I marvel at human ingenuity and creativity and one of my favorite inventions is the rideshare concept. I wonder how many lives have been saved by people leaving bars in an Uber instead of trying to drive. The easy, affordable, life-saving transportation of a rideshare vehicle could make one forget that there are certainly risks involved in using one. First of all, remember that these rideshare drivers are normally not professional drivers. Almost anyone with a license and a car can sign up to drive for Uber. Remember that although there is some screening done by the rideshare companies, there are plenty of accidents caused by sometimes inexperienced or incompetent drivers. This is in contrast to taxis which are normally driven by professional drivers who make a living at driving rather than just picking up a few bucks in a side-gig like many rideshare drivers. I have many such cases right now and one of them which took place in Center City Philadelphia resulted from one rideshare driver blowing a red light and hitting my client, another rideshare driver with a passenger. Fortunately, my client had his dash cams on and I am able to see exactly what happened to the driver and passenger as the collision occurred and air bags deployed. It was pretty awful to see but incredibly helpful in proving the injuries to my client. Cameras on the outside of both rideshare cars show who was at fault quite clearly which is very helpful since the at-fault driver lied through his teeth about who was at fault.
And most rideshare companies require pretty good insurance which kicks in when the driver is using the app to find passengers or has a passenger in the vehicle. Accordingly, there is normally plenty of coverage for injuries if you are hurt by a rideshare vehicle. However, the rideshare companies often require complete confidentiality and non-disclosure of any settlement in their release when a case against a rideshare is resolved. Clearly, they are aware that publicity about rideshare accidents could reduce usage by the public so they don't want you to know.