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How do rideshare drivers cover crash costs?

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Car Accidents

Working as a rideshare driver can be a smart decision for people in many circumstances. Those developing their careers may use rideshare work to augment low entry-level salaries. People coping with unexpected expenses, such as the cost of a recent injury, could begin providing rideshare rides to others as a way to increase their income and pay off their financial obligations.

Some people even work as rideshare drivers as their primary source of income. They have the opportunity to work when demand and therefore rates are high or to set their own schedule at times that are convenient for them. Of course, the trade-off for that convenience is the constant risk of a collision. Rideshare drivers are independent contractors, so they do not have the protections typically extended to employees.

How do rideshare drivers cover their costs after a crash on the job?

The circumstances determine a driver’s option

Rideshare crashes are far more common than people realize. Recent research out of Illinois indicated that as many as one in three rideshare operators has experienced a crash while working. Rideshare drivers often feel compelled to drive aggressively to get clients to their destination as quickly as possible. That and traveling on unfamiliar roads can increase the risk of a crash.

If the rideshare driver is at fault for the crash, then they may have few options for compensation unless they carry very robust insurance coverage. If another motorist is to blame for the crash, then a rideshare driver could potentially use their insurance to pay for vehicle repairs, lost income and medical expenses. When a crash is severe or when the driver at fault doesn’t have proper insurance, then it may be necessary to initiate a personal injury lawsuit against the other motorist.

In certain, unique scenarios there could be a third party with a degree of liability. The employer of the driver at fault could be liable if the crash occurred while the other driver was on the clock. Issues with a vehicle could also lead to liability for mechanics or manufacturers.

Rideshare drivers dealing with the aftermath of a crash have to cope with not just property damage losses and injuries but a loss of revenue. Depending on the circumstances, their crash might make them ineligible for continued rideshare work. Injuries, licensing issues and disabled vehicles can all prevent a rideshare professional from doing their job as normal.

Reviewing the circumstances of a rideshare crash can help people identify the best options available for covering their costs as a rideshare professional. Rideshare drivers may need help handling complex insurance matters or preparing for civil court after a wreck.