UBER & LYFT ACCIDENTS
Since ridesharing’s meteoric rise in popularity, California has continued to lead the nation in ridesharing laws and regulations. It was the first state to legalize ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft back in 2013. The California Public Utilities Commission created a new class of “Transportation Network Companies” that operated separately from taxicabs, and preexisting ride services.
Although this may sound beneficial to riders and ridesharing driver’s alike who have been injured while on the job or in a rideshare vehicle often the question arises of who is responsible for ride-sharing accidents?
RESPONSIBILITY FOR A RIDE SHARING ACCIDENT
In many states outside of California, state law still classifies ridesharing drivers as independent contractors, thus meaning they can only seek claims from the at-fault party and not the overseeing ridesharing company. California’s Labor Commissioner opened the stance to include on the clock drivers for ridesharing applications as employees, and not simply contractors.
This is an important distinction that many other states have not yet made.
Similar to uninsured motorist insurance, if the adverse driver’s private insurance policy does not carry enough monetary coverage, drivers and passengers of rideshare companies are backed by the ride-sharing insurance policy.
UNDERSTANDING RIDE SHARE DRIVER LIABILITY INSURANCE IN CALIFORNIA
As of July 2015, ridesharing companies must have liability insurance which covers the driver and passengers in three periods:
-When they open the
-When they are on their way to pick up a passenger
-When the passenger enters and exits the vehicle
All rideshare drivers and their passengers are permitted to settle through the mandatory liability coverage these applications now carry. All drivers must maintain primary liability insurance with certain minimums. The
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