Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies are extremely popular – and are giving the taxi industry a ride for its money. Literally.
While there are many positive attributes of these companies, there are questions about safety and liability in the event of an accident:
- How do these types of accident differ than accidents in a traditional taxi?
- Will my medical bills be paid?
- Are drivers specially trained and licensed?
- Are background checks done on drivers?
When an accident happens involving a rideshare car and a passenger is injured, it is advisable for the victim to consult a personal injury attorney. Any number of special circumstances may apply, so it is important to have a legal advocate on your side who understands these complex issues.
Uber requires its employee drivers to have insurance on their vehicles. While the driver is working and the app is on, Uber provides supplemental insurance coverage. The issue of insurance coverage can get complicated when there is an accident, as more than one policy may apply.
Regarding safety, one important thing to keep in mind is that as an employer, Uber does not meet with its driver employees before they begin transporting passengers. There are obvious safety concerns in a situation in which a stranger is transporting passengers and is in control of the vehicle.
If you have been injured in an accident as an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare app passenger, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please call Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, for a free consultation: 212-571-7171.