Maryland Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Rideshare vehicles have become incredibly common on Maryland’s roads. Some might argue that apps like Uber and Lyft are making it easier for people to get around without relying on expensive taxis. They might even argue that these apps make life safer – allowing intoxicated people to get home without getting into accidents. But as we are slowly discovering, rideshare apps also pose serious danger to innocent motorists, especially when you consider how these apps operate.
Can you really sue a rideshare app for causing your injury? What kinds of issues might you experience as you strive for justice and compensation? What do you need to prove? What happens in this legal process, and is it really worth suing?
Why Rideshare Companies Pose Such a Threat to Maryland Motorists
But why exactly are apps like Uber and Lyft so dangerous for innocent motorists in Maryland? First, you need to consider how these drivers are paid. They do not receive an hourly wage, and they are instead paid based on how many trips they complete each day. Because of this, drivers are incentivized to drive as quickly as possible, potentially ignoring safety priorities in favor of higher profits. This system is put in place by the rideshare companies themselves, and drivers must rush if they want to earn a reliable income.
You might argue that these issues are nothing new. After all, taxi drivers are also paid based on how many trips they complete. The difference is that taxi drivers can join unions and other labor groups that guarantee their rights and continued employment regardless of whether they choose to rush or not. In addition, taxi drivers are often classified as employees, giving them additional rights and protections under US labor laws. In contrast, Uber and Lyft drivers are almost always classified as “independent contractors,” meaning they have very basic protections and rights.
Because rideshare drivers are independent contractors, there is little risk of being fired by a supervisor for unsafe behavior. They are their own bosses, and that means that they can feel free to engage in all kinds of misconduct behind the wheel. Finally, Uber and Lyft drivers are often distracted by constant texts and updates from their app. They may constantly have one eye on their device to watch out for potential new fares. This can cause serious accidents.
How Do I Sue Uber or Lyft?
Suing Uber or Lyft directly is often a much better move compared to suing the individual driver behind the wheel. Why? Because Uber and Lyft are heavily insured against personal injury claims, and they have the potential to pay out large settlements. The same cannot be said for Uber drivers, who are usually living paycheck to paycheck.
There are certain challenges that you need to be aware of when suing Uber directly. First of all, this company will usually attempt to dodge liability by stating that the driver was not actively working for them at the time of the crash. According to Uber, they can only be held liable if the driver was “on the clock,” so to speak. This means that in order to sue Uber, you usually must show that the driver was carrying a paying Uber passenger at the time of the crash.
What Happens When I Sue Uber?
If you sue Uber or Lyft, you may need to negotiate with them outside of court for a settlement. With a qualified personal injury attorney at your side, it should be easy to fight for the settlement you need to cover your medical expenses, missed wages, and emotional distress. Often, you will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement that prevents you from revealing the details of your settlement to the public.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Rideshare Accident Lawyer in Maryland?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced rideshare accident lawyer in Maryland, look no further than the Law Office of Ben Evan. We know how dangerous rideshare apps can be, and we can help you strive for justice and compensation after injuries. You may be struggling with medical expenses, missed wages, and emotional distress after these incidents. You do not have to simply sit back and accept these damages.
Book your consultation today and stand up for your rights. Big tech companies like Uber and Lyft should not be allowed to cause serious injuries without consequences. We have the experience necessary to hold them accountable. Reach out now to get started with an effective action plan.
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