Need an Injury Attorney for an Uber/Ridesharing Accident in Wisconsin?
What would happen if the ridesharing service you trusted with your life was not as trustworthy as you once thought? Unfortunately, many people figure this out too late – after they have sustained serious injuries in a ridesharing accident and aren’t sure where to turn as far as compensation is concerned. When you don’t have an attorney on your side to help you get the best results in your case, you could be left in the dust when it comes to a ridesharing accident and won’t be able to receive compensation for a variety of aspects related to your case.
You utilize Uber and other ridesharing services because you love the quick easiness of calling somebody and having them pick you up within a matter of minutes to take you to your destination. But what happens if, on your way to that location, the driver acts negligently and gets involved in a serious accident? Now you’re left with serious injuries and lost wages because you can’t return to work – and you aren’t sure where to turn. We have all the answers.
Is the Driver an Employee or Independent Contractor?
When you call your Uber driver, you’re concerned about one thing – getting to your next destination as safely as possible. Many people do not think about the little details when it comes to ridesharing drivers, which is a driver’s relationship with the company they work for. You may have even assumed that a ridesharing driver is an employee through Uber or another company because this is what their relationship seems like on the surface. But when you look deeper, you actually find that many of these drivers are actually “independent contractors,” which changes some elements in your case.
Independent contractors follow totally different rules when it comes to their business relationship. For instance, they are not seen as real employees and they tend to make their own schedules, which means they are working on their own time. If a driver is considered an independent contractor, this means that, technically, an employer does not have to take responsibility for the accident. This means that a driver may have to compensate you for your losses through their own policy or by paying for your treatment.
However, if a driver is considered an employee, the employer will have to pay for your damages under a theory known as “vicarious liability.” This theory states that, if a driver injures you and was working in the line of work when the accident occurred, an employer will have to pay for your damages.
However, this is where the lines get skewed a bit in these unique cases. Uber, as with many other ridesharing companies, has actually adopted an enormous policy that covers riders up to $1 million when it comes to an accident. For many, this is a useful policy and will protect them in their time of need. But what happens if your injuries are so serious, even permanent, that they exceed that $1 million? You may need further compensation for your injuries, and we are here for you.
Ridesharing accidents invite in many complex laws. Seeing as ridesharing services are still slightly new, we don’t have tons of statistics regarding these accidents and news is constantly evolving concerning these companies. We can help if you have been injured in a serious ridesharing accident and need our help. Don’t wait, and act today.