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Uber Accident Settlements And Laws


As a colossal, multibillion dollar company that spans over 700 cities, it is no surprise that Uber Technologies Inc. has had its fair share of lawsuits. From drivers to passengers, many have had disputes with the monster corporation ranging from personal injury claims to wrongful termination allegations. 

Due to their convoluted policies, which vary from state to state, resolving ridesharing issues can be tricky. Rather than fight with Uber directly, many seek the help of the qualified Los Angeles rideshare lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers. Hiring a Los Angeles Uber lawyer will help protect your rights and also increases your chances of getting a favorable Uber settlement. 

 

Uber Laws in California 

Due to the rapid growth of Uber, Lyft, and other Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), many states are discovering an infinite variety of possible threats and regulation challenges. 

When questioned, Jarvis Murray of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation Network Companies is quoted as saying, “Their rapid rise — and essentially unregulated rise – have led to increased congestion, as well as an increased concern related to crimes committed by TNC drivers, including sexual assault. Despite these issues, local jurisdictions have been unable to obtain any data related to TNC operations, drivers or even driver conduct.”  

Rules To Protect The Uber Rider 

According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, there are approximately 100,000 to 250,000 TNC drivers in Los Angeles, which can average over 8.9 million trips a year. For the protection of its citizens, California has attempted to manage Uber by assigning the following rules:

  1. In compliance with the California Public Utilities Commission Decision D.17-11-010 and Pub. Util. Code § 5445.2, all driver-partners must pass an annual background check.
  2. All riders are required to display their Uber decal on the windshield on the front passenger side. 
  3. Vehicles need to be inspected once a year or every 50,000 miles. 
  4. Riders must be of legal age. Drivers are not permitted to transport unaccompanied minors or single riders under the age of 18. 

Rules To Protect The Uber Driver 

California is known for its progressive policies and has made efforts to safeguard the rights of Uber drivers. In most states, Uber classifies their drivers as “independent contractors” rather than employees. This frees the company from regulating wages, overtime, meal periods, unemployment insurance, health care subsidies, workers compensation, and rest breaks. It also allows Uber to legally end the contract for whatever reason, whenever they please. California laws protect employees from mistreatment, but it does not extend these measures to independent contractors. 

Drivers themselves have protested against mistreatment and unfair wages. There has been so much debate over whether Uber and Lyft should consider their drivers as employees that the state has drafted the bill AB5, which will make it more difficult for companies to hire drivers as independent contractors. The bill has been approved by the state Assembly, and the California Senate will be voting on the proposal by the end of the summer.  

How Much Can I Get From An Uber Settlement?

The amount of money you will get from an Uber settlement is dependent on various factors. In many situations, the victim’s damages are measured along with liability. For example, if you are a pedestrian struck by an Uber driver, your settlement could be affected by the lighting on the road, the time of day, and even the color of your outfit. Always hire a qualified rideshare lawyer to achieve the best result. 

When Do You Need A Ride Share Lawyer?

It is imperative to contact a rideshare lawyer as soon as possible if you are the victim of an accident and were injured or suffered property damage. Uber has a long history of settling claims per their Uber settlement policy. However, without proper legal representation, you may not be getting all you are entitled to for your damages. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

Our personal injury attorneys will not charge you for a consultation. Our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk to prevent you from reaching out. Our qualified personal injury lawyers are highly-trained and have extensive experience with cases that are similar to yours. We are committed to helping you resolve your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, reach out to our legal team 24 hours a day by calling us at (213) 927-3700 or emailing info@westcoasttriallawyers.com.



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