With the rapid popularity of billion dollar rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft, many governmental agencies have struggled to enforce proper regulations. In recent years, rideshare companies have become a worldwide phenomenon, grossing over $11.3 billion dollars in 2018, but also discovering new controversies along the way. From sexual harassment cases to car accident settlements, Uber alone has paid out over $100 million in penalty charges.
Among the plethora of lawsuits, perhaps the most debated is whether rideshare company drivers should be considered as “employees” or “independent contractors”. Depending on the state, the difference between the two classifications can differ greatly, offering certain protections to the driver and limiting the company’s liabilities.
In this article we will discuss the similarities between the two distinctions and how they affect liability during a personal injury case. The experts at West Coast Trial Lawyers have over 60 years of collective experience and can answer any questions you may have in regard to car accidents and personal injury.