What is a Rideshare?

Ridesharing is relatively new to the transportation landscape considering taxis arrived on the scene in the early 1900’s. In less than a decade, major companies like Uber and Lyft, and lesser-known companies like Sidecar, have gone from a novelty to a mainstream way to get from Point A to Point B quickly and affordably.

Ridesharing is an umbrella term for transportation that can be any type of vehicle that carries multiple passengers. Peer-to-peer ridesharing is where companies like Uber and Lyft fall. Anyone that needs a ride can download the company app and request a ride from an independent contractor. This means that drivers for any of these on-demand companies are not required to carry a commercial license to transport passengers, like taxis, but instead can drive under their regular, state-issued driver’s license as long as they have an appropriate inspected vehicle, valid registration and auto insurance, and have passed a general background check provided by the company.

There is no doubt that ridesharing has improved the way we get around. There are downsides to this newer method of transportation, however.

When an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in an accident, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. Both Uber and Lyft require drivers to have personal auto insurance, but this often doesn’t cover commercial driving. Both companies provide additional liability insurance in the case of accidents, but it can be difficult to get any insurance company to pay for injuries and damage.

Drivers who want to drive for Uber and Lyft are given very basic, yearly background check and are not interviewed face-to-face. This will include a check of driver history and a seven-year criminal background check done by a third-party company that does not include fingerprinting or drug testing like taxi companies.

The requirements for passing the rideshare background checks include:

  • The driver has been driving for at least a year (unless under the age of 23, then they must have a three-year driving record)
  • No major moving violations in the past seven years and no minor moving violations in the past three years
  • No conviction of a felony, sexual offense, or violent crime in the past seven years
  • If there are pending charges on a background check, Uber or Lyft will make the decision on a case-by-case basis

Because of recent issues with driver safety, rideshare companies are also including other methods for safety, including allowing friends or family to know your route and arrival time, drivers license plate number and car type, as well as methods to report any accidents or other issues within the app of choice. Even with these precautions, rideshare accidents do occur.

We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare auto accident due to another’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.