Car Accidents Involving Uber and Lyft

The gig economy has introduced several legal complications, including what happens after an Uber accident in Virginia. The same principles apply to Lyft and other ridesharing platforms. 

  • If the Uber driver didn’t have the Uber app on at the time of the accident, Uber isn’t involved. 
  • If the Uber driver had the app on but didn’t have any passengers, the company may be partially responsible for damages. 
  • If the driver was actively on duty transporting passengers, Uber’s insurance policy may apply in paying for damages, which could include up to $1 million in coverage per accident.

While ridesharing services may be liable for damages if one of their contractors is involved in a car accident, drunk driving may violate their terms of conduct. In complex DUI accident cases like these, consult a Virginia personal injury lawyer for specific guidance. 

Virginia Dram Shop and Social Host Liability Laws

In some states, liability for damages from car accidents may extend to the persons or establishments who served alcohol to the drunk driver. Dram shop laws refer to businesses such as bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Social host liability laws refer to private gatherings, like backyard barbecues. In these states, victims may file a lawsuit against whoever provided the drunk driver with alcohol and allowed them to drive inebriated anyway. 

However, the Commonwealth of Virginia has neither dram shop laws nor social host liability acts for alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Virginia law places responsibility on the person who consumes the alcohol and not the individual or business that serves it, even if the drinker is underage.

Navigating Complex DUI Crash Cases With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

Dealing with drunk driving cases can quickly become complicated. Insurers go to great lengths to limit their liability and avoid paying a fair settlement amount. The Virginia DUI accident attorneys at The Mottley Law Firm have years of experience handling cases just like these. We’ll explore all your options and fight for your rightful claim to compensation.

Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims