Who is responsible for a ride-sharing accident in California?
Ride-sharing services like Uber have revolutionized the way people get around in cities around the world. With the convenience of the app and the widespread availability of drivers, many people rely on Uber for their daily transportation needs.
Determining liability for a ride-sharing accident in California can be a complex process. Liability can depend on various factors, such as the cause of the accident, the driver’s status at the time of the accident, and the insurance coverage in place.
In general, liability for a ride-sharing accident in California can be attributed to the following parties:
The Ride-Sharing Driver: If the ride-sharing driver caused the accident due to negligence, such as reckless driving, distracted driving, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be held liable for the accident.
The Other Driver: If the accident was caused by another driver, that driver can be held liable for the accident. However, if the other driver was not insured or underinsured, the ride-sharing company’s insurance policy may come into play.
The Ride-Sharing Company: Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are responsible for their drivers’ actions and can be held liable for accidents that occur while their drivers are on the job. However, liability for the accident may depend on whether the driver was on or off the clock at the time of the accident.
Insurance Companies: Insurance companies can also be held liable for a ride-sharing accident. California law requires ride-sharing companies to provide insurance coverage for their drivers and passengers, and insurance companies may be responsible for paying out claims related to the accident.
The coverage provided by the company depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. If the driver was off the clock, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy would apply. If the driver was logged into the app and waiting for a ride request, the ride-sharing company’s liability coverage would apply. If the driver was en route to pick up a passenger or had a passenger in the car, the ride-sharing company’s commercial insurance policy would apply.
It’s important to note that in California, ride-sharing companies are required to carry insurance that provides coverage for their drivers and passengers. This insurance typically includes liability coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and personal injury protection. The amount of coverage available will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident.
If you’ve been injured in a ride-sharing accident in California, it’s important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney, like the attorneys at Makkabi Law Group. Our attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.