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How are Rideshare Accidents Handled?

In car accident litigation, one of the newer and most complex matters that can arise is accidents involving rideshare vehicles. These types of situations bring up several questions, such as:

  • What causes these accidents?
  • Is the company or driver responsible?

Unfortunately, these questions are not easily answered, and they always vary on a case-by-case basis. However, it’s important to recognize the ways that these cases are handled so if you’re ever in this situation, you can better understand what comes next in your pursuit of justice.

Determining Cause of a Rideshare Accident

In a rideshare accident, there are multiple factors that go into determining cause. However, two of the most common causes of accidents in these types of vehicles include distracted driving and unexpected stops or illegal U-turns.

  • Rideshare drivers are pinged on their cell phone when a new ride becomes available and the response to accept or deny the passenger is manual, taking the driver’s hand and focus off the road, creating serious distractions.
  • Rideshare drivers may be unaware of the location where they are picking up a passenger and they can stop unexpectedly or U-turn illegally to pick up their rider, creating a potential hazard in the road.

Who Is Responsible for Damages In a Rideshare Accident?

In accident cases involving rideshare vehicles, many people are unsure if they take legal action against the driver or the company. The circumstances vary depending on the actual cause of the accident. For instance, if the driver is acting negligent before picking up a passenger, the driver is the one responsible for the crash.

In some situations, if the company knowingly sent a notification to the driver that caused a distraction, the company may be considered liable. However, insurance coverage can also come into play when a driver actually has a passenger, as it may fall on the company’s liability policy.

At Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C., we understand the complex legal matters concerning rideshare accidents. With our Colorado Springs car accident attorneys on your side, you can understand your potential options if you’ve been injured in this type of accident. Let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (719) 249-6240.