When you are injured in a vehicle accident, the law says the at-fault party should be held liable. In accidents involving two private vehicles, liability is fairly easy to determine—but what if the accident involves a rideshare vehicle where you are the passenger? Rideshare services have been exploding in popularity as Uber, Lyft, and other companies offer a convenient way to get around town. But when an accident occurs involving a rideshare service and another vehicle, it can be difficult to determine who should be held responsible. The driver? The company? The other driver? All parties equally?
At RG Law, PLLC, we are highly experienced with the intricacies of rideshare accident cases. We know how to navigate the complex process of determining liability and getting the compensation you need for your injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rideshare accident in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia, our attorneys are committed to giving your case the personalized attention it deserves.
Challenges with Rideshare Accidents
While the law entitles you to full compensation by the party responsible for your injuries, accidents involving rideshare vehicles present some unique challenges that usually require a skilled attorney's help to resolve. Let's look at two of the biggest issues.
When you ride in a privately owned vehicle it usually carries its own liability insurance for accidents--so in most cases, the owner or operator of the vehicle is liable to pay your claim. With ridesharing services, the matter is more convoluted, and it can be more difficult to prove liability, let alone collect. For example:
- If the driver wasn't logged into the rideshare app, the company might deny responsibility.
- Rideshare drivers may not carry enough personal liability insurance to cover the damages.
- Your own insurance may have a wavier that protects them from paying for your injuries if you're in a rideshare.
In many cases, multiple parties may be legally liable (e.g., the driver and the rideshare company may share responsibility). In such cases, attorneys may have to file multiple claims, and there may be disagreement among the co-defendants and their insurance companies as to who pays what. This can create long delays in settling the claim.
How We Can Help
At RG Law, we have worked with rideshare companies and their insurance carriers for years, so we have a clear understanding of how they work. We know exactly what it takes to obtain a fair settlement while protecting your interests. We have expertise in negotiating and litigating on multiple fronts, and we work tirelessly to make sure you receive the entire settlement amount you need to become whole.
Personalized Attention from an Attorney Who Cares
Due to the complexities of rideshare injury cases, achieving a successful outcome requires an attorney who will give your case the personalized attention it deserves. At RG Law, we listen, we care, and we have your back.
Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.