Using rideshare apps have proven to be one of the most convenient ways for Californians to get around. These applications can turn your smartphone into a ride-hailing machine. And though some argue that these apps cause safety and employee rights issues, many people in the Inland Empire still use these services. However, there are several drawbacks to the ridesharing trend.
At Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, we see quite a few car accidents every year, but few are as complicated as rideshare accidents. These accidents can leave the injured struggling to find the liable party who is responsible for their compensation. This is where a California rideshare lawyer can help. Here’s what you should know about dealing with a rideshare accident.
Here in California, companies like Uber have been in a legislative fight over employee classifications. For now, rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors. It is this designation that also makes rideshare accident claims difficult to file.
Due to their drivers being independent contractors, rideshare companies only have to insure drivers and passengers for certain time periods. If an accident happens outside of these time periods, the rideshare driver's insurance may be liable for the damage. But not every auto insurance policy covers damages that happen during rideshare accidents. The driver must have specialized rideshare accident insurance if they want coverage at all times while working. This can create dead spots in coverage.
Rideshare company insurance usually has four levels of coverage:
As you can see, getting compensation for a car accident with a rideshare vehicle is complex. If your crash happens outside the rideshare company's windows of coverage, you could be facing a claim with the driver's insurance. If they do not have the proper coverage, you may have to file an uninsured/underinsured claim with your own insurance. Worse yet, at every level of this process you will have to deal with an insurance company that is always going to try to settle your claim on the bottom dollar. All of these reasons are why you need the help of a car accident attorney.
Our experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for the collision. Afterward, we can help you file claims with the correct parties and help you negotiate a fair settlement. Do not face these issues alone. Give us a call at (909) 326-2769 and schedule a free consultation today.