Over the last 10 years, companies like Uber and Lyft have completely revolutionized how we do transportation. Over recent years, the ridesharing market has seen significant growth in potential and real economic performance. A survey of almost 11,000 people in the U.S. indicated that 36 percent of people used ridesharing services in 2018, an increase from 15 percent in 2015.
For as many conveniences as these services offer, they also come with complications. When you are not behind the wheel, you are vulnerable to potential negligence by your rideshare driver. While background checks are required for rideshare drivers, there are no other driving requirements outside of a valid driver’s license to be a driver. Ridesharing drivers must carry their own insurance, and Uber and Lyft also provide insurance for them. However, drivers do not need a taxi license.
Every year, there are many rideshare accidents involving cars driven by Uber or Lyft drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, it may be best to contact a personal injury attorney for help.
Knowing Your Rights in the Event of an Accident
If an accident occurs while riding in an Uber or Lyft, one or both drivers will likely be at fault for the accident. If an accident occurs, your driver’s insurance policy may be insufficient to cover damages and injuries sustained from the accident. This is when you might seek compensation from Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services for the negligence of the rideshare driver.
Rideshare companies have attempted to avoid responsibility for accidents by claiming that the drivers are not employees, but rather, independent contractors, and therefore, cannot be held liable. A personal injury attorney can help fight for you and your rights against these rideshare companies.
Accidents involving rideshare drivers and vehicles can be hard to resolve. Large companies like Uber and Lyft often have complex insurance policies and teams of attorneys working for them. This can leave a victim of a rideshare accident struggling with complicated paperwork or facing multiple low settlement offers that will not be enough to cover hospital bills and loss of wage costs.
Calling a Personal Injury Attorney
When you hire a personal injury attorney at Greene & Phillips, our team of attorneys and staff work hard for you. Understanding insurance policies and dealing with the insurance company takes experience, and our attorneys have helped injured victims for over 20 years!
Under U.S. laws, all Americans have the right to fair compensation after suffering from injuries caused by another party’s negligence. It is important that when you are injured, you surround yourself with a team that is prepared to fight for you!
If you have been injured, call Greene & Phillips as soon as you possibly can at 1-888-510-1020, or fill out our free case evaluation. You can also come by our office at your convenience!