Uber offers rideshare service in more than 80 countries across the world. This taxi service has made commuting simple, cheap, and convenient for passengers. Uber’s business model relies on offering commuting services to passengers while helping drivers make extra cash. While this model may seem beneficial to both riders and drivers, Uber’s policies have a varied record, especially in terms of honesty and integrity after an accident.
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Are Uber Drivers Uber Employees?
It is essential to understand that Uber drivers are, in fact, not Uber employees. Uber drivers are hired as independent contractors. This independent contractor is a person who is actually self-employed but holds a contract to service a large company such as Uber. The parent company only pays the independent contractor for their services. This corporate model is just like any other traditional taxi service. The only difference is that the drivers are operating their personal cars.
Uber has a mandatory auto insurance policy for all its drivers even though they are independent contractors. This policy provides a maximum of $1M coverage for accidents that take place when carrying a passenger. Uber also offers this insurance coverage if the Uber app is activated on the driver’s phone, even if they are not completing an Uber trip. Thus, Uber provides all the drivers with coverage like their own employees, but legally they are still independent contractors.
Uber’s Liability in a Car Accident
Uber claims that they screen every driver they recruit and each Uber driver is required to carry a valid insurance policy before driving. However, Uber does not monitor their drivers to ensure that they follow the traffic rules and drive safely. Even if the driver is experienced, an accident can occur and cause injuries to the rider.
The rider’s ability to sue Uber in this case vastly varies. It is mostly dependent on the state laws where the accident occurred and the conditions that led to the accident. As Uber drivers are not actually Uber employees, passengers usually face difficulty suing Uber directly even if the Uber driver’s fault has caused the accident. Instead, filing a lawsuit directly against the driver is a better option for riders to claim compensation for injuries.
Seeking Help from a Good Car Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in an Uber accident, it is recommended to seek legal assistance immediately. A professional and experienced car accident lawyer can help you decipher the confusing and complex Uber policies and help you understand your lawsuit’s legal implications.
Moreover, a knowledgeable attorney will smartly retaliate against the high-pressure strategies adopted by insurance companies to reduce or completely deny your claims. A good Uber accident lawyer will investigate every probable aspect of the accident to establish the cause of your accident and prove fault. Lastly, an attorney will listen to your side of the story, protect your legal rights, and provide the necessary emotional support while ensuring you receive the highest possible reimbursement that you rightfully deserve for your damages.