Uber and other rideshare companies have begun to replace car rentals for many people visiting tourist towns like Santa Barbara. It used to be that you had to rent a car when you flew to your vacation destination in order to get around. The expense and inconvenience of renting a car in an unfamiliar city can be a hassle, which is why Uber has become such a popular transportation alternative for travelers. And it is not just visitors who do not want to have to rent a car, locals are using Uber too for things like being dropped off at an event with limited parking or for a safe ride home after a night of drinks with friends.
While Uber’s popularity in Santa Barbara is only increasing thanks to its convenience and relatively low cost, our Santa Barbara Uber accident attorneys recognize that the number of Uber accidents are increasing as well. Since Uber drivers are considered independent contractors rather than Uber employees, liability and insurance coverage can be complicated when it comes to accidents. If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, it is advisable to hire an experienced rideshare accident attorney to be sure that you are fairly compensated for your accident injuries and damages.
Since Uber and other rideshare companies technically do not employ their drivers, they are not regulated by the government the way taxi cabs and other drive for hire companies are. This allows rideshares to be more relaxed in their hiring practices, safety training, and insurance coverage. See below for specific areas of concern.
We know there are a lot of benefits to having rideshare companies in Santa Barbara such as allowing people who cannot drive to maintain some independence, making transportation easy and convenient for visitors, and rideshare availability presumably lowers the number of drunk drivers on the road. On the other hand, we also know that rideshares come with their downside and when rideshare companies, at fault drivers, and insurance companies are looking out for their own best interests, you need to have an attorney who is advocating for your best interests. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s fault, contact a Santa Barbara Uber accident attorney at the Compass Law Group, PC to discuss your claim. You deserve to be compensated for all of your resulting injuries and damages such as property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.