Frequently Asked Uber, Lyft & Rideshare Accident Questions
Rideshare programs offer us a way to conveniently get around town. Just like other drivers, however, they can sometimes get involved in an accident. As a passenger, you may be unsure what your rights are. Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., has worked with clients throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. We can examine your case and provide you with proper guidance. Below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. To learn more about your options, call our office at 703-962-1829 or fill out our contact form.
Q: Are Uber and Lyft drivers required to have insurance?
A: Yes. Both companies require their drivers to insurance that meets the minimum coverage. In addition to that, each company offers additional insurance that protects users. From the second you accept your ride to the moment you exit the vehicle, you are protected.
Q: Can I sue the rideshare company if I was in the car when the accident happened?
A: Generally speaking, it would be extremely difficult. Since a driver is considered an independent contractor, the company they work for is not liable for any negligence they have caused. Instead, you can hold the at-fault driver and their insurance company liable.
Q: Can I be banned from the app if I make a claim against them?
A: If you bring a valid claim against the company, you will not be penalized. Rideshare companies want to make sure riders are safe. If you’re involved in an accident, they will want to see it resolved.
Q: What makes the rules of the road different for rideshare drivers?
A: While most of us face distractions while driving, rideshare drivers face a unique set of problems. They often are unsure of the area they are in, which can lead to needless mistakes. They also are listening to and watching their phone for necessary updates. Regardless, they have a duty to drive safely.