If you need to get somewhere fast but you don’t own a car, chances are you probably got a ride from Lyft or Uber. The trend of ridesharing has become increasingly popular in recent years. This, however, brought many new legal complications with it. For example, which parties are responsible if rideshare drivers are involved in Lyft or Uber accidents? Will the driver’s company pay for injuries and damages or vice versa? At Corradino & Papa, LLC, we provide comprehensive legal services for those involved in Lyft and Uber accidents. We have represented many injury victims and can use our skills and insight gained from these cases to benefit yours.
About Lyft and Uber
Founded in 2009 as UberCab, Uber is a rideshare company that is headquartered in San Francisco. The company provides a cheaper way to hire private drivers by pooling the cost with other users/riders. Lyft is also a ridesharing app that connects passengers who are looking for a ride with drivers who have their own cars. Lyft is a competitor to Uber.
Uber drivers are recognized as freelance drivers as they are not employed by Uber or any rideshare service. This arrangement typically makes for a difficult situation in terms of liability in litigation. Employers are often liable for any employee accidents.
Why Lyft and Uber Accident Lawyers Matter
It is important to note that rideshare accidents are different from typical car accidents. Rideshare service providers do not consider their drivers as employees, but independent contractors. In this case, companies may be quicker to deny injury claims. Today, nearly any individual can become a Lyft or Uber driver as long as these individuals have a driver’s license and personal auto insurance. Because some drivers do not have any formal training or experience with transporting clients, it is dangerous for them to be on the road all day long.
With an increased chance for Lyft and Uber accidents, the bill HB221 was signed on May 9th of 2017. Also known as the Uber/Lyft bill, this regulation requires rideshare drivers to be insured whenever they are logged into the app when they are driving or not driving a passenger.
Whether you are attempting to recover damages from an accident or protecting your rights as a rideshare driver, it is important to work with experienced lawyers to navigate the challenges of these types of accidents.
Lyft and Uber Accident Frequently Asked Questions
- What legal damages can you recover for Lyft and Uber accidents?
Mental anguish, lost earnings, disfigurement, disability, medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.
- What happens if you are involved in an accident with a Lyft or Uber driver while they have a client in the car?
Drivers can receive compensation from both their rideshare and personal auto insurance companies. You should contact a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer if the accident occurred off-the-clock (after a full day of driving) and when that driver was in between trips.
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Corradino & Papa, LLC has been in business for over 25 years and have won record-setting verdicts. Our team has the financial resources and legal expertise to deal with large insurance companies, as well as well-financed individual and corporate defendants. What’s more, we have employed a contingent fee arrangement; no recovery, no fee!
If you want to contact Corradino & Papa, LLC and speak to our Lyft and Uber lawyers, feel free to call us at 973-574-1200 or fill out our inquiry form here.
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