The "rideshare revolution" opened doors for travelers to save money on transportation while providing a way for the average driver to make money in the gig economy. Rideshare drivers may spend long hours on the road and might deal with undesirable conditions. Accidents could happen on busy Texas streets, leaving victims seeking compensation from the rideshare company and driver.
The basics of rideshare risks and liabilities
Anytime someone drives a vehicle, the person runs the risk of getting into an accident. The driver may cause the accident or be the victim of one, and the driver could then suffer an injury or property damage. Passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others may get hurt in an accident, as well. The party liable for the accident might then face a lawsuit or insurance claim.
With rideshares, the rideshare company may provide substantial liability coverage to cover losses. However, the rideshare company won't likely face any requirements to pay if the rideshare driver didn't cause the accident.
Other insurance concerns for drivers and passengers
Drivers should find out how the rideshare coverage works. The policy coverage amounts could be quite low when driving around looking for passengers, as the amount won't increase substantially until the passenger enters the vehicle. Drivers might need a commercial auto insurance policy to provide coverage.
Passengers may check with their auto insurance company to see if any coverage extends to a rideshare accident, such as uninsured or underinsured motorist provisions. A driver without a commercial policy may hit someone while going to a pickup, and the coverage limits might be too low to pay for any losses.
Insurance companies may attempt to settle an injury claim for an unreasonably low amount. Effective negotiations could lead to a better outcome, along with a more reasonable settlement.
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