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What happens to injured parties involved in rideshare crashes?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2022 | Injuries

Each day, many people get around Massachusetts by contacting rideshare services. Most of the time, these services pick up and drop off people with ease. But what happens when these rides don’t go smoothly? With that in mind, here’s more information about the aftermath of crashes with rideshare drivers.

Being a passenger in a crashed rideshare

If you suffer a personal injury as the passenger of a rideshare service car that crashes, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. In Massachusetts, companies providing rideshare services must have commercial liability insurance. This type of insurance protects rideshare drivers and their passengers.

Hitting a rideshare driver’s car

What if you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle that collides with a rideshare driver? In this instance, proving liability after rideshare accidents can be difficult. You’ll need to find out whether or not this driver had a passenger in their car. This factor determines whether they were technically working or not.

If a rideshare driver isn’t transporting a passenger when they crash into you, this situation becomes similar to a standard car accident. In this case, both drivers will need to exchange their insurance information. Right after the crash, it’s imperative to take pictures of the accident scene, including any road work, obstructions or other contributing factors. Having these pictures saved can help determine liability.

While rideshare services can bring a vehicle to you at a moment’s notice, these drivers can still get into accidents. In fact, people who drive professionally are more likely to be affected by fatigue and burnout, which can contribute to mishaps on the road. Before you open up a rideshare app, make sure to closely look over drivers’ ratings and reviews.