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Rideshare Accidents: Understanding Liability and Legal Options

Posted on Jun 2, 2024 in Car Accidents, Uber/Lyft

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become popular transportation options. However, accidents involving rideshare vehicles can be complex for multiple reasons. This blog explores the complexities of rideshare accidents, including determining liability and the steps to take if you're involved in one.

1. Determining Liability in Rideshare Accidents

  • Driver’s Status: Liability can depend on whether the driver was logged into the rideshare app, on their way to pick up a passenger, or actively transporting a passenger at the time of the accident.
  • Insurance Coverage: Rideshare companies provide varying levels of insurance coverage depending on the driver's status during the accident.

2. Steps to Take After a Rideshare Accident

  • Ensure Safety: Move to a safe location and check for injuries.
  • Call 911: Report the accident to the police and seek medical attention if needed.
  • Document the Scene: Take photos, gather witness information, and note details about the accident.
  • Exchange Information: Collect contact and insurance information from the rideshare driver and any other involved parties.

3. Filing a Claim

  • Rideshare Company Insurance: Depending on the driver’s status, you may need to file a claim with the rideshare company’s insurance.
  • Personal Insurance: Your own auto insurance may also play a role in covering damages.

4. Seeking Legal Assistance

Rideshare accidents can involve multiple parties and complex insurance policies. Consulting with a personal injury attorney experienced in rideshare cases can help you navigate the claims process and ensure fair compensation.

Bloom Legal Can Help After Your Rideshare Accidents

Understanding liability and knowing the steps to take after a rideshare accident can help protect your rights and simplify the claims process. Seek legal assistance to navigate the complexities and secure the compensation you deserve.   Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. For personal legal guidance, please consult a qualified attorney.

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