There is no denying that ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft have introduced a whole new layer to the world of public transportation. When you arrive somewhere new, there is no need to spend ages trying to find a cab, or to opt for using the bus instead when you cannot find one. Instead, your cellphone puts a ride right in the palm of your hand – all you need to do is tap the screen a couple of times, and your driver will soon be on their way. Tracking your driver, and having instant access to their details are also considerable advantages. The fact that Uber has become the biggest taxi cab service in the world without owning even a single-vehicle speaks volumes for the popularity of these ridesharing services.
However, while Uber and Lyft employ a lucrative business model which involves enabling any qualified driver with their own vehicle to earn money as a driver, they are not without their risks and problems. There has been some speculation about the safety of using these services, despite the screening process prospective drivers must complete, and it has been surmised that the fact that just about anyone can drive for Uber or Lyft may contribute to the number of car accidents occurring. In reality, car accidents are a regular occurrence on busy Torrance roads, regardless of the presence of ridesharing services.
Regardless of your point of view of these ridesharing services, if you are injured in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, or are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car when it is involved in a collision, an attorney from Compass Law Group, PC could help you recover damages. As early adopters of technological advancements, our Torrance Uber and Lyft attorneys could prove a very valuable addition to your case.
Although you may have heard quite a few horror stories about the safety of using services such as Uber and Lyft, the drivers are subjected to detailed background checks every year. California law relating to these ridesharing apps was tightened in early 2017, meaning that driving contracts are not available to anyone who:
If Uber or Lyft are found to be employing drivers who fall into any of the above categories, fines of $5,000 per driver can be imposed.
In terms of insurance, Torrance Uber and Lyft drivers must hold their own auto insurance cover, in addition to that offered to passengers by the ridesharing services themselves. Uber covers passengers for up to $1 million in bodily damage or total accident costs.
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be unsure about adding legal costs to the mounting medical expenses and other costs you are already facing. When you work with a Compass Law Group, PC Torrance Uber/Lyft accident attorney, it will be on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay us until we successfully secure a settlement on your behalf.
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.