Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft can be a great alternative to driving, and for drivers, it can be a perfect way to earn extra cash. But who precisely is liable when the driver is involved in an accident? The law isn’t clear on this question as liability is determined on a case-by-case basis. If you’re injured in a crash with an Uber or Lyft vehicle or as a passenger paying for a ride, our Rhode Island ridesharing accident lawyers will take the time and care to understand your injuries and get the best results for you.
Uber and Lyfts are not taxis and are not legally considered taxi services. Therefore Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services have different liability policies than a traditional taxi service. Ridesharing companies are not considered taxi or private transportation companies but software companies. Ridesharing companies maintain accountability for drivers using the apps by providing insurance coverage depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Personal insurance is required to be a rideshare driver with Lyft and Uber. In addition, Uber and Lyft both provide liability insurance to cover their drivers who cause accidents. For a driver who is logged into the app, but not engaged in a prearranged ride, the driver must have liability insurance in amounts of $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage. If the driver is engaged in a prearranged ride, the vehicle must be covered by a liability insurance policy limits of $1,500,000 covering death, bodily injury and property damage.
Contact Dana & Dana about Rideshare Accident Cases
Dana & Dana Attorneys at Law have a knowledgeable staff of expert attorneys with over 25 years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. They can help you collect evidence, dealt-fault at fault parties and fight so that you get the maximum compensation for your damages and losses.
It is possible to recover the money you need after a rideshare accident, but only if you file a lawsuit on time. Contact Dana & Dana today to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.