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What happens if passengers are injured while using ridesharing?

| Aug 17, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many ways that people travel in the Indianapolis area. People may walk or bike, and many people drive to where they need to go. Others may take various forms of public transportation as well. Another form of transportation that has grown in popularity though is ridesharing. There are different forms of this and different companies that do it, but the two most popular options are Uber and Lyft.

These two options can be very convenient for people and have other features that make it very popular. These services do require the drivers to drive their own vehicles though and the drivers are generally considered independent contractors. Like any other driver on the road, these drivers may be involved in motor vehicle accidents. Passengers using the ridesharing service at the time of the accident may be injured as a result too.

As the passenger using the service would generally not be at fault for any accident, they would generally want compensation for the injuries they suffer. They may require significant medical treatment and need compensation for lost income as well. The passengers may be entitled to compensation, but where the compensation comes from depends on the circumstances.

Compensation for passengers’ injuries

Uber and Lyft have a $1 million policy for their drivers to cover expenses if their driver causes the accident which leads to the injuries. However, these policies are only effective if the drivers have their status on as currently driving a passenger. If another vehicle was responsible for causing the accident, the other driver’s insurance may be liable for paying the passenger’s damages as well. Because passengers are forced to deal with insurance policies that are not their own, these can become complicated matters.

There are many people in the Indianapolis area that use Uber and Lyft for various reasons. Passengers using these services can be injured in accidents just like anyone else on the road. It is important that the passengers receive the compensation they deserve as they are not responsible for driving and are generally completely innocent. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be a useful resource.