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New Program Expands Uber Into Freight Industry

Published on May 6, 2020 at 7:29 am in News.

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Uber Freight is teaming up with COOP by Ryder and the virtual trucking carrier CloudTrucks to help qualifying rideshare drivers work in the freight industry.

With an increased demand for essential items like food and medical supplies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a related increased demand for freight haulers. As such, the three companies have partnered to support the trucking industry and meet nationwide demands.

Under the terms of the partnership, Uber drivers with CDLs will lease on to CloudTrucks—which is a company that provides owner-operators with a variety of back-office support functions. Drivers with their own tractor-trailers will be able to use CloudTrucks’s app to manage and book loads all around the country. Truck drivers without their own equipment can lease a cab and trailer through COOP by Ryder—which is a business that connects fleet managers with idle vehicles.

In addition to having the proper license, potential drivers have to have at least two years of experience truck driving and a good driving records with no major traffic violations and no more than five minor violations in the past three years.

In response to the partnership, Uber Freight’s head of Business Development and Strategy and Planning, Laurent Hautefeuille had this to say:  “Truck drivers are the backbone of our economy, and communities are depending on them now more than ever. [This partnership will] support all truck drivers whether they are industry veterans or just starting out, and we hope this partnership will open up more opportunities for those already on the Uber platform.”

While this program has the potential to provide more drivers with jobs, it also means more trucks could be on the road. When negligent truck drivers get behind the wheel, serious or even fatal accidents can occur.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Uber driver, whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another driver, you may be able to take legal action against the driver or the rideshare company. When negligence causes a car accident, the responsible party should be held accountable for their actions and the injured victim deserves compensation for their suffering and accident-related expenses.

The Rideshare Law Group is dedicated to helping Uber and Lyft accident victims recover compensation to help them move past a crash. To learn more about the personal injury claims process or to get started with your claim, contact us today.