Select your state



Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft allow us to hire a personal driver on short notice by downloading a computer application (app) on our smartphone, entering our personal information (name, phone number, email address, credit card number) and connecting to a network of vetted drivers.

Laws vary from state to state but most states regulate rideshares and some states require rideshare drivers to have more insurance than other drivers—greater policy limits for personal injuries and property damage, for example.

Because a rideshare driver’s personal insurance policy may not cover an accident that occurs when the driver is providing a rideshare service, some insurance companies offer rideshare drivers a ridesharing endorsement—which is an addition to the rideshare driver’s personal insurance policy and may cover personal injuries and property damage sustained during a rideshare. A ridesharing endorsement usually costs less than a commercial insurance policy.

Companies such as Uber and Lyft may also provide their drivers with some insurance—but it usually has significant restrictions and may require the driver to first make a claim on the driver’s personal insurance policy.

If a rideshare driver involved in an accident does not have a ridesharing endorsement on the driver’s personal policy—and does not have a commercial policy—the driver’s insurance claim will likely be denied if the accident happened during a rideshare. In that case, the insurer may also cancel the driver’s policy for violating the policy term that the vehicle only be used for personal purposes and not for commercial (rideshare) purposes.

If a rideshare driver involved in an accident does have a ridesharing endorsement, the driver’s insurance will be “primary” and the rideshare company’s insurance will be “excess”—meaning it will only be available or “tapped” if the covered personal injuries and property damage exceed the limits of the driver’s insurance policy.

In Texas, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are subject to state regulations that include requirements for driver insurance coverage. Texas law mandates that rideshare drivers carry insurance policies with higher limits than typical personal auto policies to cover potential personal injuries and property damage. This is to ensure that there is adequate coverage when the driver is logged into the rideshare app and available to accept rides, as well as when they are actively transporting a passenger. If a driver's personal insurance policy does not cover ridesharing activities, they may opt for a ridesharing endorsement, which is an addition to their personal policy that provides coverage during rideshare operations. This endorsement is generally more affordable than a full commercial insurance policy. Rideshare companies also provide contingent insurance for their drivers, which typically comes into play after the driver's personal insurance has been exhausted. If a driver lacks the proper endorsement and is involved in an accident while ridesharing, their personal insurance claim may be denied, and their policy could be canceled for violating the terms regarding the vehicle's use. In cases where a rideshare driver has the appropriate endorsement, their personal insurance serves as the primary coverage, and the rideshare company's insurance provides excess coverage, which is only used if claims exceed the driver's policy limits.

Legal articles related to this topic

Legal Considerations for Ride-Share and Food Delivery Drivers
While ride-sharing and delivery platforms can seem like a great way to earn extra income, they can also present a plethora of legal issues for enterprising drivers.