Ride-sharing services are on the rise, but they may not be as safe as they say. After a deadly accident involving a ride-sharing driver in California, questions are being raised about who pays when something goes wrong with this new carpooling technique.
An article from the LA Times discusses how companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have previously insisted that the insurance provided to drivers is sufficient to cover accidents, but there is new light shed on the murky legal waters that these taxi-like services operate in.
On New Years Eve, according to the article, an Uber driver hit and killed a 6-year-old child who was crossing the street with her family. It is unclear whether Uber is liable for this fatality.
Uber initially distanced itself from the accident, insisting that the driver was not covered by Uber’s insurance policy at the time of the accident because he was not carrying any passengers. [Read more…]