When you get into a rideshare vehicle, you put your faith in the driver and their car, trusting they can safely get you from point A to point B. Unfortunately, transportation systems like Uber and Lyft don't always employ the most capable drivers, which can leave passengers at risk. If you are in an accident because of another person's negligence, you have a legal right to seek compensation.
To ensure your accident is handled properly, we encourage you to contact our attorneys at The Potter Law Firm for legal representation.
By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers of cellphone use while driving, but navigation systems and hands-free devices can lead to driver distraction too. Rideshare drivers often use their cell phones or vehicle navigation systems to determine where to take their customers, which can sometimes pull their attention from the road.
Any activity that pulls a driver's eyes, hands, or thoughts from the task at hand is considered a distraction and therefore dangerous. These risky practices exhibited by Uber and Lyft drivers often lead to harmful, even deadly crashes. If you are injured in an accident because of another person's careless driving, you have a right to seek compensation.
By law, all rideshare companies will have insurance to cover damages in the event of an accident, but how far the coverage extends is questionable at best. Because of the finite details surrounding insurance coverage of these big companies, it can be very difficult navigate the legal aspects of liability. Uber and Lyft each hold $1 million in liability coverage, but passengers and drivers are only covered when the respective app is on and the driver is "available." In other words, the app must display that the driver was working at the time of the crash and carrying a passenger.
The 2 most commonly used rideshare giants, Uber and Lyft, do not consider their drivers employees, but as independent contractors, a negotiation that protects them from taking responsibility for the bad behaviors of their drivers. These companies do not have strict driving qualifications, which means some of the drivers they hire are likely unqualified and potentially unsafe. However, these companies to require that each driver have his or her own auto insurance coverage. This means, if you are in an accident, you could seek compensation from the driver's insurance.
Car accidents can be extremely traumatizing, and may leave passengers with lasting mentally and physical harm. If you were harmed in an accident due to another person or company's carelessness, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical damages, and pain and suffering. At The Potter Law Firm, we are family operated, which means we put great value in the personal interactions we give to each of our clients. Our founding attorney, Charles A. Potter has over 50 years of legal experience, and has represented hundreds of clients throughout Arkansas and Texas. We are confident in our ability to handle any case that comes our way. Let us offer you our legal guidance, and trust our attorneys to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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