‘Car for hire’ companies such as Uber and Lyft offer a mode of transportation that makes it easier and less expensive to get around. However, liability regarding who is responsible when a person is injured in a ridesharing accident may not be clear. Accidents involving ridesharing services like Uber differ from other accidents. This is because in those cases, drivers are not considered employees of the ridesharing company. Rather, they are independent contractors. This creates difficulty when determining liability and can give ridesharing companies the ability to easily deny an injury claim. Usually, Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have a standard driver’s license and personal insurance.
Most drivers have no training in specific ride-sharing transportation skills. Additionally, ridesharing services require drivers to constantly use and check their phones, which creates an additional risk of distracted driving. Dozens of ‘car for hire’ accidents have been traced back to distracted driving, texting and other forms of driver negligence. If you are injured in one of these accidents, it is recommended you speak with a Bridgeport Uber accident lawyer.
Uber has a $1 million insurance policy that offers liability protection to passengers if they are actively signed in to their apps when the incident occurs. If you are a third party, such as a pedestrian, motorcyclist or another motorist, who is injured by an at-fault ridesharing driver, you can also file a claim under Uber’s insurance policy. Issues with drivers and insurance coverage can greatly complicate cases involving Uber and Lyft accidents. It is essential to work with experienced auto accident injury attorneys with experience in litigating ‘car for hire’ accidents.
Uber Connecticut recently made an announcement that may have given Fairfield County parents pause before allowing their children to use Uber transportation. Uber stated that they are now allowing people with specific nonviolent criminal conviction records to drive in Connecticut. Fortunately, Uber provides its riders with a digital footprint of their driver including their name, photo, car make and model, and license plate and has all of the driver’s contact information in their data base. As in other states, Connecticut law is catching up with this relatively new kind of transportation so there is more clarity concerning issues of liability in the case of a motor vehicle accident.
If you are a victim in an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare accident in Connecticut, contact a Bridgeport Uber accident lawyer right away for a free consultation. You could recover damages for the injuries and losses that you sustained.