Since Uber & Lyft were introduced in 2009 and 2012 respectively, both entities shook up the transportation world dramatically. These companies have provided an easier and more affordable method of getting from one point to another through their ridesharing services.
The term ridesharing has been coined to refer to the action of individuals using their own vehicles to provide transportation for others at a nominal fee. Drivers must be in a working relationship with an established ridesharing entity, or they are not able to charge a fee for transporting people. Hence, Uber and Lyft fill the needed slot as approved companies who can offer ridesharing opportunities to customers. Users of these services download an app on their cellphone and can then request a ride.
One downside to using a service like this is that the rider never knows what kind of driver will be handling the vehicle. If the driver is inattentive, distracted, or careless, an auto accident can easily result. If you are one of the individuals who has been injured while traveling in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, our legal team at The Eichholz Law Firm will provide a free consultation about your accident. We can give you guidance on how to best handle the situation so you are not left to battle an insurance company alone.