Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Car Accident.
Taxis used to run the cities taking people to and from wherever they wanted to go. Different taxi companies had their own colors and easy to remember numbers that only consisted of one or two digits. The problems with the taxi services were that it started to become really expensive. There was no competition. Then Uber arrived. Uber started in March 2009 as the “Ubercab”. The ride-sharing app helped people find rides to local areas for less than a taxi and they had a diverse pick of vehicles. Since 2009 Uber has revolutionized the taxi business. Not only do you get to choose what kind of ride you want, but you also get to choose if you want to ride alone or ride with other people for less money. Uber challenged the taxi business and everyone loved the options.
Today Uber services 75 million riders worldwide. The United States is set to have 48 million riders. Uber now has over 3 million drivers all over the world in over 600 cities with a daily amount of 15 million rides. With an hourly wage of about $15/hr, it is no wonder that people are signing these independent contracts to work for Uber. But unlike the rigorous tests and background checks of a taxi driver, Uber drivers are different. Uber screens their drivers, but sometimes they miss important factors that contribute to driving that isn’t so safe.
Uber is a billion dollar industry, but that doesn’t mean that it is the safest or the wisest choice. However, when you get into a car you are taking a chance on your life. Even if you are driving, there is no guarantee that someone on the road isn’t going to ruin your day. So there is only so much blame you can put on an Uber driver. None the less, getting into an Uber driver, like getting into a taxi, does guarantee any safer driver then if you were driving yourself. If you were to get into an accident in your Uber then it is treated just like any car accident and whoever is at fault must pay for the injuries you sustained. If that means that your Uber driver is at fault then so be it.
In this scenario, the Uber driver didn’t have any passenger in the car, yet. On a Thursday night around midnight, an intoxicated Uber driver was on his way to pick up a rider. While drunk he drove into the back of a party bus. Thankfully no one was on the party and the drunk driver hadn’t reached his rider who may have had a very different night if he or she got into the car.
If you have been injured while in an Uber ride then you have the right to fight for compensation for your injuries. Our San Diego car Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno is here to aggressively advocate for your voice in court. Call 619-577-4077 or click here to start a conversation with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno in San Diego today.