New Orleans, LA Uber Driver Accident Injury Lawyer
Uber and Lyft companies were given privileges to pick up fares in New Orleans after the City Council voted for approval. Just like other cities that have allowed these ride-sharing services, the decision was not without some controversy. One of the biggest oppositional groups is that of taxi drivers – which view Uber and Lyft as a threat to their livelihood. However, there are citizens with no financial stake that are equally concerned, especially when it comes to the safety of passengers – and the screening process, insurance policies and overall issue of accidents.
What if You Are in an Accident With a Ridesharing Driver?
If you are a passenger or a driver involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may wonder how auto insurance will apply. Also, if a passenger or other driver is seriously injured because of the negligence of the ride-sharing driver, who would they sue to gain compensation for their injuries? These are just some of the legal issues that have arisen regarding ride-sharing.
After an accident with a ride-sharing driver, the procedure should be similar to any other vehicle accident. That means the victim must prove liability – meaning who is at fault for the accident – to win their case. This is where an experienced car accident attorney comes into play.
If the ride-sharing driver is liable for the accident, they will be a defendant in the claim. During normal car accident claims, the case would be filed with the insurer. However, most auto insurance companies do not extend their coverage to drivers while they are engaging in ride-sharing actions. Therefore, the driver is obligated to obtain additional contingent liability coverage – otherwise they are considered “uninsured.”
Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, have attempted to deny liability for their drivers – claiming they are independent contractors that are personally responsible. Even if the Uber driver was clearly negligent, the plaintiff would have to hold the driver liable, because the company will deny all responsibility.
There is litigation pending against Uber which may change the classification of these ride-sharing services very soon – ensuring their drivers are classified as employees rather than independent contractors. This could have far-reaching consequences for all ride-sharing services and how accidents will be handled in the future.
Injured by a Ride-Sharing Driver? Contact an Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident due to a ride-sharing driver, contact Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC today. We understand the complexities of the independent contractor versus employee with these ride-sharing programs. We have experience in litigating such cases and can help you seek the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and losses. To get started, contact us for a free case review at 844-339-2884 or complete an online contact form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.