Baton Rouge Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Our Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Baton Rouge Can Help
Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are revolutionizing the way people get around cities and towns all over the country. In many ways, these companies have made transportation more accessible to the general public by providing a low-cost alternative to traditional taxis and other ride-hailing services. Unfortunately, as with any new form of transportation, accidents are bound to happen.
When a car accident occurs in Baton Rouge involving an Uber or Lyft driver, the victim deserves the help of an experienced rideshare accident lawyer. At Beall & Thies, LLC, our attorneys are ready to provide the representation you need to move your case forward.
What is the Rideshare Law in Louisiana?
Louisiana has passed a rideshare law that is designed to protect rideshare drivers, passengers, and all other motorists on the road. Under this law, rideshare drivers are classified as independent contractors and are therefore held to a different standard than traditional taxi drivers. The law provides that rideshare drivers are not considered employees of the rideshare company, and rideshare companies are not considered employers of the drivers. This means that rideshare drivers are not protected by the same laws that cover traditional taxi drivers and their employers.
In the state of Louisiana, rideshare drivers are required to go through a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, and a national sex offender database check. Rideshare companies are also required to maintain commercial liability insurance on all of their drivers at all times. If an accident occurs, the rideshare driver's personal insurance should cover the claim. However, if the rideshare driver's personal insurance company denies the claim, the rideshare company's commercial insurance should cover the claim.
Who is Liable if a Rideshare Driver Causes an Accident?
When a rideshare driver causes an accident, the victim is entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. In most cases, the rideshare driver's personal insurance will cover the claim. However, if the driver's insurance denies the claim, the rideshare company's commercial insurance should cover the claim. In the state of Louisiana, rideshare companies are required to carry commercial insurance that covers all of their drivers at all times.
Generally, both Uber and Lyft provide liability insurance coverage to their drivers while they are logged into their respective apps and actively providing transportation services. In Louisiana, ridesharing companies are required by law to maintain certain insurance coverage for their drivers.
Here is a general overview of how Uber and Lyft's accident compensation policies typically work:
- Period 1: When the driver is logged out of the app or hasn't accepted a ride request, their personal auto insurance coverage applies.
- Period 2: When the driver is logged into the app and waiting for a ride request, but hasn't accepted a ride, both Uber and Lyft provide contingent liability coverage. This coverage generally includes third-party liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage, but it may have certain limits and deductibles.
- Period 3: When the driver has accepted a ride request and is transporting a passenger, Uber and Lyft provide primary liability coverage. This coverage typically includes higher liability limits for bodily injury and property damage.
In the event of an accident, if the driver is determined to be at fault, their personal auto insurance may be primary for any damages, subject to the terms and conditions of their policy. If the driver's personal insurance coverage is insufficient or doesn't apply, Uber and Lyft's insurance policies may provide additional coverage.
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you should not assume that your claim will be denied. Our firm is prepared to help you file a claim against the rideshare company's commercial insurance. We can also represent you if you choose to file a claim against the driver's personal insurance.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Baton Rouge Rideshare Accident Attorneys
At Beall & Thies, LLC, our attorneys can provide the representation you need to move your case forward. Our firm is familiar with the rideshare laws in Louisiana and is prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
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Russell W. Beall
"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
William W. Thies
"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
"Jacob H. Thomas is originally from the Piney Hills of North Louisiana, known for producing great litigators such as Huey P. Long as well as several other notable statesmen on the both the federal and state levels.Read Full Bio
Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."
"Aaron Humphreys joined Beall & Thies, LLC as an associate attorney in the fall of 2016. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May of 2016. Aaron is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice."Read Full Bio
"George G. Caballero practices general civil law and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, wills, and successions. George joined Beall & Thies as of counsel in 2017 after starting Caballero Law Firm in 1993. Mr. Caballero has over thirty years of experience as an attorney and has served clients in various matters ranging from business and tort litigation, business, family law, and successions.Read Full Bio
Mr. Caballero is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Mississippi College School of Law. Upon graduation, he immediately went into the private practice of law, practicing in both Louisiana and Mississippi."
Jewel “Trae” E. Welch, III
"Trae is a lifelong resident of the Baker-Zachary area. Trae is the son of The Honorable Judge Duke Welch, currently presiding on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, and former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman, Roxson Welch. Trae is married to the former Lynn Caldwell of Tallulah, Louisiana. Together Trae and Lynn are raising their two children Quade and Vivian."Read Full Bio