What Happens If You'Re Injured While Using A Rideshare Service

Posted on: 14 May 2020

Rideshare services are becoming more popular than ever, which means that you are more likely to be a passenger in one of these vehicles at some point. However, it can lead to some questions about what would happen if you were ever injured in a car accident while you are a passenger. Here is what you need to know about this unique situation.

You Cannot Be Found At Fault

One thing to make clear is that you cannot be found at fault for causing the accident as a passenger. Even though you are the person that initiated the rideshare and decided on the destination that the driver is traveling to, this cannot be used to claim that you hold a percentage of fault for the accident. You are not driving the car at the time, so there is no way for any fault to be placed on yourself. 

You Can Sue The Other Vehicle's Driver If They Are Responsible

If the accident was caused by another vehicle that hit your rideshare vehicle, much of the personal injury case will carry out as if you were the driver of the vehicle. You will need to make a claim with the responsible driver's insurance provider in order to receive compensation. You can use the services of a personal injury lawyer to help you through the process to get you the compensation you deserve

Your Rideshare Service Will Pay For Damages When Your Driver Is Responsible

If your driver was the one that caused the accident, then you can still receive compensation even though your rideshare driver was at fault. In many states, rideshare services are required to have insurance coverage for their customers. The most popular rideshare services have liability coverage up to $1 million for their passengers, which should be enough to cover your injuries. You will not need to go through the driver's personal auto insurance, which will likely not cover the accident while using the vehicle for commercial purposes. 

It Will Be Hard To Find Example Cases Online

Many times your personal injury lawyer will use previous cases to look up home much compensation you can receive in a personal injury case. However, it is very difficult to find these examples when you are injured while using a rideshare service. That is because it is very common for these companies to settle outside of court to keep the settlement amount private. The victim typically signs an agreement that states they are not allowed to disclose how much money they received as part of the settlement. If you have more questions about this topic, reach out to a personal injury law firm such as Carter & Fulton, P.S.