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Illinois Laws Concerning Ridesharing Companies and Drivers

Posted on in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerTechnology is a wonderful thing - we have the ability to do more online than ever before, such as ordering groceries and making appointments. Ridesharing is another service that is available to smartphone users, allowing them to request rides from independent drivers, rather than calling a taxi company or trying to hail a cab from the side of the street. With the emergence of companies such as Uber and Lyft, ridesharing has become more popular and more readily available to people, but they also bring about certain issues that lawmakers are still in the process of figuring out. Liability in ridesharing accidents is still a fuzzy area and can be difficult to determine, but an experienced attorney can help hash out the details.

What Constitutes a Ridesharing Company?

The Illinois Transportation Network Providers Act outlines the laws concerning the operation of companies. The Act states that a transportation network company (TNC) is any company that uses digital means to connect passengers with ride services provided by TNC drivers who own their own vehicles. Popular TNC’s include Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and Via. These apps work with passengers logging into the company’s app and inputting their location, alerting drivers who are nearby. Those drivers then utilize the app’s GPS technology and pick up the passenger to take them to their destination. These apps typically give users information such as estimated fares, the number of drivers nearby and driver ratings and feedback.

Insurance Requirements

Drivers must have liability insurance of at least $50,000 for death and personal injury per person, $100,000 for death and personal injury per incident and $25,000 for property damage. This insurance requirement is more than the basic insurance requirement for all drivers in Illinois, which is $25,000 for death and personal injury per person and $50,000 for death and personal injury per incident. These insurance requirements must also be maintained by the TNC in the event that the individual driver’s insurance excludes this type of coverage in its policy. The Act also states that coverage must include uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage of at least $50,000.

Contact a Jefferson Park Ridesharing Liability Attorney

Ridesharing services like Uber offer great convenience and affordability to its customers, but can also bring about complicated liability issues. If you have been injured in an accident while you were a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, you still have rights, which an experienced DuPage County car accident attorney can help you determine. By contacting the Quinn Law Group, LLC, you can get the compensation that you deserve for any injuries you sustained while in a ridesharing vehicle. Call the office at 847-232-7180 to set up a consultation and begin discussing your case.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3589&ChapterID=49

 

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