Who is liable for a rideshare accident?

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in recent years. However, there are still open questions about liability when rideshare drivers get into accidents.

With so many parties involved in the process, you might wonder how to tell who is liable and who you should hold accountable.

The rideshare driver

If a rideshare driver causes an accident due to their own negligence, such as speeding or distracted driving, they might be personally liable. The rideshare company’s insurance may not cover damages in the event of an at-fault accident in this case.

The rideshare company

Rideshare companies can sometimes share liability depending on the circumstances. For example, if a driver was improperly screened or lacked proper training, the company may share fault for any resulting accidents. Rideshare companies may also be liable if the accident occurred while the driver was en route to pick up a passenger.

Other drivers

If another driver strikes your rideshare vehicle, that driver and their insurance would be liable for any damages. The injured rideshare passenger could file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

Research shows that 36% of American adults have used ridesharing services at least once. With such a prevalence of these services, it is beneficial to understand who might be liable for an accident in a rideshare vehicle. Determining liability after a rideshare accident can be complex, with the driver, rideshare company and other motorists potentially sharing responsibility. These are important facts to consider as you determine how to proceed.