Shannon Law Group July 2019


Nearly everyone has downloaded the Uber or Lyft app or at the very least ridden with an Uber or Lyft driver since they came on the scene about 10 years ago. It’s inevitable that Uber and Lyft drivers will be involved in crashes. What happens when you are injured as another motorist or as a

passenger? Are Uber and Lyft required to provide liability coverage? These issues will be worked out in legislatives and the courts. What is clear is that Uber and Lyft have attempted to control their liability by making their own rules as to when they pay. Were you hurt when the app was on? Were you hurt when the app was off? Both try to apply different levels of liability. This dynamic reminds me of the old company-owned towns that liked to set their own limits of liability. Although these enormous companies do have clout, shouldn’t they follow the same rules as everyone else? In addition, determining potential liability for either Uber or Lyft depends heavily on data retrieved from the driver’s phone. That is why it is crucial to contact an attorney in the event you are involved in a collision with an Uber or Lyft driver. Requests and/or subpoenas for the driver’s phone and application data should be sent out immediately.

–Jon Svitak

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! If you are one of the 84,000 people injured in an Illinois car accident every year, you need practical information you can apply to your situation today. Crash victims often have never been in an accident before, so they have little experience with the legal system. You may be unsure of your rights and need advice about what steps to take to protect yourself and your family. That’s why experienced attorney Joe Shannon has authored the book, “Transportation Law, Rights, and Injuries: Charting Your Course of Legal Action.” Our book is available on Amazon for $16.95, but we’ll be happy to send you a free copy if you contact us today. Learn more about protecting your rights. Visit or call our law office with any questions or concerns at 312-578-9501.

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