Philadelphia Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have turned the personal transportation industry on its head in the last decade. Previously, getting a ride meant calling a cab, waiting for a bus, or jumping on a train. Today, would-be passengers can open an app on their phone and have a car waiting for them in minutes. By providing convenient access to on-demand transportation, rideshare companies have exploded in popularity. More than 15 percent of Americans presently use rideshare services, and the numbers continue to grow.

Unfortunately, the growth in ridesharing as a transportation alternative has come with a downside. Careless, reckless, or malicious rideshare drivers have put passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists at risk wherever rideshare companies operate. Accidents involving rideshares occur regularly, and cause serious injuries and tragic fatalities. Though regulation of the ridesharing industry has grown in recent years, rideshare passengers and others still face a potential quagmire in seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a rideshare-related crash in Philadelphia.

If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a rideshare driver in Philadelphia, you deserve compensation for injuries. Contact the skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at The Levin Firm for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances that led to your injuries and to determine the best course of action for your situation.

Ridesharing Company Laws in Pennsylvania

In 2016, Pennsylvania passed legislation to regulate rideshare companies, legally referred to as transportation network companies. Insurance, vehicle, and licensing requirements are some of the most important aspects of the new law because they help protect passengers and others who share the road with rideshare drivers.

Below is a broad overview of Pennsylvania’s laws regarding rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.

  • Transportation network companies (TNCs) must maintain meticulous records of their drivers including proof of insurance, criminal background checks, driving history, proof of a driver’s license, and proof of vehicle registration and inspections.
  • TNCs must also keep vehicle records that include the make, model, and license plate.
  • Rideshare drivers must maintain primary auto insurance or the company must provide the insurance on behalf of the drivers.
  • Drivers who are not transporting passengers, but are logged onto the company’s digital network must have $50,000 in bodily injury liability per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 of property damage coverage.
  • Drivers must carry Pennsylvania’s no-fault insurance for medical benefits which includes $25,000 for pedestrians and $5,000 for a driver, regardless of whether they are logged in to the rideshare app.
  • Drivers who are transporting passengers must carry at least $500,000 in coverage for death, bodily injury, and property damage.
  • Rideshare vehicles must meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and have at least four doors.
  • Rideshare vehicles cannot be more than 10 years old, nor can they have more than 350,000 miles.
  • Rideshare vehicles in Pennsylvania must undergo Department of Transportation inspections, which PennDot randomly audits.
  • Vehicles can not have large dents, loose bumpers, or vandalism. Additionally, door handles, seat belts, windows, interior lights, and air conditioning must be functional. The vehicle must also be clean without large tears in the leather or upholstery.
  • Rideshare drivers must meet several qualifications under Pennsylvania law. In addition to holding a valid driver’s license, rideshare drivers must be 21 years old and have less than three moving violations within the previous three years.
  • Pennsylvania law disqualifies rideshare drivers for most felony convictions in the previous seven years. Those convicted of sexual offenses or violent crimes cannot legally drive for a rideshare company in Pennsylvania.
  • TNCs must do follow-up background checks one year after a driver begins and every two years beyond.

Common Philadelphia Rideshare Accident Injuries

Injuries that a rideshare passenger, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or another person in a motor vehicle may suffer in an accident include:

  • Broken and crushed bones
  • Head traumas and traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries and organ damage
  • Amputation and limb crush

No matter what kind of injury a Philadelphia rideshare accident causes, the team at The Levin Firm has the experience and know-how to evaluate a crash victim’s financial needs and to pursue the parties at fault for compensation.