A Kentucky rideshare accident attorney can help individuals who have been injured or harmed as a result of an accident involving a rideshare driver or their vehicle. Although ridesharing apps have become a popular option for riders and drivers in major cities throughout the world, lawsuits allege driver negligence resulted in tragic fatal accidents. People who have been injured in accidents involving a rideshare automobile could be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Kentucky rideshare accident lawyer.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Kentucky today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Kentucky rideshare accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is a Rideshare?
Ridesharing, often called carpooling, is a form of transportation in which people share their vehicles for a variety of reasons. In most cases, people are looking to save money on gas. As smartphone technology has advanced over the course of the last few years, ridesharing has taken on new meaning. Companies like Lyft and Uber offer ridesharing services to both drivers and passengers through their apps and social media networks. These types of ridesharing companies are also referred to as transportation networking companies or services.
How Do Ridesharing Apps Work?
Passengers who wish to “hail” a ride must complete a few steps that usually take just a few minutes. Those steps include:
- Passengers download the app, sign up and provide personal profile information, including credit card or PayPal information.
- Passengers place a ride request through the app and wait as a nearby driver (who works for that company) accepts the request
- Using GPS, drivers take passengers to their destination.
- Once a passenger reaches their destination, a fare amount is sent to their smartphone app and is automatically paid.
People who wish to work as a driver for ridesharing companies must meet a certain number of requirements before they are able to pick up passengers. Lyft and Uber have their own set of standards as well as car insurance requirements.
Rideshare Lawsuit Claims
On New Year’s Eve 2013, an Uber driver struck a mother and her two children as they were crossing a street in San Francisco. After the accident, one of the little girls died from her injuries. Uber initially distanced itself from the accident, stating that the driver was not an employee at the time of the accident because he was not in the process of delivering a passenger. The family of the little girl filed a lawsuit the following year, and Uber eventually settled the case.
Since the accident, rideshare companies have faced scrutiny for its lack of insurance and accountability. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians who are injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver could be eligible to file a lawsuit with the help of a Kentucky rideshare accident attorney.
How a Kentucky Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help
Rideshare companies and their drivers have a duty to provide a safe environment for its passengers, drivers, other commuters, and pedestrians. If there are risks of harm associated with rideshare company drivers, the company must also provide adequate warnings and safeguards. If a driver fails to fulfill this duty, they, as well as the company, could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured as a result of a car accident involving a rideshare car through no fault of their own may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died in car accidents may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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