When someone is injured or dies because of a rideshare driver’s negligence, malice or recklessness, it may be in the victim and their family’s best interest to discuss their situation with a rideshare law firm Washington DC is fortunate to have in its midst.
With the launch of the San Francisco based ridesharing company Uber at the end of 2011, it revolutionized transportation options for many people. Its popularity with young people was almost instantaneous and nowadays, has spread to include many different U.S. populations that are now dependent on rideshare services. Uber and Lyft vehicles are seen all over most major U.S. cities and in many world cities.
These app-based ridesharing services have also started to come under scrutiny for failing to create and regulate safety measures for their passengers. Any new technology or service will likely have their glitches when they are initially made available to the public, and ridesharing companies are not an exception to this.
Individual and class-action lawsuits have forced these companies to become more accountable for the services they offer yet, many people are still injured as a result of a rideshare driver’s negligence, and/or malicious or reckless behavior.
Background Checks Unlike taxi companies, many app-based ridesharing companies use
3rd-party companies to run background checks on their drivers. They do not typically involve law
enforcement or require applicants and new hires to be fingerprinted. Some of these companies
did not even do background checks when they first started and only after lawsuits and public
scrutiny do they now perform them before hiring drivers.
If you think that a rideshare driver’s negligent, malicious, and/or reckless behavior causedyou or someone close to you to be injured or to lose their life, it may be beneficial to talk to a rideshare law firm Washington DC rider share injury victims and their families recommend.
Car Accidents Currently, Uber and Lyft provide a $1,000,000 insurance policy to cover drivers
and passengers involved in accidents. This is to cover medical expenses, injuries and deaths in
the following situations:
- Rideshare passengers who are injured during a ride
- Rideshare drivers injured in car accidents that were someone else’s
- Motorists, pedestrians and bystanders that are injured in accidents
caused by a rideshare driver
Rideshare Related Injuries Even though many people are injured because of accidents
involving a rideshare drivers, accidents are not the only causes of injuries. People who are
passengers in rideshare cars, passengers and drivers of other cars, and pedestrians are all prone
to injuries from negligent, malicious and/or reckless rideshare drivers.
Common incidents where innocent people are injured and in some cases die in rideshare related
incidents include but are not limited to:
- Sexual assaults and rape
- Physical assaults and battery
When someone is injured in an incident involving a rideshare driver or if someone dies because of this, the victim and/or their family may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. This is typically sought after through a personal injury claim. Many people find it easier and more efficient to do this with the help of a law firm that is experienced in successfully defending the rights of injured people and their families.
For a rideshare law firm Washington DC residents can rely on with over 30 years of experience successfully defending injured people and their families’ rights, contact Cohen & Cohen for a free case evaluation with no obligation.