No matter where you reside, you have likely heard of the ridesharing app, Uber. That’s because the company, which launched in 2011 and is currently worth billions, has become one of the most successful start-ups ever. Uber is commonly utilized in large metropolitan areas since it is more difficult to have the space – or the bank account – for a vehicle, therefore making other modes of transportation ideal.
The way that Uber’s technology works is by first allowing the user to download the app and then using it to easily request a ride to and from a specific location. Your method of payment is saved in the app so that the user never has to carry cash. Once the ride has been requested the user is matched up with a driver who knows their location through the GPS on their Smartphone to pick them up. A pioneer in the area of ridesharing, Uber has faced – and continues to face – numerous legal issues in areas in which the law has yet to be properly established.
Uber’s History in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Uber came to the state of Virginia in June 2014, at which point in time it was served with a cease and desist letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In spite of the letter, Uber continued to maintain operations. In May 2015, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles released a guide for all Transportation Network Companies (TNC) and drivers, which includes Uber. These guidelines include vehicle requirements and registration, insurance requirements, and driver screening.
After much back and forth between Uber and the state of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation in March 2016, which allowed for the company to operate within the Commonwealth.
Ridesharing and Car Accidents
While it can be extremely helpful, there are several issues that arise concerning ridesharing companies such as Uber, and its drivers such as what is to happen when the vehicle is involved in an accident. What is the difference between driving with the app open or driving to a paying passenger? There are also issues surrounding insurance.
Since so many complex issues are still in the process of being worked out, and accidents occur, it is always in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Ohio ridesharing attorney.
When you have been involved in a ridesharing accident, such as with Uber, it is important to understand your rights and your options for incurring the best possible outcome.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Ridesharing Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a ridesharing accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced ridesharing attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with auto accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!