Determining liability in a ridesharing car accident can be tricky. In some cases, the driver is liable. In others, the blame lies elsewhere. Sorting out exactly who’s responsible often requires the help of an experienced LA car accident lawyer. 


If you have experienced injuries in a ridesharing car accident, it’s best to pursue compensation as soon as possible while you are still eligible. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers for your free initial consultation today. 


In this article, we discuss liability in the case of a ridesharing car accident. Keep reading to learn more about this topic! 

Who Is Liable for Rideshare Car Accidents?

Liability in a rideshare car accident is generally determined by negligence. Suppose only one driver is negligent; in that case, they are responsible for the injuries of the other driver and passengers. 


Unfortunately, proving fault in a rideshare car accident is not as easy as it seems. If you’re involved in an Uber, Lyft, or similar car accident, you and your personal injury lawyer must prove:

  1. The driver was legally obligated to avoid “foreseeable” injury to others (duty of care)

  2. The driver negligently violated their duty

  3. Because of the driver’s actions, you sustained injuries 


Generally, Uber and Lyft drivers must display “reasonable care” when working. That means that they are required to obey the law, steer clear of avoidable obstacles, and keep an eye out for pedestrians. 

When Uber or Lyft Is Responsible

Uber and Lyft have third-party liability coverage, which covers up to $1 million worth of personal injuries and property damage per accident. When the driver’s coverage, which is a requirement of Uber and Lyft, is exhausted, third-party liability coverage handles the rest. 


Rideshare companies also offer uninsured motorists coverage. This coverage pays for accidents when the driver is unknown. That’s most likely to occur in a situation like:

  • A hit-and-run car accident 

  • The driver doesn't have car insurance

  • The driver doesn't have enough car insurance to pay for your injuries

How Does Insurance Work for a Rideshare Car Accident?

In general, the at-fault driver’s insurance company pays for your damages, but there are exceptions. That’s especially true if multiple parties share liability. If you’re unsure who’s responsible, consult with a seasoned LA car accident attorney for assistance that meets your needs. 

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in LA Today

If you need assistance proving who is liable for your ridesharing car accident, then contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today. Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers is here to listen to your side of the story, investigate the car accident, and guide you through the personal injury process. 


If you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident, our personal injury attorneys will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. 


Don’t wait until the statute of limitations on personal injury cases has expired. We’re here to help. Contact us at Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for a free initial consultation. 

Peter Steinberg
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