This past week, a Florida family announced it had filed a lawsuit against Uber and one of its drivers after a college student was killed in an Uber car accident in Miami in the final days of 2015. This case, as well as a string of other claims from injured passengers across the country, has shone a spotlight on Uber and its drivers.
Uber is a ride sharing service, much life Lyft and Sidecar. You can use your phone app to call for a car when you need one, and the service costs a fraction of what taxis cost because the drivers are not professionals – they’re simply car owners. Uber drivers and other ride-share drivers are contractors, not employees the way taxi drivers are.