What makes ridesharing accidents so complicated?
On the surface, accidents involving drivers who work for Uber, Lyft, Carma or other ridesharing services might seem straightforward. They’re simply another driver on the road who caused your crash. Different rules and regulations apply to ridesharing drivers, however, especially when it comes to car accidents.
First and foremost, insurance companies will want to know whether or not the ridesharing driver was on duty at the time of the accident. This will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Was there a passenger in the ridesharing vehicle at the time of the crash?
- Did the ridesharing driver have the app on at the time of the crash?
- Was the ridesharing driver on their way to pick up a passenger?
If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the ridesharing driver was on duty. As a result, your car accident will be handled differently because ridesharing drivers have different car insurance to handle accidents when they’re on the job. The ridesharing company may also be partially responsible for compensating you under certain circumstances.
How did your ridesharing accident happen?
Like many other car accidents, ridesharing accidents often occur due to driver error or negligence.
Some of the most common causes include:
Whatever the cause of your ridesharing accident, it’s important to take strong legal action right away. Otherwise, you could miss out on your opportunity to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve for your accident-related expenses.
How can a California ridesharing accident lawyer help?
Even if a ridesharing driver clearly caused your accident, that does not mean you will be automatically compensated for your crash. Often, it’s common to encounter problems when dealing with car accidents and ridesharing drivers. Issues you may encounter include:
- Ridesharing driver denies doing anything wrong
- Ridesharing driver blames you for causing the crash
- Ridesharing driver claims ridesharing company is responsible for paying you
- Ridesharing company refuses to cooperate with you
- Ridesharing driver’s insurance company denies your claim
Whatever legal issue you encounter, no matter how complicated or straightforward it might seem, you can count on Clancy & Diaz, LLP to be there for you, defending your rights. We know how to investigate accidents. We know how to analyze accident reports. We frequently consult with experts. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. If they refuse to cooperate, we’re prepared to take them to court on your behalf.
Put your trust in us after your ridesharing accident. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with an East Bay ridesharing accident attorney who will go the distance for you. We can meet with you at our offices in Walnut Creek or Antioch, or we can come to you.