Wyoming Uber Accidents Attorney
Wyoming was one of the few states in the nation in which Uber, the peer-to-peer transportation network company (TNC), did not provide “ridesharing” services. House Bill 80, commonly referred to as the “Uber bill,” was passed unanimously by the Wyoming Senate in February 2017 before being signed into law by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead the following month.
While ridesharing services provide an extremely valuable form of transportation (and income) for Wyomingites, the motor vehicles their drivers use are just as capable of getting into accidents as any other automobile. Crashes involving TNC vehicles can be far more complicated than traditional passenger vehicle collisions, which is why it is usually in any victim’s best interest to immediately contact Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming.
Wyoming Ridesharing Laws
Among the many ridesharing laws established under House Bill 80 was Wyoming Statute § 31-20-107, which governs the financial responsibilities of TNCs and their drivers. Under Wyoming Statute § 31-20-107(a), a driver or a TNC on that driver’s behalf must maintain an automobile insurance liability policy that covers the driver while he or she is engaged in a prearranged ride and while he or she can receive requests for such rides.
Wyoming Statute § 31-20-107(b) further states that a primary automobile liability insurance policy must satisfy the following minimums when a driver is available to receive requests for rides but is not engaged in such a ride:
- $50,000 per person for death and bodily injury
- $100,000 per incident for death and bodily injury
- $25,000 for property damage
Additionally, the same statute requires the uninsured motorist coverage as required by Wyoming Statute § 31-10-101. When a driver is engaged in a prearranged ride, Wyoming Statute § 31-20-107(c) establishes that the primary automobile liability insurance policy must provide $1 million for death, bodily injury and property damage as well as uninsured motorist coverage as required by Wyoming Statute § 31-10-101.
Despite these higher limits, it is not uncommon for a TNC to attempt to deny liability by claiming that its driver is an “independent contractor.” Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming understands the complexity of these types of claims and knows how to hold all negligent parties accountable.
Accidents involving Uber or other TNC vehicles can be the result of many of the same causes of traditional passenger vehicle crashes. Since Uber relies on drivers and passengers largely using smartphone applications, distracted driving is a very common cause, but some drivers may have been driving recklessly or possibly operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Wyoming Uber Accident Lawyer
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a crash caused by an Uber or other TNC driver in Wyoming? You will want to contact Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming as soon as possible.
Our firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your phone call and help provide legal guidance. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not be assessed any fees unless you receive a financial award. Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case so you can fully understand all of your legal options.