In New Orleans and other areas of Louisiana, ride-sharing programs like Uber are becoming increasingly common. Drivers can make extra money and passengers have a more convenient, cost-effective means of transport than they do with taxis.
However, there are significant risks in Uber and similar programs. If you are injured in an accident with an Uber driver, who is liable to pay damages? Learn how to protect your rights.
How Does Uber Ride-Sharing Work?
Private drivers, unaffiliated with any particular taxi company, can become drivers on the Uber platform. According to the Uber website, becoming a driver with Uber takes "less than 4 minutes." The basic requirements are a valid license, clean record and a basic background check.
Using a simple app installed on their smart phones, Uber passengers can click to request a ride, and an Uber driver can choose to accept.
Although this arrangement can present a significant cost savings and convenience compared to traditional taxi cab fares, it should raise some red flags for potential passengers. One of the most serious concerns arises in the aftermath of a serious auto accident: Who is responsible to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages and other damages to an Uber passenger?
Protect Your Rights
In traditional taxis, there are fully licensed companies that can be held financially liable for damages that arise from an auto accident. In the case of accidents involving Uber drivers, the liability is not so clear.
The way Uber works under the law, its drivers are considered private contractors, and as such, Uber is not responsible for their actions in the way the company would be if the drivers were considered employees.
While the question of liability in Uber and other similar ride-sharing accidents is still being argued in the courts, the best thing you can do is protect your rights. The best thing to do is work with a reputable group of attorneys you trust, lawyers who have extensive experience handling Uber and other ride sharing accident claims. At Bruno & Bruno, we have extensive experience representing ride-share accident victims. Talk with an attorney today.