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Who is liable for a rideshare accident?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2021 | Car Accidents |

When a rideshare accident happens, many assume the “gig economy” worker is responsible. That may or may not be accurate, depending on the specific circumstances. Legal liabilities point in the direction of a negligent person, and negligence becomes the element a Florida personal injury suit revolves around. And that includes cases involving rideshare trips.

Negligence and rideshare accidents

When a rideshare driver chooses to violate traffic laws to drop someone off in order to move to another fare, the driver could be liable for any resulting accident. Carelessly operating the vehicle reflects negligent behavior, and so might distracted or fatigued driving.

However, another driver may strike the rideshare car, even though the gig worker did nothing wrong. In such a scenario, both the rideshare driver and the passenger may have a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Of course, both the rideshare driver and another driver could be liable for injuries. Both parties could do something that causes an avoidable accident. Even bicyclists or pedestrians might contribute to an accident. Ultimately, all parties whose negligent behavior led to an accident may face civil consequences.

Other negligent actors in a car accident

Intoxicated passengers could cause auto accidents, meaning the rideshare driver and other victims could sue the traveler. The vehicle’s manufacturer might be negligent for a product defect, and so might a mechanic. And yes, negligence claims may go in the direction of the rideshare company. Injured

victims may seek compensation through the rideshare company’s insurance policies, the ones covering the driver and the enterprise. Other parties may carry insurance policies appropriate for the liability claims they face. A settlement may cover the losses a personal injury victim faces.

A lawsuit may still commence, as some accidents leave victims with catastrophic losses. Therefore, they might explore a settlement or judgment beyond insurance policy limits.