Rideshare apps are increasingly prevalent, and many people appreciate the convenience of engaging rideshare drivers rather than driving their personal vehicles or using public transportation. Rideshare drivers, like any other motorists, must exercise due care when they are driving, and when they fail to drive safely, it often results in an accident. Additionally, even rideshare drivers who operate their vehicles safely may be struck by other motorists who are negligent. Regardless of the cause of the accident, anyone injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle should speak to an attorney. The San Mateo rideshare accident lawyers at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP can assist you in striving to hold the responsible party accountable. We will work tirelessly to help you recover any damages that you may be owed.Responsibility for Damages Caused by Rideshare Accidents
Although rideshare drivers drive other people to and from places for a living, they typically do not undergo any greater training than other drivers. Instead, a person can work as a driver for a rideshare company if he or she passes a criminal background and driving record check, has a valid driver’s license for the minimum amount of time specified, and meets the requirements regarding age, vehicle status, and insurance. Drivers who work for rideshare companies, however, must adhere to the California Vehicle Code and must drive in a safe and responsible manner, like all other drivers.
While rideshare drivers offer services on behalf of rideshare companies, in most cases, they are not employed by these companies but instead operate as general contractors. This means that in most instances in which a driver for a rideshare company is involved in a collision, the rideshare company will not be held vicariously liable for any harm caused by the collision. In many cases, though, a rideshare company’s insurance carrier may provide coverage for the damages that arise due to the accident if the accident occurred while the driver was working for the company. A rideshare accident attorney at our San Mateo firm can help a victim bring a claim against the insurance policy. Generally, the amount of coverage available depends on whether the accident occurred during, before, or after a trip. If the accident occurred while the rideshare driver was not driving for the rideshare company, however, his or her personal insurance would apply.Proving Liability for a Rideshare Accident
Lawsuits arising out of rideshare accidents are similar to those arising out of other car accidents, in that usually the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant was negligent to establish liability. Thus, the plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant had a duty to act with reasonable care, but the defendant breached the duty. For example, if a driver caused an accident by driving too fast for conditions or turning without adequate clearance, this may constitute a breach of the standard of care. The plaintiff must also show that the breach caused the plaintiff’s harm. While the breach does not need to be the sole cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, it must be a substantial factor in bringing about the accident. A San Mateo rideshare accident attorney who successfully establishes liability may be able to obtain many forms of damages for an injured victim. These may include damages for the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and out of pocket expenses, and for the pain, suffering, and anguish caused by the accident.Talk to a Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Rideshare apps allow many people to travel without worrying about driving, but as the number of rideshare drivers on the road increases, so does the rate of rideshare collisions. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, it is advisable to talk to an attorney regarding the compensation that you may be able to recover from the party responsible for your harm. At Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP, our personal injury attorneys are adept at handling lawsuits arising out of rideshare accidents. We have over 75 years of collective experience representing people in personal injury cases in the San Francisco Bay Area. We can be contacted via our form online or at (650) 345-8484 to set up a consultation with a rideshare accident lawyer in San Mateo.