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Legal considerations for rideshare accidents in Vermont

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Car accident

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become popular transportation options across the country. However, the increase in their use has led to new legal challenges, especially when accidents occur.

It is important to understand key legal considerations for rideshare accidents in Vermont.

Understanding the complexities of rideshare accidents

One of the primary legal issues in rideshare accidents is determining liability. Unlike traditional taxis, rideshare drivers are independent contractors, not employees of the rideshare company. This distinction can make it challenging to establish who bears the responsibility for an accident—whether it is the driver, the company, or a third party.

When a rideshare accident occurs, several questions need to be answered to determine liability. Was the rideshare driver logged into the app and accepting rides at the time of the accident? Did negligence on the part of the driver, such as speeding or distracted driving, contribute to the accident? Answering these questions can influence the outcome of a legal claim.

Insurance coverage in rideshare accidents

Insurance coverage is another challenging area in rideshare accidents. Rideshare companies typically provide insurance for their drivers, but the coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. For instance, if a driver is waiting for a ride request, the company’s insurance might offer limited coverage. However, if a driver is actively transporting a passenger, the coverage is generally more comprehensive.

Victims of rideshare accidents should understand the insurance policies involved. They should know how these policies interact with personal insurance and what compensation they can seek for injuries or damages.

Legal rights and protections for passengers

Passengers involved in rideshare accidents in Vermont have certain rights and protections under the law. They can seek compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party, which could be the rideshare driver or another driver who caused the accident.

Passengers must collect as much information as possible at the accident scene. This includes taking photos, noting the time and location and gathering contact information from all parties involved. This information can be invaluable in building a legal case.

The state of Vermont reports approximately 60 deaths from automobile accidents each year. Some of those occur in rideshare crashes. Those affected by rideshare incidents should seek legal advice to ensure they receive the protection and compensation they deserve.