Uber and the Downsides of Ride Sharing

Our Car Accident Lawyer Tells All

Uber has revolutionized the taxi business in ways that no other company has in many decades! More and more people are signing up to be third party drivers for the technology company while millions of Americans have downloaded the app and are now regular users of its ride-sharing services. Convenience is just one of the many advantages that the app provides its users. But are there any downsides to using the app? In this post, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer with Wilshire Law Firm takes a look at some of the pros and cons of using the app.

Pros

Convenience:

Instead of having to wait endlessly for a taxi at a corner street or calling and waiting for a taxi in suburbs, Uber users simply click a few buttons on their app and wait at the luxury of their homes or workplaces for the Uber driver to arrive. This is more safe and convenient for a passenger than waiting for a long period outside, especially at night. You also don’t need to carry cash with you as you can easily link your card to the app and get charged automatically.

Safety:

Uber vets drivers before allowing them to work for them. The fact that you can track the ride on a map means that you will know the parts of town you are going to and you can act quickly if you guess that the driver is taking you somewhere else.

Experience:

You can have an amazing experience on Uber because quite a number of their drivers are just regular guys who are driving to earn some money on the side. Most of them are friendly and very professional. You can also rate your experience with a particular driver – which further helps weed out the unprofessional ones and improve passenger experience!Commercial coverage:

Uber carries commercial coverage that covers riders from the moment they are picked to the point they are dropped. If you get involved in an accident as a passenger, contact us and we will assign to you a car accident lawyer who will help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Downsides

As is the case with many other mobile apps, Uber also has its disadvantages. Here are some of the most important ones:

Part-time drivers:

As mentioned before, quite a significant number of Uber drivers are average guys who just want to make something extra on the side. The fact that they might be part-time drivers means that they might not be motivated to reach the high standards of safety and professionalism that you can expect from taxi drivers.

Lack of clearly established regulations:

That fact that Uber is a technology company means it is not yet held to the same standards as yellow cab companies. There are some things you would be entitled to in a traditional taxi company such as health benefits and other benefits that you would not get as an Uber driver.

Insurance coverage:

You could get sued for thousands of dollars as an Uber driver if you get into an accident and are found to be liable for the rider’s injuries, which your personal auto insurance won’t likely cover according to the Association of California Insurance Companies. You could also possibly lose your personal insurance for not telling the insurer that you are an Uber driver. Also, Uber is insisting that riders (passengers) be partly covered by the driver’s personal insurance. However, many in the insurance industries are insisting that personal insurance policies do not provide any coverage in such situations.

As you can see, there are quite a number of positives as well as negatives. The main issue with using ride-sharing companies is the uncertainty concerning coverage. Uber insists on its website that the drivers’ personal insurance cover will provide some coverage while auto insurers say they won’t provide any coverage.

If you have been involved in an Uber accident and you are worried about who will foot your medical bills, please contact us and you will be connected to an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.