Who Is Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?

Uber Accident Scene

Ridesharing has become one of the most popular modes of transportation in recent years, offering convenience, affordability, and reliability to millions of users. Unfortunately, this rise in rideshare usage has also led to an increase in the number of accidents involving these vehicles. In such cases, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible and liable for any damages caused. However, fault typically falls on one of the following parties:

Driver Responsibility

As independent contractors, rideshare drivers are primarily responsible for their conduct and driving performance. If a driver is found negligent or driving under the influence, they may be liable for any damages caused by accident.

Rideshare Companies

The responsibility of the rideshare company depends on whether the driver is an employee or an independent contractor. If the driver was an employee, the company might be held responsible for their actions under vicarious liability. The company is generally not liable for their actions if they were an independent contractor.

Other Drivers

In some cases, another driver involved in the accident may be found responsible if they caused or contributed to it. They would then be held liable for any resulting damages incurred by those involved, including passengers, companies, and drivers.

Contact an Attorney

It is important to note that liability in rideshare accidents can vary greatly depending on state laws and regulations as well as individual circumstances, so it’s always best to consult with legal counsel when filing a claim after being involved in one of these incidents. Here at, Schackow & Mercadante, we understand the challenges rideshare accident victims face and are here to help. Our skilled attorneys can help you determine your rights and options so you can get compensation where due.

Contact us today at (352) 261-6767 or visit us online to get started with your free consultation.

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