Ride-share Liability

May 2023

Ride-sharing services have revolutionized the way that people commute.  They provide a service that provides a convenient transportation option.  This option is available with just a tap on the phone.  

As with any mode of transportation, accidents occur.  Ride-sharing services attempt to classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.  This distinguishes them from a taxi-service.  This allows ride-sharing services to avoid payroll taxes, unemployment benefits and sick leave. This is a legal distinction that will surely be litigated in the coming years.

The liability determination in a ride-share collision is determined just like any car collision.  The fact that a ride-share driver was involved can greatly complicate how the liability is allocated amongst the various insurance companies that have policies applicable to the collision.  

If you have been injured in a ride-share collision, take the time to contact Herrick & Hart.  We have been on the side of the injured since 1951.  We place our focus on the area of personal injury law.


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