Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have made our lives easier by providing convenient transportation options at the tap of a button. However, accidents involving ridesharing drivers are becoming increasingly common. If you've been involved in an accident with a ridesharing driver, you may wonder who you can sue for damages. In this blog post, we'll dive into the legal options available to you and help you understand who can be held liable in a ridesharing accident.
#1: The Ridesharing Driver
The first person you may consider suing is the ridesharing driver themselves. Like any other driver, ridesharing drivers have a duty of care to drive safely and responsibly. They can be liable for damages if they breach that duty and cause an accident. However, it's important to note that ridesharing drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees, of the ridesharing company. This means there may be limits to the insurance coverage available through the driver's personal insurance policy.
#2: The Ridesharing Company
Another option for legal action is to sue the ridesharing company itself. Ridesharing companies must carry insurance coverage for their drivers while actively working on the app, which means the company may be held responsible for damages in certain situations. However, there are a few factors to consider when suing a ridesharing company. For example, the company may argue that it is not responsible for the actions of its drivers because they are considered independent contractors, not employees. It's important to consult a skilled attorney to determine whether suing the ridesharing company is viable for your specific case.
#3: Other Parties Involved
In some cases, there may be other parties involved in the accident that may be held liable for damages. For example, if a defective auto part caused the accident, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of that part. If the road conditions were hazardous and contributed to the accident, you may be able to sue the city or municipality responsible for maintaining the road. It's essential to thoroughly investigate all factors surrounding the accident to determine whether any other parties may be held liable.
#4: Insurance Companies
In addition to the parties directly involved in the accident, your insurance company may also play a role in determining who can be sued for damages. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, your insurance company may be obligated to cover the damages you sustained in the accident. Your insurance company may then take legal action against the responsible parties to recover the amount they paid out in damages.
Car Accident Lawyers in Gainesville
Being involved in a ridesharing accident can be a daunting experience, but understanding your legal options is crucial. The team at Schackow & Mercadante is here to help you navigate this challenging time. Contact us today at (352) 261-6767 for a free consultation, and let us fight for your rights.