Over the past two years, a few different studies have indicated that ride-sharing
services, such as Uber and Lyft, rapidly gained in popularity, devastating
taxi companies by taking a huge chunk of their market. With the widespread
use of this service, however, the potential for being involved in a ride-share
accident has also increased. What does this mean for individuals who are
involved in such accidents and who is liable for the damages sustained?
If your Uber driver is hit by another vehicle while they are transporting
you, the at-fault driver would be liable for any damages. If your Uber
driver is at fault, however, Uber’s commercial vehicle insurance
policy for pay for the damages sustained, rather than the Uber driver’s
personal insurance. As is the case for taxi drivers in the state of California,
Uber’s insurance policy covers up to $1,000,000 for accidents that
occur while a trip is in progress. California also has a minimum bodily
damage insurance coverage limit set at $15,000. Uber’s policy covers
up to $50,000 per person.
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver who is not transporting
passengers, it is less straightforward. Since Uber does not hire drivers,
but rather connects individuals with independent contractors, Uber may
deny liability regarding the actions of their drivers when they are in
between fares, as they have done in the past. If you are the victim of
such an accident, you may either sue Uber, or the Uber driver’s
personal insurance company for compensation. Going up against either,
of course, will require skilled legal representation.
At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys will explore
every aspect of your case to ensure you recover the full level of compensation
to which you are entitled. We have been fighting for the rights of car
accident victims since 1977 and have recovered more than half a billion
dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
We offer free consultations. Call us today at (310) 896-4345.