Smiley Law February 2018

HIT BY AN UBER The Murky Future of Ride-Share and Liability

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, a great many revelers will surely make use of ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. These can be a safe, cost-effective way to make it home from Bourbon Street. But even though they’re (hopefully) sober, it’s important to remember these drivers are human. They make mistakes like anyone else. If you find yourself involved in a car accident with a ride-share vehicle, whose insurance company should you contact? The driver’s or the ride-share company’s? In the past, we’ve covered what to do in the aftermath of a car crash. But the involvement of a ride-share vehicle can make seeking compensation more complicated. This is partially because the legal world has been slow to catch up to the fast-paced development of these transport apps.

Every case is different, and the laws governing the ride-share industry are still evolving state by state.

Dealing with insurance companies is difficult enough as it is. The murky liability of ride-share companies makes things worse. Companies like Uber and Lyft maintain they are simply a platform for connecting drivers to passengers. However, the driver’s personal insurance may refuse to cover damages caused by a ride-share driver, as well. They may argue the driver was using their vehicle for commercial purposes, placing them outside the bounds of a private insurance policy. If you aren’t careful, your claim could be left in legal limbo. As rules and regulations around this issue continue to shift at state and federal levels, an experienced New Orleans auto accident lawyer can

When Uber was launched eight years ago, the idea of getting a ride from a perfect stranger in their personal car seemed strange, if not dangerous. Today, millions of Americans use ride-share apps as convenient means of transportation. Currently, auto accident law surrounding ride- sharing is like the Wild West.

help you understand the best way to pursue your claim. Having this kind of industry professional in your corner will help ensure the right party is held accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve.



Sure, your showoff pal can wrap a tater tot with a piece of bacon and call it “The Daniel,” but you can take it a step further. Prepare a couple batches of these savory snacks for your Super Bowl party or the next family get-together. Snag a few for yourself before they disappear!


• 4 slices bacon, quartered • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

• 2 cups frozen tater tots, defrosted • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4-inch squares


1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Press a cheese square into each tot,

3. Place tots seam side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, using metal tongs to turn halfway through. 4. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

then wrap with a piece of bacon. Dredge each tot in brown sugar.

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