Businesses involved in the transportation of passengers, such as Uber and Lyft, have a duty to exercise care to avoid accidents and causing injuries to individuals. In other words, these transportation companies have a duty to passengers to get them to their destination safely. When a transportation company fails to exercise this care, a passenger, or passengers, may be harm and can file a lawsuit.
Whether Uber is a common carrier depends on the state. A state such as Maryland classifies Uber as a common carrier. This means that the company owes the passengers the high degree of care not to injure them while driving from one place to another. In other states, Uber and other companies like it are considered a ride-share business.
An individual injured while in the care of a transportation service may sue for negligence, which is defined as the duty to act as an ordinary person would in similar or same circumstances. Proving the company and/ or driver was liable involves showing:
An injured individual should contact an attorney to discuss who is liable for their injuries. According to vicarious liability laws, a person or a company can be held liable for the actions of another person. For instance, the company may be responsible for actions of the driver because they have hired the driver to transport the passenger who was harmed.
A class action lawsuit is a claim filed by a large group of people, called plaintiffs, against a company. The plaintiffs are able to sue in a group because they have suffered similar or same injuries. A particular plaintiff may be able to join the lawsuit if the court permits the addition of the plaintiff.
State laws regulate the passenger transportation companies differently. To determine whether you can sue Uber, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer about your potential claim.
Last Modified: 04-24-2018 08:21 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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