By Logan Quirk
Uber has taken off, and many are relying on this transportation service to take them from point A to point B over a taxi or mass transit. While Uber sounds like a good idea, the fine print tell another story. Issues are fast arising regarding Uber and its fine print, especially when a driver is responsible for an accident, or if an on-duty Uber driver causes harm to another, be it a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. In cases such as these, it seems like Uber would be responsible for its own drivers – but the fine print tells otherwise.
Uber considers their drivers to be independent contractors, which means that even though they are contracted by Uber, they actually work for themselves. Few know this, and looking around online, many Uber drivers do not realize this when something happens to their car. According to Uber’s fine print, they receive between 20-25% for each ride that the driver gives, and does not provide them with anything, other than the title of Uber driver. With Uber, both the passenger and driver sign their rights away when it comes to Uber’s responsibility if anything happens. If a passenger is robbed, raped, or murdered, Uber is not responsible. Likewise, if an Uber car is damaged during a paid transport, Uber will not pay for damages.
Something else interesting that comes in Uber’s fine print is that they claim no responsibility if their app is hacked and customer or driver information is stolen. This, Uber claims, is the fault of Google, Apple, Microsoft – everyone but Uber and its app. Whether you are an Uber driver or passenger, you need to know your rights. If you have been affected by Uber’s fine print, you need to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney to check out your options. Even though Uber claims zero responsibility, avenues are being explored, both locally and nationally, to deal with Uber. Many areas have also banned or limited Uber, which is bad for its contractors, but good for the safety of everyone on the road.