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Despite their immense popularity in the Beverly Hills area, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are not entirely safe. Taxi drivers have a reputation for aggressive driving, but the same can be said for some Uber or Lyft drivers. It is a valid source of concern for passengers that their driver will not drive safely or follow the rules of the road. A ridesharing passenger literally has no control over whether their driver speeds or is being careful while switching lanes or making turns. 

Another serious concern involved with getting into a car with a stranger is whether they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most ridesharing drivers are of course sober, but there is always the possibility that a driver could be under the influence. 

Ridesharing companies have several safety requirements in place, which will be further discussed below. For starters, drivers must have a clean driving record. However, this does not necessarily mean that an individual has never driven while under the influence. Horror stories of rideshare drivers getting drunk before or during shifts are all too common.

The threat of sexual assault is another well documented, legitmate fear. Female passengers in particular are at an especially heightened risk of being subject to inappropriate sexual behavior. Unfortunately, there have been several instances where a rider has been sexually assaulted, or in the worst cases, raped.

Claims against Uber and Lyft are especially complex. These cases will take into consideration whether a driver was logged into the app when an incident occurred and will often result in multiple claims against the company, the driver, or other drivers. Further complicating issues of liability is the recent passing of AB-5, which will affect employee classification and the way these claims are handled.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Beverly Hills Uber/Lyft accident attorneys 24/7 at (310) 928-0990 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about Uber/Lyft related claims and damages you may be entitled to.

How Safe Is Uber, Really? 

Uber, for example, has their drivers undergo a background check. These background checks are run by a third-party and Uber is then informed about the results. Uber typically runs background checks annually, but they can request one whenever they deem it necessary. Drivers must be clear of felony convictions, violent crimes, or sexual offenses. However, Uber may choose to hire certain non-violent felons, but it depends on the circumstances and the nature of the crime. 

In order to be as thorough as possible, Uber will look into:
  1. Federal courthouse records 
  2. County courthouse records for every county of residence in the past 7 years 
  3. Social security traces 
  4. The multi-state criminal database 
  5. Motor vehicle records 
  6. National sex offender registry 
In addition to a background check, drivers must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Three traffic incidents or less in the past 3 years  
  2. No speeding violations in the last 3 years 
  3. One year of U.S licensing history 
  4. No DUI’s or dangerous driving charges. California residents must not have a DUI in the past 10 years  
What About Ab-5?

The passing of California Senate Bill AB-5 is a game changer when it comes to the way ridesharing claims in Beverly Hills will be handled from now on. This bill primarily affects employee classification. Uber and Lyft both took aggressive action and spent millions of dollars fighting to keep their drivers enlisted as independent contractors. Classifying their drivers as contractors rather than employees works strongly in their favor, because employers are generally not responsible for the negligent or criminal behavior of independent contractors.  

However, as mentioned, it has become impossible to ignore the countless reports of drivers engaging in sexual misconduct, driving while intoxicated or being involved in physical altercations. Though these billion dollar rideshare companies took a strong stance against AB5, it is now understood that rideshare drivers ARE employees and not independent contractors.

California is presently enforcing its AB 5 bill, and the rules regarding rideshare drivers’ employee classification will change. According to this new law, many of California’s independent contractors, including Uber and Lyft drivers, are considered employees. 

This means that if you were involved in a ridesharing accident involving personal injury and property damage, the ridesharing company can be held responsible.

If you were involved in a Uber/Lyft related accident in the Beverly Hills area and are unsure of your rights or whether you are entitled to file a claim for the recovery of damages, it is crucial that you contact the experienced Beverly Hills Uber/Lyft attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers to understand your options. 

When Can I Sue For A Beverly Hills Uber/Lyft Accident?

Liability in an Uber or Lyft accident is generally determined the same way that liability is determined in most personal injury claims. This means that a driver, individual, or group who caused you to suffer injuries will typically be held responsible for your losses and any resulting damages. However, you must have suffered injuries and your injuries must have been caused by negligence. When it comes to Uber or Lyft related accidents, negligence can include any number of careless or reckless behaviors. 

Examples of Uber/Lyft driver negligence may include, but are not limited to speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence, disobeying traffic signals or laws, and more.

Negligent behavior is against the law, because all drivers, including Uber and Lyft drivers, have a duty of care while behind the wheel. In other words, ridesharing drivers are legally bound to use reasonable care while operating a vehicle. They must also be mindful of pedestrians and road conditions and follow all traffic laws. 

If you were injured in an accident because of an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, you must be able to show that their negligence directly caused your injuries. However, if you were driving your own vehicle and were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, please be aware that there are special circumstances at play. If the ridesharing driver was not logged onto the app when he or she hit you, the accident will be treated like a normal car accident. But if the driver was logged into the app when the accident occurred, then their commercial insurance policy will go into effect.

We strongly recommend speaking with an experienced Beverly Hills Uber/Lyft accident attorney if you have been involved in any type of accident with a ridesharing service.  West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help

If you have sustained injuries in an Uber or Lyft related accident as a result of someone’s negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills Uber/Lyft accident attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. Call us today at  (310) 928-0990 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.


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