This article outlines the issues faced by drivers working for Uber who are injured, assaulted, or otherwise injured while driving for Uber. Not suprisingly, being a driver for hire is one of the most dangerous jobs that exists in terms of fatal accidents and workplace violence.
Drivers who work for the popular Lyft and Uber ride services need to be aware that they could face legal hurtles if they suffer an on-the-job injury. Drivers for Uber and Lyft are usually what we call “gig workers.” In other words, they are not typically full time employees, so they’re not typically covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Uber and Lyft operate under the money-saving business model that involves employing independent contractors. Both these companies have been involved in lawsuits against drivers who are demanding that they be classified as employees rather than contractors without benefits.