When we hire Uber or Lyft to drive us, we want their driver to be the best, most attentive driver in the history of drivers. But, as we all know, that is often not the case and even if they are, there are so many other drivers and hazards on the road that accidents are bound to happen.
Accidents involving Uber or Lyft can have several victims including the driver, the passenger, pedestrians, and of course, occupants of other vehicles. If you’re unfortunately in one of these accidents, you may wonder what your rights are and how you can hold Uber or Lyft accountable for their actions.
For starters, all Uber and Lyft drivers are insured with a commercial insurance policy with limits of $1,000,000. This is common knowledge and stated in their fine print. While that may seem like a lot of money, if you are severely injured or a loved one is killed, you may find that it will not secure your future financial needs. If that is the case, then what redress do you have?
The answer to that question leads us to another question: Can you directly sue Uber or Lyft to reach their vast resources if one of their drivers cause you or a loved one severe, catastrophic injury or death?
The answer to this question hinges on the legal determination of whether Uber or Lyft drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Typically, employers are liable for the actions of their employees, but they are not liable for the actions of their independent contractors.
And, as you may have guessed, both companies classify their drivers as “independent contractors” so that liability begins and ends with the driver and the company is therefor shielded from injury lawsuits. This is an ongoing legal dispute and while some lower courts, including here in California, have determined drivers to be “employees” the issue is far from settled.
Because of the uncertainty in the law and the fact these cases can be very complex, what is settled is that if you’re injured in an accident involving Uber or Lyft, you will certainly need an Uber accident lawyer or a Lyft accident lawyer to handle your Uber accident claim or your Lyft accident claim.
The Dominguez Firm has over 30 years of experience and aggressive, tactful car accident lawyers that have successfully handled thousands of auto accident cases, and nearly every type of car accident case you can imagine. If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident or any other type of vehicle accident, whether ridesharing accident or not, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-818-1818 for a free consultation to speak to one of our car accident lawyers.