Liability complications are common in rideshare accidents

October 26, 2022 | Uncategorized

The rideshare app industry has been a very popular alternative for people needing transportation for short distances in Florida. However, what has been an effective transportation solution can also present problems when accidents happen, and primary among those problems are claims of no liability from the particular company. And to further complicate matters, Florida uses a “no fault” accident law that can also cause more complications due to court authority to dismiss claims of extended injuries in some situations.

Claims against agent drivers

The purpose of the no-fault auto accident law is to provide immediate coverage for auto accident injuries. The problem with this process is that rideshare drivers are not required to carry liability amounts beyond the limit for individual vehicle owners, which may not be sufficient for injuries in some motor vehicle accidents. Extended serious injury claims should be handled through the court system for whole benefit payment based on all liable drivers’ insurance coverage and comparative negligence percentage.

Driverless rideshare accidents

Cases can become even more complicated when being injured in a driverless vehicle. The first question will be who actually owns the vehicle. Most of the time, it belongs to the rideshare company. Another issue, as with all other car accidents, is how many drivers were involved and how much did they contribute to causation of the crash. Rideshare companies can deny liability in this regard as well by shifting the blame to other drivers.

Injured parties from rideshare accidents should remember that comparative negligence law in Florida requires driver claims be reduced by their personal fault percentage. Riders are rarely assessed any negligence percentage in an accident, so whole damages for riders should be available in almost all cases. All liable parties must be assessed for fault for this to be achieved in a claim, and sometimes multiple insurance companies are required to pay benefits.