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Carpooling is a practice where multiple individuals, seeking a similar destination, share a ride in a single vehicle. Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, provide apps that connect drivers and passengers for carpooling purposes. When you carpool using a ridesharing service and an accident occurs, it can be difficult to determine which party was negligent and who should be held liable for your accident-related costs.
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    Who Can Be Held Liable for a Ride sharing Accident in a High occupancy vehicle?

    When the passengers in a ridesharing vehicle are involved in an auto accident, identifying which party was negligent is not always clear. In fact, rideshare liability and insurance law can be quite complex. Liability will depend on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the accident, applicable laws, and the insurance coverage of the parties involved.

    Identifying liability for this type of accident can be challenging and overwhelming. A ridesharing accident lawyer can help you during the aftermath of a rideshare accident and determine whether the rideshare driver or another motorist should be held responsible for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages.

    If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, such as a driver that ran a red light and rear-ended the rideshare vehicle, that driver’s insurance company would typically be held liable for the damages.

    If the rideshare driver was at fault for the accident, they could be held liable for the damages. However, both the driver's personal auto insurance policy and the ridesharing service’s insurance coverage may come into play, depending on the specific circumstances and the stage of the rideshare trip.

    Typically, if the rideshare driver was at fault for the collision, their insurance would be held responsible, but if the damages exceed that driver’s insurance policy, the rideshare company’s insurance provider would need to cover the difference.


    How Can an Accident lawyer Investigate a Ridesharing service Car-pooling Accident?

    Determining liability requires a thorough examination of the accident's circumstances, the parties involved, and relevant laws.If you were involved in an auto accident while carpooling in a rideshare vehicle, a rideshare accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys, can take on your case and conduct an in-depth investigation to identify all liable parties.

    The first step is gathering and analyzing evidence.

    This can include:

    • Phone records for all drivers involved
    • Photos of the accident scene, vehicles, and any injuries
    • Video footage
    • Medical records
    • Accident reports
    • Rideshare app data
    • Eyewitness statements, and other documentation

    They will also collect information about the rideshare driver, the passengers involved, and the rideshare company itself.

    Reviewing the insurance policies of every driver will also be important to determine whether the negligent rideshare driver’s policy can cover the cost of your accident-related damages. If not, your attorney will pursue compensation from the ridesharing company itself.


    Can My Lawyer Use the Rideshare app As Evidence?

    Your attorney will obtain important data from the rideshare app, including drop-off and pick-up locations, communication records between the passengers and driver, trip logs, and timestamps. This information can pinpoint the timeline of events, providing insight into the actions of the rideshare driver.


    What Type of Ridesharing Collision Damages Am I Entitled To?

    Depending on the specific facts of the accident, the severity of your injuries, how much time you missed at work, and other variables, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, lost wages from work, personal property damage, and more. Your rideshare attorney will work with experts to assess the value of your claim and ensure you receive compensation that will cover the cost of all accident-related damages.

    Contact Us Today!

    If you were involved in a rideshare carpooling accident, taking legal action right away can ensure you’re able to obtain valuable evidence that can prove the rideshare driver was negligent and their negligence resulted in the car crash, your subsequent injuries, and other damages. At MVP Accident Attorneys, our rideshare accident lawyers offer free consultations.

    You can meet with an experienced lawyer on our legal team to discuss your case, have all of your questions answered, and learn how our attorneys can help you recover a fair settlement for your losses. Contact us today to learn more.


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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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