If you have been injured in an Uber accident, a Chicago car wreck lawyer will help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
Taxi drivers are notorious for their dangerous driving habits. Although not all taxi drivers are negligent or irresponsible, a number of them speed, weave in and out of traffic, and speed through stop signs. Taxi accidents involving such drivers are hardly surprising. Some critics of Uber and Lyft believe they are especially vulnerable to bad drivers.
Proposal for New Regulations in Chicago
Uber and Lyft have become infamous across the nation for several reasons, including the lack of regulation on driver training and experience, working hours, driver pay, and insurance coverage. In 2014, the city of Chicago enacted regulations to improve safety. However, people who have little experience as commercial drivers can become an Uber driver in Chicago. They can work for as many hours as they want, and if they work less than 20 hours a week, the driver does not need a chauffer’s license.
Chicago is still making efforts to regulate Uber in a way that resembles taxi laws. In March of 2016, thirty city council members introduced a proposed regulation making it mandatory for all drivers to have a chauffer’s license. It would also require drivers to go through stricter background checks, fingerprinting, and vehicle inspections. However, Uber is challenging this regulation, stating that this would put an end to the ride sharing program in Chicago.
Who Is Liable for Passenger Injuries in Uber Accident?
If a passenger gets injured in an accident caused by an Uber driver, he or she will look to Uber for damages. However, it is not as easy as it may seem. Many victims have had to struggle to recover adequate compensation from the company, while some could not recover anything at all.
Curb and Other Ride-Sharing Apps
The main reason behind Uber’s popularity is the convenience of booking a ride via an app. Chicago taxis do not have the convenience of this technology, and due to this, they have lost a lot of their business to Uber. To correct the imbalance, Chicago has designated two firms to develop ride sharing apps for taxi fleets. One such app called Curb has 4,000 taxi drivers connected to it. People can now book a taxi with a more regulated driver as conveniently as they could book an Uber.
Seeking Legal Help for an Uber Accident
If you have been injured in an Uber accident, you may need the services of a Chicago car accident lawyer to get the compensation that you deserve. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.