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Crowe & Harris, LLP Is Here to Help

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in the past several years. While these services have many benefits, such as allowing people to get around without needing to own a vehicle, they do have some potential drawbacks. One of the biggest concerns is that ridesharing drivers are not always as well-trained as taxi drivers. They are not required to have as much experience, and they are not required to obtain the same type of licensing and certifications that taxi drivers do. This means ridesharing drivers are more likely to make mistakes that lead to accidents.

When an Uber or Lyft driver causes an accident, it is important to know what to do. You should not try to deal with the insurance company on your own. Instead, you should contact a rideshare accident lawyer at Crowe & Harris, LLP. Our Boston rideshare accident attorneys are ready to help you recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. We can also help you hold the ridesharing company accountable for any negligence that contributed to the accident.

To learn more about how we can help you, call (617) 404-3417

Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, liability in rideshare accidents can involve multiple parties. The driver of the rideshare vehicle, the rideshare company, or even another driver may be held responsible depending on the circumstances of the accident.

Rideshare companies carry insurance policies that cover their drivers when they're logged into the app and transporting passengers. However, these companies often take steps to limit their liability. They may argue that their drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, which complicates the claims process.

Additionally, if another driver caused the accident, their insurance company may also be liable for covering your damages.

  1. Rideshare Driver:
    If the rideshare driver's negligence or recklessness caused the accident, they can be held liable.

  2. Other Drivers:
    If another driver's actions contributed to the accident, they may share liability.

  3. Rideshare Company:
    Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft may be held liable under certain circumstances, such as if the driver was on duty at the time of the accident.

  4. Third Parties:
    Maintenance companies, vehicle manufacturers, or other third parties may be held responsible if a defect in the vehicle contributed to the accident.

Tactics Used by Rideshare Companies

To reduce their liability and payout, rideshare companies may employ a variety of tactics. These can include disputing the severity of injuries, questioning the victim's account of the accident, or even claiming that the driver was not logged into their app at the time of the accident.

What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident

If you've been involved in a rideshare accident, it's important to take certain steps to protect your rights:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Report the accident to the police and obtain a copy of the police report.
  3. Document everything you can about the accident, including photos of the scene, witness information, and details about the rideshare driver and vehicle.
  4. Notify the rideshare company about the accident.
  5. Contact a skilled rideshare accident attorney.

How a Rideshare Accident Attorney at Crowe & Harris, LLP Can Help

At Crowe & Harris, LLP, our Boston rideshare accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle complex rideshare accident cases. We know how to navigate the tactics used by rideshare companies and insurance providers to limit their payouts.

We will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence, establish liability, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to court to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, don't hesitate to contact Crowe & Harris, LLP. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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