Even on a good day, Cleveland auto accidents are more common than they should be. Add to that personal transportation companies, like Uber and Lyft, that encourage unexperienced, underinsured drivers to serve as part-time taxis, and a lot of things can go wrong. When you are injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, they should be held accountable.
Professional transportation companies, delivery companies, shipping companies all make sure that their drivers have additional training and insurance. They know things go wrong even for their trained and experienced team of drivers, and they take extra precautions to protect themselves and those who have been victims of motor vehicle accidents. But, how does it work with Uber and Lyft?
Uber claims that they do not employee any drivers. They call those who serve as drivers “partner drivers” in an attempt to limit the company’s exposure to risk, among other reasons. Should they be taking more precautions? Is the parent company responsible for their approved freelancers? Should those freelance drivers be taking additional steps to safeguard the safety and welfare of both those they transport and others on the road?
At Lowe Eklund Wakefield, as experienced personal injury attorneys in Cleveland, we believe the answer to those questions is, emphatically, “Yes.”
In Ohio, when a driver signs up for car insurance, he or she has to answer a series of questions before insurance coverage is extended. These include such things as whether the driver will use the car to haul hazardous materials, use the car in carrying out work duties, or use the car for transporting others regularly as part of a job. For most people, the answer to these questions is no. But, when the answer is yes, then the price of insurance premiums increases, and the driver may need to get specific types of insurance or bonding. If a driver is acting as a taxi or limo service, he or she may need more insurance than the typical driver. Many Uber drivers do not invest in the extra insurance. This leaves you—the passenger—with a serious problem if you are injured in an accident caused by an Uber driver.
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So, who is responsible? Let our experienced auto accident attorneys help you understand what’s at stake, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 216-781-2600.
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