Denver Car Accident Lawyers at Flesch & Beck Law discovered a new smartphone app today called Uber. Uber is a startup out of San Francisco that provides on-demand luxury car service through a smartphone app, while partnering with local limousine drivers.
The Uber app functions similar to a taxi ordering app but is tailored to a more affluent audience who want to order luxury sedans and SUVs. Consumers download the app and look up drivers that are nearby. A price quote is given before pickup and the smartphone user then has the ability to choose which service he/she would like to use.
Uber partners with limousine companies in Denver for its service and gives iPhones to the drivers which they use to determine the fee structure. The fare for each ride is determined by the distance travelled and the amount of time in the vehicle. Tip is included in the minimum $15 charge per ride.
Uber launched in Denver about a year ago and has drawn controversy from taxi companies arguing that the company has an unfair advantage of not being regulated. Taxi advocates say that it is illegal for a limousine company to run off a meter and not give an estimate of fees prior to the passenger being transported.
Uber defends its service saying that a quote is given out to the consumer during the pre-boarding process. Officials in Denver ruled this week that Uber is a legal service and does not need any further regulation.
Why does Flesch & Beck Law care about this kind of story? We want to inform our loyal clients and other Denver residents of just another way they can travel safely without experiencing a serious car accident.
Denver Car Accident Lawyers all too often see the ramifications of reckless driving, drunk driving, and negligence. Many of these car accidents could have been prevented if someone had taken a little extra time for travel, followed the traffic signals, or designated a driver before going out for drinks.
Flesch & Beck Law supports apps like Uber which ensure that you can arrive home safely or get to the airport on time. Please drive safe and if you are ever in need of our Denver Car Accident legal services, please give us a call at (303) 806-8886 or fill out our contact form to the right.