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Liability issues arise in ride-share car accidents

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are becoming increasingly popular over traditional taxis. This may leave Pennsylvania residents wondering what recourse they have if they're in an accident involving a driver for these services.

Pennsylvanians should not start dreaming of a huge personal injury settlement because, in all likelihood, they may not be able to sue Uber, Lyft or a similar company. That's because drivers for these services are independent contractors, not employees of these companies. Under this scenario, victims would sue the driver if that person is at fault, though any settlement compensation could come from the ridesharing company's liability insurance. If the other driver is at fault, he or she would be sued first.

If a person is injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver, he or she should get contact information from any witnesses and details about the driver, including a copy of the receipt; call 911; and take pictures of the accident scene. If victims are injured, they may want to call a personal injury attorney.

The aftermath of any car accident is usually unpleasant, especially if victims hope to receive compensation for their injuries. Throw a driver for a rideshare service into the picture, and a personal injury claim can get complicated fast. Car accident victims may be eligible for compensation that can include present and future medical expenses and lost wages if they cannot work. Victims may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer that may be able to advise them on claim eligibility and who should be liable for paying this compensation. Also, since negotiating a fair settlement to an injury claim can be stressful and difficult, a lawyer may be able to provide valuable assistance, leaving the victim free to concentrate on recovering from his or her injuries.

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