Ridesharing is a convenient and cheaper transportation option for many people. One can travel from one place to another without worrying about parking spaces or fees. During these rides, there is a level of trust passengers put in rideshare drivers to bring them to their destinations safely. Unfortunately, circumstances outside of one’s control can lead to car crashes.
If you sustained injuries as a rideshare passenger, here are some things to consider in determining whom to go after for your damage claim.
Determining the party at fault
It is good to note that Virginia is a “fault” state, meaning car collision victims can claim against the driver at fault, whether through the latter’s insurance company or by filing a personal injury claim in court.
But how does the victim determine whom they can hold responsible for damages? It depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. Let’s say the rideshare driver was not logged in to their company app when the collision occurred, then they can be held personally liable to pay compensation. Otherwise, the rideshare company must take responsibility for the victim’s injuries. There are also rare cases wherein the vehicle or auto parts manufacturer is liable for the car’s defects.
It is really on a case-to-case basis. This is why it is important for victims to meticulously conduct discovery to determine the party at fault.
The role of contributory negligence
While Virginia allows victims to claim damages against the driver at fault, victims must be totally free from negligence. Otherwise, victims may not be able to receive damages if the court finds that they contributed to the car accident and that the driver was not purely at fault.
Vehicle accident claims can be complex. The process of discovery while recovering from car collision injuries can be a lot for a victim. Understanding the basics of car accident liability can help ease concerns and aid the victim in better preparing for their claim.