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29-Aug-2023 Matt Parisi

Driving with Confidence: Rideshare Insurance for Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts

As ridesharing continues to gain popularity in Cape Cod and Islands, more Massachusetts drivers are joining platforms like Uber and Lyft to earn extra income. While these services offer flexibility and convenience, they come with sticky technicalities when it comes to auto insurance. Rideshare coverage changes rapidly, just like a driver opening and closing the app. Understanding how ridesharing policies make a difference is a critical responsibility for Massachusetts drivers looking to start their new side-hustle.

The Growing Trend of Rideshare Driving:

With the state’s ridesharing industry growing upwards of 12% annually, more individuals are opting to become rideshare drivers to make money on their own schedules. Fall River, New Bedford, Falmouth, and Nantucket have shown the most prominent increase in rides taken since 2019, presumably by those looking to beat traffic; however, personal auto insurance policies do not provide coverage during rideshare activities, leaving drivers exposed to significant gaps in protection while “at work”.

The Importance of Rideshare Insurance:

Though Uber and Lyft offer their own inclusive insurance policies, drivers still risk facing out-of-pocket expenses and coverage denial. For instance, while waiting for a ride request with the app on, rideshare companies usually omit collision or comprehensive insurance. Additionally, your personal auto policy, which would include the same coverage, may not apply during this phase either. As a result, if an accident occurs, you may find yourself without insurance coverage for the resulting damage. Ridesharing insurance bridges this gap and keeps you and your vehicle protected, eliminating grey areas.

Understanding Coverage Tiers:

Massachusetts rideshare insurance typically consists of three coverage tiers:

  1. Available: When the driver is logged into the app but hasn't accepted a ride request. Personal auto insurance coverage may not apply during this time.
  2. En Route: When the driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to pick up the passenger. Rideshare company insurance usually covers this phase, but it may have limitations.
  3. On the Trip: When the driver has a passenger in the vehicle. Rideshare company insurance generally provides primary coverage during this phase.

How You Can Swerve the Gaps:

For Massachusetts drivers embracing the opportunities of rideshare driving, securing the right insurance coverage is vital to both your safety (and your profits). Reach out below to see how a simple addition to your policy could keep you protected on the road.

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