Services like Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the last decade, in many cases replacing taxi services. These services are especially popular in large, urban cities like Chicago, where people are in need of relatively easy alternative methods of getting across the city without having to drive themselves.
However, pretty much anyone can become a rideshare driver – this includes unsafe and inexperienced drivers. People that have very little experience driving on the congested streets in the City of Chicago can be making money trying to hail fares for hours a day. The lack of experience and lack of training provided to these drivers by Uber and Lyft is a major factor behind so many crashes. At Pullano & Siporin, we have seen first hand how the devastating consequences victims of ride share companies experience when they put their profits over the safety of others.
When you are trying to recover from your injuries, many people are scared and anxious about how to protect their rights and livelihoods in cases involving companies like Uber and Lyft. Who is at fault for the crash? How can I get my medical bills paid? Should Uber/Lyft’s insurance be paying for medical bills? Should the ride share drivers personal insurance be paying? How do I make sure my medical bills are not sent to collections? What amount of insurance is applicable to my claim against Uber/Lyft? Only experienced rideshare lawyers can advise you appropriately, answer these questions, hold the proper parties and insurance companies accountable and maximize your recovery. Only experienced ride share lawyers like ours can can answer all of these questions for you as we have extensive experience pursuing claims against these companies.
At Pullano & Siporin, our attorneys stay abreast of the constantly evolving nature of rideshare accident law, which has a minefield of relatively new and undeveloped legal issues. We understand the best methods of proceeding with cases of this nature and care deeply about advocating for our clients and maximizing their compensation.
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These apps are ubiquitous in large urban areas, they are still relatively new and the law is developing regarding liability. Because its so new, courts have not agreed on the law applicable to these types of businesses. As a result, the extent of rideshare company’s liability is still evolving. Attorneys must stay up to date on changes in the laws and all recent cases to ensure they understand the best methods of proceeding and advocating for their clients. For example, the law is evolving when it comes to whether rideshare drivers are considered “employees” or “independent contractors”. Also, some cities like Chicago mandate some amount of driver training while other municipalities do not. So the duty of care applicable to Uber/Lyft may be different depending on where the crash occurs.
Our attorneys have been at the forefront of the developing law around rideshare companies. As a result, we have a thorough understanding of what the duties and responsibilities of these companies are and significant experience holding them accountable for failing to do so. We work with the foremost rideshare liability experts in the country to discuss exactly what amount and type of training should be required, the extent of background checks that should be conducted and analyzed in order to show all the ways these companies have put their profits over the safety of the public. By doing so, we have been able to secure significant results on behalf of rideshare injury victims.
Every case is different. Factors that influence compensation include the severity and nature of injuries, amount of wages lost, potential lost earning capacity, whether you need ongoing rehabilitation, and the other types of damages and losses you’ve suffered.