia Law. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.

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