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Pennsylvania car accidents: When rideshare passengers are injured

Pennsylvania, like most other states, has seen an increase in rideshare services over the last few years. While it can be a stress-free way to enjoy a night out or simply get from point A to point B, car accidents that involve rideshare vehicles are on the rise. If one is injured while a passenger in a rideshare car, can one seek compensation?

The short answer to this question is, yes. Before pursuing compensation, however, one will need to know who appears to be at fault for the accident. If one's driver caused the crash, the driver and his or her employer may be legally responsible for any damages one sustains. This should be covered under the company's insurance, but sometimes insurance fails to provide adequate relief.

If another driver caused the collision, then that person would be responsible for one's injuries. Again, insurance should kick in to cover any losses sustained; however, this may fail to cover everything. What can one do if, after an accident, the responsible party's insurance coverage is insufficient? When this happens, civil claims may be pursued.

According to Pennsylvania laws, those who suffer injuries in car accidents caused by the negligent actions of others may seek compensation for their losses. This extends to passengers in rideshare vehicles. Those who have been hurt while using rideshare services may have the right to pursue personal injury claims against the driver thought responsible and, possibly, the rideshare company. An experienced attorney will be able to review one's case and file and litigate any legal claims that are deemed appropriate.

Source: FindLaw, "Who Is Liable If You're Injured in an Uber Crash?", Christopher Coble, Accessed on June 5, 2017

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