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Rideshare accident issues

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

Rideshare drivers provide a helpful service to those seeking less costly alternatives to taxis. The drivers likely appreciate the chance to earn a living or supplemental income, but they must prioritize safety when transporting passengers on Georgia roads. When a driver does something negligently, an accident may result. Any person hurt in a rideshare accident could file a lawsuit against all parties involved.

Rideshare drivers

Rideshare drivers may rely exclusively on a GPS when venturing into unfamiliar neighborhoods or traveling hazardous routes. Such issues might lead to distractions that cause accidents. Sometimes, a driver might want to maximize their number of paid rides, prompting them to speed. Committing moving violations also opens doors to negligence claims if an accident occurs.

Rideshare drivers could be under a lot of stress, resulting in aggressive driving—weaving in and out of lanes with people at risk, creating more potential hazards. Ultimately, if the rideshare driver’s behaviors cause harm to passengers or other drivers, the driver may face a lawsuit.

Rideshare companies typically provide liability coverage for their workers, although the amount might vary depending on whether the drivers are waiting for a ping or already accepted one. Be aware drivers may also carry a valid insurance policy that covers commercial activities.

Other parties

Although someone might suffer harm in a rideshare accident, the rideshare driver may not be the negligent party. In fact, the rideshare driver could be the victim. Ultimately, personal injury lawsuits focus on claims made against negligent parties. If another driver caused the accident, the rideshare driver and any passengers might sue that driver.

Distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, and reckless driving may lead to accidents involving rideshare occupants and others. Insurance claims might help the victims receive compensation.

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