Rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have become increasingly popular in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last several years as an affordable alternative to taxis and cabs. However, these rideshare companies have also been facing serious legal and safety concerns, since their drivers are not considered their employees, but private individuals who use their own vehicles to pick up passengers. Just earlier this year, a wrongful death suit was filed against Uber after one of its drivers struck and killed a six year old girl. Uber argued that since the driver is not considered an employee, Uber had no responsibility to provide insurance for him. Hooshmand Law Group is currently investigating the legitimacy of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar’s operations around the Bay Area.

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