As passengers opt to take UBER and Lyft instead of taxi cabs more and more, it is important to understand how ride sharing companies can be liable for your injuries if you are in a motor vehicle accident.
There are several causes of action in a lawsuit if you are injured in a ridesharing service: negligence, or negligent operation; vicarious liability; respondent superior; and potentially even negligent hiring. If you were injured while using one of these services, the accident is traditionally handled like any other motor vehicle accident. Instead of using the driver’s insurance, the primary insurance used will be the parent companies’ insurance. Individual drivers are not necessarily liable for your injuries, but rather the company who contracts their driving.
These companies may argue that their drivers are not employed by the company; instead, they argue drivers are independent contractors who pay a commission on their fare. Having an attorney who can directly tie UBER or Lyft to the accident is crucial for your settlement. Attorney Maryam Vasek is able to argue the specific elements of legal liability theories to prove Uber and Lyft are responsible for your injuries.