Can Uber and Lyft Drivers Be Held Liable for Accidents They Didn't Cause?

Consider this: If you're an Uber or Lyft driver whose vehicle has an open recall, you might be liable for all damage caused in an accident—no matter whose fault it was.

Can Uber and Lyft Drivers Be Held Liable for Accidents They Didn't Cause?

Consider this: If you're an Uber or Lyft driver whose vehicle has an open recall, you might be liable for all damage caused in an accident—no matter whose fault it was.

Consider this: 
>> If you're an Uber or Lyft driver whose vehicle has an open recall, you might be liable for all damage caused in an accident—no matter whose fault it was. 

That's what Chris Miller, President of Recall Masters [www.recallmasters.com], the leading provider of automotive recall news, explains in a new article about rideshare driver liability [http://bit.ly/2oXobAd].

Important takeaways include: 

>> RIDESHARING APPS DON'T ALWAYS RECOMMEND SAFE CARS
Uber and Lyft offer you deals on certain cars. But they don't check the recall history of these vehicles—meaning they're incentivizing the purchase of potentially dangerous cars.

>> UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS ARE LIABLE—BUT THEY'RE NOT
Ridesharing apps can afford to be reckless because their money isn't on the line. As a contracted employee, you're financially responsible for any car accidents while on the job.

>> REGARDLESS OF YOUR GUILT, OPEN RECALLS ESTABLISH LIABILITY
According to personal injury lawyers, not fixing an open recall makes you legally guilty of "negligence"— regardless of whether you're aware of the recall or waiting on parts.

>> "NEGLIGENCE" CAN GET YOU (SUCCESSFULLY) SUED
In a car accident, "negligence" is sufficient legal grounds to sue, regardless of who was at fault. You could lose everything—even if you were driving safely.   

There is a way for Uber and Lyft drivers to protect themselves and give their passengers peace of mind—and it only takes 1 minute.

>> WHAT TO DO: 

1. Visit www.motorsafety.org
2. Enter your car's VIN 
3. Click "Check recall status"
4. If your car is in recall, you will be directed to a certified dealer to fix the problem

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