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Internet Car Services Offer Convenience and Liabilities

Internet Car Services Offer Convenience and Liabilities

As internet car services gain popularity around the country, users should be aware of potential liabilities with drivers that have signed up for the service.  Internet car services provide smart phone apps that connect car owners with people looking for a ride.  Some of these internet car service providers don’t consider the drivers as employees, which can become a problem should you be involved in an accident. The individual driver’s car insurance would then be the one to pay the expenses from an accident, but how would you know if the liability insurance is high enough to cover all of the damages?  The ABA Journal has just posted a great article citing the potential problems and some recent law suits in “Internet Car Service Companies Offer Convenience, But Lawyers See Caution Signs.” 

Uber has recently launched in Columbus, but is currently only offering their black car service which employs only limousine and livery drivers which are licensed by the city.  As these services continue to grow, however, Painter and Westfall thought it was important to bring to light the potential issues. 

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