Uber & Lyft Accidents
Ridesharing Services & Auto Accidents
Throughout Texas and the nation, ridesharing services have exploded in popularity. Due to the increase in use of services like Uber and Lyft, there are now also new questions and complicated legal issues, especially the issue of liability in the event of accidents and injuries.
Ridesharing Auto Accidents: What You Should Know
As ridesharing services, Uber and Lyft accidents differ from accidents involving everyday people. Here are a few reasons why:
- Independent contractors - Drivers are not considered employees of the ridesharing company; they are independent contractors. This can create difficulty when it comes to liability, and may give ridesharing companies the ability to more easily deny an injury claim.
- Untrained drivers - A majority of ridesharing drivers are average people who are only required to have standard driver’s licenses and personal insurance, along with a few other requirements. Most are not trained in transportation. Additionally, the system these companies use require drivers to constantly use and check their phones, which can create the additional risk of distracted driving.
- Insurance policies - Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies have complicated insurance policies that may not always fully protect riders. For instance, Uber carries a $1 million commercial liability policy for accidents that occur only when a driver is performing a verifiable trip. If a driver had the app off, their personal auto insurance must be used in the event of accidents.
Issues with drivers and insurance coverage can greatly complicate cases involving Uber and Lyft accidents, which is why it is so important to work with experienced auto accident attorneys.
Involved in an accident? Discuss your case for free.
At The Daspit Law Firm, our team is available to review auto accident cases involving ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. During a free evaluation of your case, we can explain the unique aspects of your situation, discuss your legal rights, and determine how we may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages.