January 27th, 2014|
New models for conducting business are popping up throughout the transportation industry, but one of the fastest growing segments are companies that focus on ride sharing. Businesses like Lyft and Uber have gained attention by offering a platform for individuals to offer rides in their personal vehicles to others in their area for a nominal fee. The California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that while these services may seem enticing, they may be unsafe, considering a lack of regulation regarding who is liable in the event of an accident.
Ride sharing services create a grey area in liability, because the individual driving owns the vehicle, not the company. Furthermore, the individual who hires the driver for a ride pays them, not the company. These issues can make it extremely difficult to determine who should cover the costs of damages and injuries caused by an accident.
An article from Venture Beat underscored these questions by reporting on an accident involving a Lyft car that left a pedestrian seriously injured. Reports indicate the incident occurred last week at the corner of Jackson and Larkin streets in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood.