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Proposed Law Would Make Delivery Apps Liable for Accidents in NYC

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A proposed bill being considered by the New York City Council would make the companies behind delivery apps legally responsible when their drivers get into accidents. The law, if passed, would force major delivery companies like GrubHub, Uber Eats and DoorDash to pay for the costs that result whenever one of their drivers injures someone else in an accident. This would be a major shift in policy in one of America’s biggest cities, substantially affecting how these delivery apps do business.

Delivery Drivers and Their Current Liability

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What to Do If You Are Injured in an Uber Accident

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It was recently announced that Uber's services will now extend across New York State, including Upstate New York and Long Island. Uber is a rideshare service that allows individuals to order a ride through his or her smartphone. An Uber driver will then pick up an individual at a determined location with his or her private vehicle and bring the rider to their destination. Uber drivers are employed under a “freelance” status, which may become problematic when trying to determine who is liable in the event an accident.

 

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Expansion of Ride-Share Services Upstate Will Help Decrease Personal Injury Crashes

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Uber and Lyft in conjunction with state and local authorities are pressuring New York State lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to expand ride-sharing services in upstate New York. Police Chief David Zack of upstate Cheektowaga, wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo expressing the need for ride-sharing in order to cut down on drinking and driving, car crash fatalities and injuries.

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