Rideshare accidents can be complex, especially when it comes to matters involving liability and determining who is responsible for paying out compensation. Is it the driver who is considered liable, or is the company responsible for the accident?
The fact is, there are specific circumstances involved that impacts the way these cases are handled. It’s imperative to understand the differing factors to know who you’re taking legal action against.
The driver is responsible in many situations when they act in a way that is considered negligent. For instance, like in any accident, if the driver is intoxicated while operating his or her vehicle, they are considered negligent and responsible for any damages they cause.
Also, any distractions or driving recklessly would make the driver responsible if a crash occurs. Speeding, disobeying traffic laws, and swerving in and out of traffic can be actions linked back to the actions of the driver. If the driver has a passenger, though, the coverage might come down to the company’s liability policy.
The company may be responsible in multiple situations, but it can be more difficult to prove. For instance, if the company knowingly sends a new passenger notification to the driver while they are driving, it could be considered a cause of a distraction.
Also, if the company fails to properly perform a background check on a driver and the driver causes a significant collision, they company may be responsible. The driver must meet requirements to become a driver for Uber or Lyft, and if the company doesn’t ensure the standards are met, they’ll be at fault.
At The Daspit Law Firm, our Houston car accident lawyers recognize how these types of cases are handled. We work hard on our clients’ behalves because they need and deserve compensation for the damages they have sustained. We’re ready to help.
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