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Victims of Rideshare Accidents Can Seek Financial Compensation Using Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Who Represent Clients in Philadelphia and Across Pennsylvania
Getting into a car accident after using a ridesharing app is often the same as getting into any other motor vehicle wreck. The big differences are (1) who the liable parties may be and (2) what type of factors caused the accident. Whether you were a passenger, a driver, a driver of a non-ridesharing vehicle, or a pedestrian, if you are not at fault for the rideshare accident and you have sustained serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. What you need now is a quality Philadelphia accident lawyer with the experience necessary to handle your case professionally and efficiently.
Contact the Marrone Law Office of Philadelphia for legal advisement on your ridesharing accident case!
Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents in Philadelphia, PA
Rideshare accidents and motor vehicle accidents tend to have similar causes. Certain factors, however, tend to be much more prominent when the accident involves a rideshare vehicle.
The most common causes of Uber accidents and Lyft accidents in Pennsylvania include:
- Distracted driving due to use of smartphone for GPS and the ridesharing app
- Distracted driving due to conversation and interaction with passengers
- Speeding and rushing to get new fares first or to make more money per hour
- Failing to yield right-of-way or failing to stop at a stop sign due to rush to finish or start a fare
- Lack of sleep: Many people use ridesharing apps to make money alongside their normal jobs, but extra hours working can lead to fatigue
Who Can Be Sued Injuries Sustained in Philadelphia Rideshare Accidents?
If you have suffered a serious injury in a ridesharing accident, you may be able to sue for financial compensation. The first option could be to sue the driver of the rideshare vehicle directly. If the driver was in any way reckless or negligent or acted intentionally malicious, they can potentially be held liable for your injuries.
Another option, although more difficult, could be to sue the rideshare company directly. Usually, you cannot sue these companies directly, as they do not employ their drivers directly and are thus able to avoid liability for poor driver behavior. However, there are ways in which a ridesharing company can be negligent. If the company personnel failed to do proper background checks, for instance, and hired a driver a drug addict who subsequently got into a wreck due to a DUI, the rideshare company could be liable. Additionally, if the company failed to do a proper inspection on the ridesharing vehicle, and the car or truck later had some sort of failure that resulted in an accident, they could also be sued directly.
Rideshare Vehicle Insurance Coverage May Be Used in a Claim After a Pennsylvania Ridesharing Accident
Despite generally avoiding liability in motor vehicle accidents, most rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, provide $1 million liability insurance coverage for drivers and passengers. This insurance coverage only applies if the driver was actively logged onto the ridesharing app and actually transporting a passenger. If a ridesharing driver happens to not be in the middle of handling a fare and collides with another vehicle, Uber and Lyft also provide a $100,000 liability insurance policy for such accidents.
Consult Our Ridesharing Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation About Your Claim
If you have sustained serious injuries in a ridesharing accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver or through the rideshare company directly. The PA personal injury lawyers at the Marrone Law Firm of Philadelphia will dedicate their time to your accident case and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
When you get inside another person’s vehicle, you are putting your well-being in the hands of someone else. If they make negligent decisions, or if the ridesharing company was negligent in ensuring the driver is trustworthy, you can suffer in turn. Don’t let your life get turned upside down by someone else’s irresponsibility. Contact us online or by phone at 215-709-7360 for a free initial consultation regarding your Philadelphia rideshare accident claim.