Some good. Some bad.
This past week had a lot of up and downs. From Uber supporting hospitals to a chat about insurance to the death of an Uber passenger, LegalRideshare breaks it down.
On Monday, we posted about Uber’s latest attempt to book rides for patients who need assistance getting to and from medical appointments. According to Uber, a healthcare provider can book a ride for patients and caregivers immediately, within a few hours, or with 30 days’ notice.
On Tuesday, we went live with JennyMilk to talk all things rideshare. We answered questions about insurance and explained when you’re covered and when you’re not. We broke down the most important points here:
Tuesday also brought more pressure on Lyft and Uber. From San Francisco pressuring Uber and Lyft over how they pay drivers to NYC Taxi Driver’s demanding more rideshare regulations. It even spilled into Wednesday, as 9 women pushed back against Uber’s attempt to turn their class-action lawsuit into arbitration
Wednesday shed more light on Uber and Lyft drivers and the struggles they still face. According to research done by UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, most full-time Uber and Lyft drivers in L.A. struggle to pay for expenses such as gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance costs. You can read the full story here.
Uber jumped back on the self-driving car bandwagon and is in talks to add Waymo’s self-driving cars to its network. Uber’s CEO said “They are an incredible technology provider out there — they’re building, they’re serious about autonomous to the extent that that technology could show up on our network, it’s a good thing. “her they want to do it or not.” (Fun fact: Uber just paid Waymo $245M for allegedly stealing trade secrets). You can read more here.
In Denver, Uber Driver Michael Hancock was arrested after he allegedly shot his passenger during a confrontation at 2:45 a.m. He then crashed his vehicle. The passenger was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, police said.
It’s these types of stories that push LegalRideshare to work hard every day on behalf of the rideshare community. We are, in fact, the only law firm in the US entirely dedicated to protecting Uber and Lyft drivers, passengers and victims.
Enjoy your weekend!