Can Unsecured Loads Cause Car Accidents?
Aug 10, 2017 by Brown Moore Law
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Passengers routinely rely on taxis, or on ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, to provide them with safe transportation. Unfortunately, when taxi drivers or drivers in hired cars cause crashes, victims can be seriously hurt or even killed in the resulting accident.
Determining how to move forward with legal action in these cases can be complicated. An injury attorney at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC can help. We have decades of experience representing clients injured in taxi cabs, and we have also kept up-to-date on evolving laws related to liability of ride sharing services as these services have increased in popularity. We know how to help victims put together the strongest case possible to fight for full compensation.
Passengers in hired cars, including taxis and cars hired using app-based services, are not responsible if a car accident occurs. These passengers will need to determine if the driver of the vehicle they were in was the cause of the crash and should be liable for losses, or if another car on the road was to blame for the crash.
Pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcyclists, and people in other passenger vehicles could also be hit by a taxi or by an Uber or Lyft driver, and could suffer injuries as a result. These victims, too, must determine if the driver’s negligence or failure to follow the rules of the road caused the accident to happen.
When the driver of a hired car causes a collision through negligence, the driver can be sued for damages or a liability insurer can negotiate an out-of-court settlement agreement to compensate crash victims so a case doesn’t proceed to litigation.
Drivers, however, may not be the best or only responsible parties to file a lawsuit against. In fact, as ride sharing services first began to evolve, some victims of crashes faced complications pursuing legal actions against Uber and Lyft drivers because the driver’s standard car insurance policies excluded coverage for liability when cars were used for commercial purposes.
For many victims, the best defendant to sue or the best party to make a claim against is the taxi company, or the App that facilitated the ride-share. Uber, for example, now has insurance policies in place that cover every ride-sharing trip across all platforms throughout the country. The policy provides up to $1 million in coverage for every incident that occurs from the time a driver accepts a trip until the trip has been concluded and passengers have arrived at their destination.
While more insurance coverage is now available, it is still complicated for crash victims to determine who is to blame for their collision and for those who have been harmed to prove their right to full and fair compensation.
Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC understands the laws and can help victims make a strong case to get the money they need to cover all damages after a crash happens. Give our injury lawyers a call after you or someone you love is hurt in a taxi or hired car so we can offer a free case evaluation and get started on making your damage claim. You can reach us toll-free by calling 844-452-3688, or connect with us online.