Ridesharing companies have worked pretty hard to distance themselves their drivers, at least in terms of legal responsibility. Lyft, for example, has fought against litigation that would give its drivers employment status under law. Instead, Lyft has pushed to keep its drivers listed as independent contractors in order to limit the company’s liability for any negligence displayed by their drivers.
When confronted with litigation, rideshare providers like Lyft will attempt to claim they only facilitate fares and are not responsible for their driver’s actions. It is then up to the plaintiff’s attorneys to prove the company’s liability.