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Uber or Lyft Driver: Requirements to Be One

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A rideshare driver and a passenger

Nowadays, a lot of  people earn money by doing rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber. The rideshare services have simple requirements making it easy for anyone to get started. Ridesharing apps such as Lyft and Uber are all about keeping customers satisfied. However, most rideshare passengers still have concerns since they are not sure if the driver drives safely.

Uber and Lyft guarantee riders that the drivers have met the set standards by the rideshare companies. When you use ridesharing services, once you get in the backseat, you’ll have no control of the speed. Accident claims can get tricky once you get injured in ridesharing services. Ridesharing apps also do not have clear instructions on how to go about an accident. It is for this reason that you need the help of expert lawyers to handle your case. This article will look at the Uber and Lyft requirements for drivers in Chicago. 

Driver requirements

Rideshare drivers are not trained but they have to meet certain standards before they join the service. Here are some driver requirements.

Requirements for Uber drivers

  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Be within your region’s age requirement which is 18 and above for Chicago
  • Proof of your city and state
  • Have been driving for at least one year in the United States
  • A phone for running the uber driver app
  • Pass the driver’s screening
  • A driver profile photo

Lyft drivers in Chicago

Anyone who wants to be a driver in Chicago needs to meet the following requirements.

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Be 25 years of age
  • One year of driving experience
  • Have a phone for downloading and running the Lyft driver app
  • Pass the driver screening

Vehicle requirements

The rideshare services require the vehicles to meet certain standards. Here are the requirements for Uber and Lyft vehicles.

Requirements for Uber vehicles

  • Vehicle registration proof
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Not older than 15 years
  • In good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Proof of a personal Chicago no-fault auto insurance
  • No commercial branding
  • Pass the vehicle inspection for vehicles over five years

Requirements for Lyft vehicles

  • 5-8 seats which include the driver
  • 2009 model or newer
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Valid license plate
  • A vehicle that is not titled as non-repairable, salvageable, or any other equivalent classification
  • A vehicle that is not a taxi

What to do if you get injured in a rideshare accident

If you have been injured in a rideshare car accident, there are certain things you have to do. Here are the things you have to do once you have been in an unfortunate turn of events.

Call 911

The first thing you have to do is call 911 and inform law enforcement about the accident. Seek medical help if you have been injured, a medical report will strengthen your case.

Gather information

The next thing is to collect as much information as you can. Take photographic evidence of the accident and the injuries. If there were other passengers, you can get their contact information.

Get a police report

A police report is a crucial asset when you have been involved in a rideshare accident. 

You always take a risk when entering any vehicle. The ridesharing apps have a place where you can report the accident. Get help from a legal professional because you will be unable to handle the ridesharing companies and their insurers alone.

Get help from an experienced attorney

If you have been involved in a rideshare auto accident, you can be confused not knowing how to go about it. It can be stressful but with an experienced rideshare accident lawyer like the Disparti law group, you can go through the process with ease. We will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Larry wins in Chicago and we have an unbeatable reputation for winning for our clients. Contact us today to get a free consultation.



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