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Ridesharing is the concept that combines elements of carpooling with a traditional taxi service. These types of services allow drivers with empty seats in their vehicles to provide prearranged transportation for compensation from people seeking rides to destinations. Drivers and passengers are often connected through the online platform of a transportation network company (TNC), such as:
The motor vehicles that are used for ridesharing services are just as likely as any other traditional taxi to cause an accident. Passengers or drivers of other automobiles involved in crashes with TNC vehicles can sustain broken bones, severe internal organ injuries, or amputations as well as many other types of serious injuries that can lead to a lifetime of physical and financial hardship.
Unlike traditional taxi services that place a much higher degree of responsibility on their drivers and require more training, many of the drivers for rideshare services have little to no professional transportation experience. Furthermore, the reliance of these businesses on cell phone applications poses a frequent distraction risk for drivers. This dramatically increases the likelihood of TNC drivers causing accidents on roads in and around West Chester.
It is extremely important to understand that most ridesharing companies do not consider their drivers to be employees. Rather, they are classified as independent contractors. Thus, many of these companies supposedly require any driver to have his or her own personal automobile insurance and then claim that such company is the one liable for any damages that are caused by a TNC driver’s negligence.
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a crash caused by a driver for a ridesharing service, you will want to immediately contact the highly experienced attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices. We work as a team to get compensation for crash victims throughout Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and Lancaster County.
Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only collect a fee if we obtain monetary damages for the people injured in accidents. You can receive a complete evaluation of your case by calling (610) 719-3190 to schedule a free consultation.