Ridesharing platforms have revolutionized modern transportation, connecting riders and drivers instantaneously, through mobile apps. The popularity of these technology services is enormous and continues to grow. However, what happens when an accident occurs? Who bears responsibility?

    The answer is: it’s complicated.

    When an accident occurs involving an operator using a rideshare app, unique legal issues are often created for the rideshare platform, the drivers, riders and their insurers, and other involved vehicles--all of whom can be parties to litigation. Issues relating to the existence of coverage, the priority of coverage, and available policy limits often arise. Claims against rideshare platforms can involve allegations of both direct and vicarious liability. Brand protection and maintaining the confidentiality of trade secret and proprietary information is essential to the rideshare platform defendant.

    The attorneys in Marshall Dennehey’s Rideshare Liability Practice Group are experienced at addressing the complex issues that emerge when claims arise. We are familiar with the prominent ridesharing apps and are knowledgeable of the data that is available from them. We work with a variety of liability and damages experts who specialize in issues applicable to sharing economy cases.

    Our experienced team utilizes a process that allows for the prompt review of cases and strategizing with claims professionals about whether a case should be targeted for early resolution, aggressive discovery or trial. Our pre-suit services for catastrophic accidents include:

    • Scene inspection, accident reconstruction, bio-mechanical accident reconstruction responding to preservation requests
    • Assembling a top expert team to assist with investigations and  preservation of evidence
    • Vehicle inspections and data downloads
    • Social media and background investigations of claimants
    • Witness location and interviews, and all other facets of pre-suit accident investigation

    Many states have enacted statutes governing requirements and liability for rideshare platforms, and issues involving statutory compliance may arise. Also, rideshare litigation is not limited to automobile negligence cases and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. Rideshare platforms and their insurers must also be prepared to defend cases involving allegations of sexual assault or other intentional conduct.  

    We routinely handle cases for some of the nation’s largest ridesharing companies, their independent drivers and insurance carriers. We help navigate every step of the legal process, working closely with clients to execute strategies to protect their interests, manage risk and minimize exposure.

    Thomas F. Brown, Co-chair
    Patrick M. DeLong, Co-chair