Drivers for Uber and Lyft are not employees of the companies that they drive for. They are independent contractors, also called third-party contractors, and as such, it may be very difficult to sue these companies if a rideshare driver is involved in a vehicle accident. These companies can deny liability for collisions involving their drivers because they are not technically employees. If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft-related accident, the best course of action is to call an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney, like the ones at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY, who understands the legalities involved in helping you get compensated for your injuries.
Drivers who are carrying passengers are covered by a $1 million dollar liability coverage policy and a $1 million dollar underinsured or uninsured coverage policy. However, if you were not a passenger or the driver was off-duty, you may have difficulty making a claim under Uber’s insurance policy and would instead make a claim against the driver’s personal vehicle insurance company. Ridesharing companies are a relatively new phenomenon and are being used more and more around the world. They are convenient, cost-effective and fast. However, the law has not had a lot of time to catch up with their popularity and as their popularity has grown, so have the lawsuits involving ridesharing accidents.
In June 2015, the NYC TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) released new regulations governing rideshare programs. These rules are intended to decrease the New York City Uber accident rates. Some of these rules are:
- Inform passengers that complain about drivers that only the TLC can revoke or suspend a driver’s license.
- Make sure that the driver’s access to the Uber app can be accessed with one touch or by voice when the vehicle is in motion.
- Collect and submit data.
- Provide passengers with the vehicle, driver and license number of the company.
- File all passenger data in accordance with the privacy and security policies of the TLC and follow all Federal and New York State laws as they relate to any data breaches.
Don’t hesitate to have us by your side in an Uber or Lyft lawsuit. We have been helping victims of vehicle accidents Manhattan for decades and we have the skills and knowledge to effectively represent your case. Our compassion for our clients is second to none and we have all the resources necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].