Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in recent years, challenging the state-sanctioned monopoly that taxicab services have enjoyed for several decades. While some observers contend that the emergence of ridesharing as adding increasing efficiency and giving consumers more choices, it has also caused issues with legal liability that occurs as a result of accidents involving cars operated by drivers engaging in ridesharing.
Auto Accidents, Insurance, and Independent Contractors
Auto accidents are an inevitable risk of operating a motor vehicle, which means Uber and Lyft drivers are going to get in serious accidents at some point. While taxicabs are subject to state regulation, the same is not true for drivers who participate in ridesharing services – generally, they are required to maintain their own insurance, which may or may not be sufficient to cover their liability in the event of an accident. In addition, both Lyft and Uber classify their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, meaning that generally, neither company can be held liable for the negligent conduct of the drivers.
Accidents Involving Uber and Lyft Drivers can Leave Victims with Extremely Serious Injuries
Ridesharing drivers can get into accidents that injure their passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else who happens to be on the road. In some cases, the injuries caused by these kinds of accidents can be extremely severe, and often include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Serious lacerations
These and other injuries that are sustained in auto accidents can often entitle victims to significant compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Because of the legal complexities involved with suing a driver that was part of a ridesharing service at the time of the accident, it is important for victims to retain legal counsel immediately. In some cases, it may be possible to recover compensation from the company offering the ride sharing service as well as the driver.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Legal Options
If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you should call an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Michael Siddons represents victims of preventable accidents in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and is committed to obtaining the largest possible settlement or award for each client he represents.