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Rideshare Companies and Liability In Car Accidents

Rideshare Companies and Liability In Car Accidents

Atlanta Injury Blog > 2019 > June > Rideshare Companies and Liability In Car Accidents

Large metro areas continue to see the rise of rideshare programs. From vehicles to bicycles to scooters, rideshare companies have an ever-growing presence on our roads. Unfortunately, they’re still relatively new and the more they grow, the more problems that can arise.

Accidents involving these rideshare vehicles, companies, and employees brings up the potential issues concerning liability and who is truly responsible when a collision occurs. As such, it is a complicated area of law that requires a unique skillset to navigate.

There are also countless ways in which rideshare accidents can occur, so it is important to remain aware in the vehicle so you can help recognize where liability may lie and who may be at fault for any damages you may sustain as a result.

When Is the Company Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?

Companies like Uber and Lyft often try to escape liability by putting much of the blame on the actual driver. However, it is not a cut-and-dry situation, and there are many factors to consider that can increase the company’s contribution to a crash, therefore increasing their liability.

For instance, consider this: How does a rideshare driver determine who their customers are and who they are set to pick up next?

When a new rider becomes available, the driver gets a ping to their phone and are given the option to accept the customer or to pass on the customer. Unfortunately, they often need to accept before it is given to another driver and the urge to make more money means manually accepting the job.

Thus causes the distraction.

Drivers are often looking to what’s next, but because the company creates the distraction and encourages a quick (and manual reaction), which can take the driver’s eyes off the road, presenting a potential hazard to the driver, passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.

But is this enough to show that the company in any way contributed to a crash? This is where it takes knowledge of these situations to understand whether or not the ping caused a distraction and the distraction caused an accident.

When Is the Driver Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?

Much like any other kind of accident, drivers are typically liable in accidents in which they act in a negligent manner. With regards to rideshare accidents, there may also be some discussion of whether the driver lied about a clean driving record to become a driver for the company.

However, much of the acts involving rideshare accidents and driver liability falls on various reckless actions, including the following:

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failing to follow traffic laws

When a driver acts in a manner that puts others in danger, they are considered responsible for their actions. It is also important to discover if there was any additional negligence involved that may be attributed to the company or another factor.

When Is a Third-Party Considered Responsible?

While not always the case, there may be some situations in which additional parties may be considered liable in a case involving a rideshare vehicle. Like other car accidents, there’s the potential for manufacturers to be held accountable for the crash should a defect be the cause.

Auto defect matters can come into play should the parts of a vehicle fail to work properly. Consider a situation in which the brakes fail due to a defect, causing the vehicle to crash into another vehicle or a pedestrian. In this instance, it is the manufacturer who can be held liable.

However, there may be other circumstances involved to complicate matters, such as the need for maintenance. If the driver and owner of the vehicle fail to properly check their vehicle, or provide repairs when they know of a potential issue, they may be considered responsible as well.

What Can Be Done After a Rideshare Accident In Atlanta?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of complexities involved in the legal world when it comes to rideshare vehicles and companies, and their contribution to accidents. There is not much of a history involved in these types of accidents, and it makes it more difficult to litigate for the injured.

However, this does not mean the matters are impossible, and you can still have the right to pursue compensation if you’ve been involved in an accident involving one of these vehicles. You can still work with an attorney to recognize what negligence may exist, who is responsible, and your rights to move forward.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, it’s imperative to recognize your legal options. At Kalka & Baer, we’re here to help you understand the ways in which liability works in these types of cases and help you pursue the compensation you need.

Whether liability falls on the company itself, the driver of the vehicle, or another party, our Atlanta rideshare accident lawyers will work with you to gather the necessary evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. Trust that we have the experience and knowledge to navigate these matters in a confident and compelling manner.

To discuss your potential case with our team, we encourage you to call our firm at (404) 907-1594 and speak with our lawyers about your rights. We offer free consultations so you know what to expect every step of the way.

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