Uber, Lyft, or other rideshares are convenient and cost effective. Yet rideshare vehicle drivers are just as prone to car accidents as other drivers, as they have no special safety training. And drivers need not undergo rigorous background checks. The only real requirement to drive for a rideshare company is a car and a regular driver’s license. If you were injured by an Uber or Lyft driver, or you were one of the thousands who are sexually assaulted each year during a rideshare, contact Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers for a free legal consultation.
Avoiding liability for injuries is at the core of Uber’s business plan. Uber’s goal is profit without accountability. Uber knows how to avoid paying claims, regardless of how straight forward the claims may appear. Retaining a lawyer with experience in rideshare claims gives you the best chance of having your claim taken seriously and resolved fairly.
The rideshare industry was born in California. The advent of Uber and Lyft allows drivers with no special training or background to pick up passengers and transport them at low cost to the rider. While the rideshare industry has boomed in popularity, it experienced legal issues from the beginning. Many riders wondered about the safety of Uber and Lyft vehicles compared to traditional taxis. Taxi companies hired their drivers after thorough background checks and application processes. Then, they trained their drivers and used standardized vehicles that underwent regular inspections.
Neither Uber nor Lyft trains its drivers. While they conduct background checks, they are cursory and extend back only seven years. Neither company even meets its drivers before allowing them to pick up and transport passengers. Uber and Lyft refuse to participate in vehicle safety or inspections. They blindly trust drivers to take adequate care of their vehicles. The lax hiring procedures at rideshare companies have contributed to the hundreds of car accidents and assault claims involving Uber and Lyft drivers
Both rideshare companies have $1 million insurance policies to cover passenger injuries. Obtaining a fair settlement, however, is never easy. The best way to hold Uber or Lyft responsible for your recent damages is with help from an attorney
Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers has decades of experience handling simple to complex car accident and criminal assault cases. We have fought and won cases on behalf of injured rideshare passengers. If you or a loved one was recently in any type of accident or confrontation with an Uber or Lyft driver in San Mateo, call (650) 453-3600 or send us a message for a free consultation at our local law firm.