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I got into an accident and my passenger is claiming they can sue me. Is that true?

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Jaredhoffa
76 Rider Guru
 Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Here's the scenario: 

You have a passenger in your car. A few minutes later you're sitting at a stop light and BOOM, you get rear-ended and the passenger gets thrown forward. A few seconds later, he holds his neck and screams, “Look what you did! You’re going to pay for this!”

So, the question becomes, what’s the personal liability here? Is there really any chance this guy can go after their Uber/Lyft driver?

Short answer: Very unlikely. Since you’re online with Uber/Lyft, they have a $1M deductible, and with your own insurance the chances of them needing more than $1M+ are slim to none. Regardless of your fault or not.  In this case, the at-fault driver’s insurance is “primary.” That means his insurance company will have to pay first for any claims made in relation to the crash.  


Let’s switch up the facts. Let's say you (the Uber/Lyft driver) caused the crash and rear-ended another driver. The passenger is hurt and threatens to sue. 


In actuality, not much changes. Because the Uber/Lyft driver is the at-fault driver, their insurance is “primary.” They're still in period three, meaning Uber/Lyft’s company takes over. That insurance will cover damages up to its limits (again, $1 million). As such, there’s plenty of coverage and they need not worry about their assets in most scenarios.


The bottom line:  After a crash, stay calm, call the police to investigate and report the incident to Uber/Lyft. LegalRideshare deals with these incidents everyday, so don't hesitate to call.  

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Here's the scenario: 

You have a passenger in your car. A few minutes later you're sitting at a stop light and BOOM, you get rear-ended and the passenger gets thrown forward. A few seconds later, he holds his neck and screams, “Look what you did! You’re going to pay for this!”

So, the question becomes, what’s the personal liability here? Is there really any chance this guy can go after their Uber/Lyft driver?

Short answer: Very unlikely. Since you’re online with Uber/Lyft, they have a $1M deductible, and with your own insurance the chances of them needing more than $1M+ are slim to none. Regardless of your fault or not.  In this case, the at-fault driver’s insurance is “primary.” That means his insurance company will have to pay first for any claims made in relation to the crash.  


Let’s switch up the facts. Let's say you (the Uber/Lyft driver) caused the crash and rear-ended another driver. The passenger is hurt and threatens to sue. 


In actuality, not much changes. Because the Uber/Lyft driver is the at-fault driver, their insurance is “primary.” They're still in period three, meaning Uber/Lyft’s company takes over. That insurance will cover damages up to its limits (again, $1 million). As such, there’s plenty of coverage and they need not worry about their assets in most scenarios.


The bottom line:  After a crash, stay calm, call the police to investigate and report the incident to Uber/Lyft. LegalRideshare deals with these incidents everyday, so don't hesitate to call.  

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    cheesehead
    481 Driver Rider
     2 weeks ago

    Great info. Thanks. Can you explain a little more about what "period three" means? You are saying that the rideshares company's insurance pays first, before our own?

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    PattyMelt
    190 Driver
     2 weeks ago

    I spent many years working for a company that studied law suits. Any time there was a case involving Uber/Lyft the plaintiff always had separate suits filed. One against your insurance, one against the ride share’s insurance, and one against the other vehicle’s insurance. Sounds like they have to prove some serious damages to exceed that $1m primary.

    Probably more likely for a wrongful death case like the recent Chicago case. Can’t put a price on a beautiful young human life.

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      DimSumUng
      121
       2 weeks ago

      So iI take it you can put a price on an ugly person?

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        PattyMelt
        190 Driver
         2 weeks ago

        😂 Amazon probably has them real cheap 

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        EjiEzeEze
        313 Rider Driver
         2 weeks ago

        I think she means that all people's lives are beautiful.  

        But, yes, she is saying old people's lives aren't beautiful.  j/k!!

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    chawes
    664 Rider Guru
     2 weeks ago

    I am sure this varies by state, but taking the case where it's the rideshare driver's fault, is there any difference in how this affects their personal insurance as opposed to an accident off the job? Would you expect premiums to rise as a result, even though their insurance didn't have to pay? Points on license, etc?

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    CarrieB78
    24
     2 weeks ago

    I assume those who want to sue will go after the parent company, i.e. Uber, and then the insurance company.  They always go for the bigger wallets first.

    If the passenger is threatening the driver, that person is just bluffing and trying to scare him. He's just a jerk.  Probably has no idea what the laws are and probably doesn't even know how.

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    KitteryMe
    30
     2 weeks ago

    Sue? They have to prove neglect or intent on your part. 

    Just ignore them and worry about it later. 

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    KarinaWakaba
    12 Rider
     2 weeks ago

    You say call, but do you cover all states?