Ride share services are gaining in popularity all around the country, and South Carolina is no exception. There are a lot of great benefits to using these services, but what happens if one is a passenger in a ride share vehicle that is involved in a crash? Who is responsible for the injuries that result from such car accidents?
At the end of the day, it all depends on who caused the accident. If one's driver is believed to be at fault, the driver and the company for whom he or she was working may be held responsible. If the driver of the other automobile involved is thought to have caused the crash, he or she may be sued for any damages one suffers.
Most ride share companies cover their drivers under their insurance plans while the drivers are on the clock. It is also a state requirement that all drivers have their own personal insurance. In the event of an accident, the responsible party's insurance company should typically cover the cost of one's care and recovery. Unfortunately, many who have been involved in motor vehicle collisions find that the compensation offered by insurance providers comes up short. This is where legal actions come into play.
According to the state of South Carolina, those who have been injured in car accidents may seek relief through filing personal injury claims in civil court. This applies to ride share passengers. An experienced attorney can review the details of one's case and file the appropriate actions in court. If litigated successfully, full and fair compensation for any losses experienced may be awarded.
Source: FindLaw, "Who Is Liable If You're Injured in an Uber Crash?", Christopher Coble, Accessed on June 5, 2017