Can You Sue Uber?

In mid 2012 a new way of getting around started to catch on. It’s kind of like a taxi but with the convenience of an app and the novelty young millennials love. Ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft emerged as a dominate force most taxi services struggled to compete with. These companies were the first of their kind to truly catch fire and see considerable growth.

While this latest innovation was heralded as a marvelous combination of an age old service and modern tech, this new concept left legal experts and lawmakers concerned. These companies aren’t buying the cars and drivers aren’t technically licensed to be chauffeurs, so how do you regulate this new industry that seems to be growing at a record pace?

Uber maintains they are merely a tech company that creates a marketplace, not a transportation company. If this is true, then who is liable for any damage and injury caused by their drivers?

Since the explosion of the ridesharing industry, federal, state and even city lawmakers have been scrambling to solve this problem. Each state and city has different rules about what Uber and other ridesharing companies can do and where liability falls.

A few years ago an Uber driver hit and killed a six-year-old girl celebrating New Year’s Eve with her mom. As expected, Uber wanted nothing to do with the case. It claimed that since the driver was not currently on a fair and therefore not on the clock, no liability can be placed on the company.

Ridesharing companies want to enjoy freedoms that come with having an ambiguous legal status, but lawmakers are unlikely to let this happen much longer. The more incidents that will undoubtedly happen will only build more pressure to enforce regulations. If you have been injured by Uber, Lyft or any other ridesharing service call the personal injury experts at the Law Offices of Flint & Soyars.


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