Ridesharing is an easy and convenient way to get to where you want to go. Many ridesharing apps are a smartphone staple that people use, from everything from safely getting home from parties to taking a trip to the airport. Unfortunately, rideshare arrangements are not immune to the occasional automobile accident.
What is a “rideshare accident?”
The concept of ridesharing is not entirely new. However, the popularity of smartphones reinvented the way we travel. Like Lyft and Uber, popular platforms make it easier than ever to summon a driver right to your front door. When you get into an accident while under these ridesharing arrangements, the event is considered a “ridesharing accident.”
While ridesharing is more affordable than a taxi (and easier to earn money with), ridesharing apps leave some grey areas for accidents.
Who is responsible for rideshare accidents?
Rideshare apps have a particular contract with their drivers where people working for them are freelancers rather than direct employees. This distinction shifts the legal responsibility over to the drivers themselves, who companies expect to have an adequate insurance policy. Of course, if extreme circumstances, rideshare companies say they step up to cover the excess damage.
Unfortunately, things are not always as easy as they should be. Instead, people find themselves having issues with the companies mentioned due to their reluctance to cover damages. Whether you are a driver or a passenger, it’s a brilliant idea to try to prepare for the accident “just in case.”
Automobile Accident Checklist:
Accidents are stressful and unexpected – making it difficult o ready for them. While no one expects you to handle an accident flawlessly, some simple steps make the automobile accident journey easy for you.
• Call the police: Even the most minor accidents benefit from having an official police report. The proper documentation makes it easy for you to refer to the incident later on from an unbiased perspective.
• Exchange information: Always exchange contact information with every person at the scene. You must have someone to contact later when further problems arise. Injuries such as whiplash or herniated discs may only manifest some time after an incident.
• Take care of yourself: Go to the doctor or hospital as needed. Your health should be a priority
• Document: Never forget to keep all documentation – from medical bills to police reports. You must have all the information you need to track your damages and evidence. Don’t forget to take pictures or obtain camera footage.
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