By Logan Quirk
UBER ONE STEP CLOSER IN LAS VEGAS
According to the LA Times, Nevada could possibly start allowing Uber and Lyft services as soon as July 1st. The state legislation just passed a bill allowing the once banned companies to start-up again in the state. If the governor signs the bill into law, Uber and Lyft could soon give taxi companies stiff competition. Taxi companies are not pleased, and neither are concerned citizens. The concern comes from the lack of protection ride-share companies give their drivers and passengers in the event of an accident or injury.
If you have been injured by an Uber driver, or if you are an Uber driver and you have been injured on the job, you need to contact a local personal injury attorney. While incidents in Las Vegas are non-existent right now, they are bound to happen. This is because ride-share companies have extensive “fine print” while severely limits what they can and cannot be held responsible for. In the case of Uber, they consider themselves responsible for nothing. Yes, nothing.
Uber does not “employee” its drivers, but rather allows them to drive for them, under an independent contract. For drivers, this means that they are responsible for practically everything – insurance, car damage, tickets, and passenger injuries – and that Uber gets a free pass. Searching around the web, there are forums dedicated to Uber drivers, many who did not realize that Uber was not liable for anything until it was too late. The same is in effect for passengers: Uber is not responsible for your ride or your injuries. You can be raped, mugged, kidnapped, or killed, and Uber claims zero responsibility. You waive your rights to sue Uber when you click the little “I have read the terms and conditions” box before scheduling your ride.
This is not to say that Uber drivers are bad. Uber does background checks on its contracted drivers, but as we all know, a background check will only show what someone has been arrested for. Every driver should be sure to check over their rights and the fine print before becoming an Uber contracted driver. And every passenger – even if you only need to use Uber once – should review the fine print, and weigh the pros and cons. All it takes is one wrong turn to flip your life upside down, and it is all too possible when taken a ride from a ride-sharing driver.