Need an Injury Lawyer After an Uber/Ridesharing Accident in Vermont?
Vermont law regarding Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies has been in flux. In the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session, Vermont senators considered “a surprise proposal to regulate ride-sharing technology companies such as Uber and Lyft.” The bill proposed to require Uber and Lyft to “triple their current total insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides..[and] impose new background check requirements and an annual licensing process with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.” It appears that to date, these proposals are still unresolved. In the meantime, ridesharing drivers may not be covered under their companies’ insurance policies in some instances, and should carry gap insurance to make up the difference.
Ridesharing Companies Attempt to Dodge Liability by Utilizing Independent Contractors
Working with independent contractors can be a smart decision from a company’s perspective, as it may reduce the company’s liability if the independent contractors cause damages or accidents to others. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies take on drivers as independent contractors and not as employees.
Even as the ridesharing companies attempt to limit their liability by using independent contractors, they are still required by most states to carry liability insurance up to $1 million in coverage. Therefore, those who are injured due to the negligence or recklessness of a ridesharing driver may be able to obtain financial recovery from such liability policies.
Don’t Go Up Against the Insurance Company Alone
Insurance laws can also be changed, whether through the legislature or by the courts. The ridesharing company insurer may avoid paying out claims by pointing to loopholes in their policy. However, such provisions may be struck down by the courts. If you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, he or she will likely be familiar with the policy provisions found to be unlawful by the courts.
A good personal injury attorney will also know how to get settlement discussions with the insurance company off on the right foot. They will do this by first listening empathetically to your side of the story, and learn exactly how the accident impacted your life. The attorney will then make a compelling case to the insurance company, leveraged by the fact that the attorney will not hesitate to take your case all the way through trial.
Retain the Services of A Reputable Vermont Trial Attorney
It makes a difference in your chances of success, whether you are represented by a trial attorney. Trial attorneys are fighters at heart. They will let the insurance company that they are already off and running on the trial track and that the only way to stop the process towards trial is for the insurance company to offer a full and just settlement.
So if you have a good trial attorney on your side, you have a better chance of obtaining just and fair compensation for your injuries caused by the Uber, Lyft or other ridesharing driver. Contact us today to find out more!