Harry here. Is this the end of Uber as we know it? Recent lawsuits may say yes, but then again, Uber has proved us wrong in the past. Uber is a scrappy company, and in this week’s round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince takes a look at a number of Uber issues – and potential ways for it to redeem itself. Anyone up for a flying Uber ride?
Harry here. By now, most drivers know that rideshare insurance will protect their car in the event of an accident, but what if you’re injured? Typically, Uber and Lyft’s insurance won’t provide coverage for injuries, but if the other driver is at fault, you could be entitled to a settlement. The process and rules are extremely confusing though, and if you’d like to learn more, head to our new Uber Accident Lawyer marketplace for more info.
Today, we’re featuring a guest post from one of our advertisers. Farid Yaghoubtil is a personal injury lawyer that specializes in dealing with rideshare drivers and has worked with Uber and Lyft drivers across the country.
You‘re driving a passenger on a sunny Tuesday and, while stopped at a red light, a vehicle slams into you from behind. It’s a scary situation but unfortunately, the more you’re out on the road as a driver, the more likely you are to get into an accident. You may be the best driver in the world but you can’t control other people’s actions.
Your passenger is hurt and you immediately contact the authorities. You also have pain in your neck and shoulder and need to get medical attention. What happens next?
Harry here. I get a lot of questions from people asking for my advice on the “best car” to buy as a rideshare driver. While there’s a lot that goes into choosing a car to drive for rideshare (UberX, Uber XL, your budget, if you should lease instead of buying, etc.) there are still ways to find which cars make the most financial sense. Today, RSG contributor Curtis Preston takes an in-depth look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) on a variety of popular rideshare vehicles, including the Toyota Prius. So does the Prius come out on top? Keep reading to see!
If you’re thinking of rideshare driving but don’t have a car yet, check out our Vehicle Marketplace here. You’ll find leasing options as well as rentals, which can be a great idea if you want to try out a particular type of car or just see if you even like rideshare driving 🙂
Ever taken a ride as a passenger, either for Uber/Lyft or a taxi? Chances are, you were probably in a Toyota Prius. If you’re considering purchasing a new or used car to be a rideshare driver, a Prius may seem like the obvious choice, but is it the best car for the job?
For reference, I purchased a 2013 Toyota Prius with only 15,000 miles on it, and I also own a 2011 Honda Fit. But I do almost all of my ridesharing with the Prius.
Harry here. Uber announced a pretty interesting pay raise to drivers in 8 states, and it could potentially have a big impact on how drivers are classified in the future. However, it’s just a test, so we’ll have to see how it pans out! Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea outlines what this pay increase is for and its potential impact on drivers in the future.
Also, I’ll be on vacation starting today for the next two weeks, so if you send me an email, just know I might not be able to respond for a while. Our contributors will respond to comments left below, though, so feel free to ask questions or make comments there!
Last week, Uber announced a 5 cent per mile pay increase in eight states in order to fund Driver Injury Protection insurance. Uber announced they are testing this in partnership with OneBeacon and Aon as a pilot program that could eventually expand to other states. Drivers in these states will be able to signup for injury protection and pay into a fund OR simply collect an extra $0.05/mile. That’s obviously not a huge pay increase but every little bit counts 😉
The program is unique because it shows how Uber may pilot other driver pseudo-benefit programs in the future. On-demand work has often been criticized because there are no traditional workplace protections for those who get injured on the job. This seems to be a good way to offer full-time drivers something valuable while allowing part-timers to opt-out.
Drivers who elect to opt-in to Driver Injury Protection will pay $.0375 cents/mile for every mile they have an Uber passenger in their car (on trip miles). However, the Driver Injury Protection is active the entire time that the driver is logged into the Uber app, even when they are waiting for a request. Drivers who do not signup will still enjoy the increase $0.05 increase in per mileage earnings.
The rate increase of $0.05/mile and option for Driver Injury Protection will be effective in the following states:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Uber says they plan to test the pilot in these states before expanding to other markets. Hopefully, if the pilot succeeds, Uber and their partners will be able to expand this to other markets and bring a small pay increase my way. Again, every little bit counts right?
Harry here. It’s been a busy week for Uber, and not in a good way. I thought Uber’s bad PR with drivers was bad, but this week’s news (maybe a criminal lawsuit?) is even worse for Travis K. and Co. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers the whole story among Uber, Google, Waymo and Otto and how the fight for autonomous cars is going.