For many, the arrival of ridesharing services, with their cheap rates and instant availability, was too good to be true. Ridesharing has become increasingly popular as a means of transportation within cities and as an alternative to the exorbitant costs of airport parking. Pew Research Center found that 36% of adults in the United States have used a ridesharing service, a proportion likely to have increased during the pandemic as people sought alternatives to public transit.
However, as the service’s popularity grows, so do safety, wage equity, and affordability issues. Can you tell me the benefits and drawbacks of using ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft? Discuss your case with the dedicated legal representative.
Benefit: Ridesharing services can take you where you need to go
Many people find that carpooling is a more convenient option than taking the bus. Rideshares are more expensive than the city bus but can take you almost anywhere. Taking a ridesharing service instead of paying for expensive long-term parking at the airport may be the best option for passengers.
Negative: Due to high demand, you may have to wait or pay more than expected.
Since the outbreak, ridesharing businesses have faced driver shortages as their employees seek more wages elsewhere or move to delivery driving. L
Benefit: Using a ridesharing service makes it much less hassle to avoid drinking and driving.
Calling a carpool service after a night out is a breeze, thanks to intuitive user interfaces. To avoid the difficulty of parking or valeting at a popular venue and the risk of drinking and driving, many people today make advanced plans to ride an app like Uber or Lyft from the get-go.
Drivers are still susceptible to accidents.
Any number of factors, including human error on the part of drivers and passengers, reckless driving, and inclement weather, can contribute to accidents involving ridesharing services. There are, however, some additional dangers faced by rideshare drivers. App interactions, such as following GPS directions and handling fare and payment information, can be a diversion.
A car accident should be covered by insurance from one of the major ridesharing services.
The ridesharing company’s insurance will cover up to $1 million if your driver is involved in an accident. In the event of a collision, it is recommended that you consult a lawyer who has dealt with cases involving ridesharing services.
Con: Rideshare businesses don’t usually shoulder blame for bad drivers.
There is a possibility that rideshare businesses would try to avoid responsibility for their drivers’ carelessness by arguing that they are not employers but rather independent contractors.