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What Makes The Rules of The Road Different for Rideshare Drivers?

Millions of people use rideshare apps, such as Uber and Lyft, every day. But some rideshare drivers usually depend on GPS navigation, so they have to constantly peek at their cell phones while driving. All drivers have a legal duty of care to those they share the road with, meaning they must follow the rules of the road and drive defensively.

But commercial drivers and common carriers, including bus drivers, train operators, taxi drivers, pilots, rideshare drivers, transportation companies, and others that transport cargo or people for a fee, have a higher legal duty of care. This means that these individuals and entities must drive more carefully than non-commercial drivers. This higher duty of care is what makes the rules of the road different for rideshare drivers.

Was The Rideshare Driver Negligent?

When carrying passengers, common carriers have a legal duty to:

When figuring out whether a rideshare driver was negligent, the standard will always be higher than the state’s common negligence standard. Generally, if the driver breached their legal duty and failed to exercise a higher level of care to ensure the safety of everyone, they share the road with, they will be found to be negligent and liable for an injured party’s damages.

Why Do Rideshare Accidents Happen?

There are various causes of rideshare accidents, including the following:

Consult With an Experienced Morristown Rideshare Accident Attorney Now

To learn more about your options for compensation after getting injured in a rideshare accident, contact the Leonard Legal Group right away. Scott Leonard is a board-certified civil trial attorney and has been handling car crash cases for over 25 years and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 973-984-1414 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation with our Morristown rideshare accident attorney.