How Do Rideshare Accident Lawsuits Work in California?

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the transportation industry. It’s easier than ever to get a ride to where you need to go, and rideshare companies are the reason. As much as we all like rideshare services in general, there are some issues that ridesharing presents.

For starters, you are placing your life in a stranger’s hands every time you choose to get a ride from a Lyft or Uber driver. In general, these transportation services are likely safe enough, but not always. Sometimes, people are hurt in vehicle accidents involving a rideshare driver. If you are hurt, who do you submit a lawsuit against in California?

When the Rideshare Driver Is Responsible

In most cases, you will likely submit your rideshare accident claim against the person who caused the accident. If that person was the driver of an Uber or Lyft, then you will submit your claim against them. If a different person or party caused your rideshare accident, you would sue that person or party.

For instance, if you were riding in an Uber when the engine blew up and caused an accident, you might want to look into suing the manufacturer of the vehicle or a mechanic who recently worked on the car.

When Is the Rideshare Company Liable?

The rideshare company is not liable for every accident involving one of their drivers. They won’t be liable for an accident that was not caused by their drivers, of course. In addition, if their driver did cause the accident, it will be the at-fault driver who is held liable for their actions in most cases. However, there are a few occasions when Uber or Lyft could be liable.

First, Uber and Lyft do have to follow the law, or they could be liable for an accident. If they broke the law, you could sue them if their actions resulted in your injuries.

For example, if they partnered with a driver who had a poor driving history or wasn’t carrying insurance, you might be able to sue the rideshare company. That’s because there are laws that state rideshare companies must perform background checks and they must make certain that their drivers are insured.

Secondly, Uber and Lyft could be required to provide insurance coverage if your injuries leave you with damages that are more than the driver’s insurance coverage will pay. Uber and Lyft both carry insurance coverage that could act as secondary coverage.

Speak to a Rideshare Accident Attorney

When you’ve been hurt in a rideshare accident with Uber, Lyft, or another company, you want to receive financial compensation to pay for everything you’ve been through. Figuring out who to file your claim against is not always easy, which is why many people partner with a rideshare accident attorney.

Your lawyer can assist you with your claim or lawsuit. They will make every effort to see that your case is successful and you receive the financial compensation you’re entitled to. Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP through the web submission form below, or call 213-632-5647 to reach our office. Get your free case review now.