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Liability for passenger injuries in a rideshare accident

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Navigating the aftermath of a rideshare accident involving passenger injuries raises questions about liability. Passengers injured during rideshare trips are generally protected, but various factors determine liability.

The liable party typically pays accident-related expenses for injured passengers, such as medical costs, lost wages and property damage.

Driver status

A rideshare driver’s status directly impacts liability in an accident. When actively engaged in rideshare services, the company’s insurance typically covers damages. Rideshare companies usually provide insurance during trips, but if the driver is awaiting a ride, there may not be full coverage.

If the driver’s personal insurance is unaware of their rideshare involvement, coverage gaps may arise. Rideshare drivers should inform their insurance company about these activities and consider purchasing additional coverage.

Responsibility of rideshare companies

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have a duty to ensure passenger safety. They are responsible for conducting background checks on drivers, maintaining vehicle safety standards and implementing safety measures within their platforms.

Driver liability

Drivers play a significant role in passenger safety. If a rideshare driver is negligent, reckless or in violation of traffic laws, they may be responsible for injuries sustained by passengers. This includes situations where the driver causes the accident or fails to uphold their duty of care.

Third-party negligence

Liability may extend beyond the rideshare driver to third parties. If another motorist’s negligence contributes to the accident and causes harm to the rideshare passenger, that third party may be liable.

Vicarious liability

Rideshare companies can be vicariously liable for their drivers’ actions while operating within the scope of employment. If a rideshare driver causes an accident during a trip, the company may share liability based on the driver’s relationship as an agent of the company.

Passenger’s role

Passengers injured in rideshare accidents also bear a responsibility to ensure their safety. Following safety guidelines, wearing seat belts and alerting the driver to any concerns during the ride contribute to a safer transportation experience.

Documentation and evidence

Injured passengers should document the scene, gather witness statements, take photographs and seek medical attention promptly. This evidence can play a vital role in establishing liability.

There may be multiple liable parties

Every accident is different, and an investigation will determine fault. The responsible party or parties are liable for paying compensation.