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Navigating Gig Economy Drivers: Unmasking Corporate Liability

Brubaker Injury Law

April 5, 2024


In the bustling world of gig economy services, our roads are teeming with drivers who shuttle passengers, deliver meals, and transport goods. Companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Uber Eats have revolutionized convenience, but they’ve also blurred the lines of responsibility when accidents occur. As personal injury attorneys, it’s crucial to peel back the layers and uncover hidden tortfeasors.

The Veil of Personal Policies

When an accident happens, injured parties often encounter a perplexing situation: the driver presents their personal auto insurance policy rather than the commercial coverage associated with their gig work. Why does this happen?

  1. Dual Roles: Gig economy drivers often wear two hats—their personal driver hat and their gig worker hat. When they’re off-duty, they rely on their personal policy. However, when they’re actively working for a gig company, the commercial policy should kick in.
  2. Coverage Gaps: Personal policies typically exclude coverage during commercial activities. Gig workers may not fully understand this nuance, leading to confusion and potential gaps in compensation.
  3. Inadequate Limits: Personal policies often have lower liability limits than commercial policies. In catastrophic injury cases, these limits may fall woefully short.

Corporate Liability: A Hidden Recourse

To maximize compensation for our clients, we must dig deeper. Here’s where corporate liability comes into play:

  1. Affidavits: Attorneys should require gig economy drivers to execute affidavits affirming their work status during the accident. These sworn statements clarify whether they were actively working for a gig company at the time of the incident.
  2. Corporate Responsibility: By establishing a direct link between the driver’s gig work and the company, we can explore corporate liability.
  3. Substantial Insurance Coverage: Generally speaking, gig economy companies have substantial insurance coverage. Pursuing corporate liability may allow the catastrophically injured to be made whole.

Navigating the Legal Landscape

As personal injury attorneys, we must:

  1. Educate Clients: Inform clients about the dual insurance hat worn by gig drivers. Explain the importance of investigating gig company involvement.
  2. Scrutinize Contracts: Dive into the gig company’s terms and agreements. Are they adequately protecting their drivers and passengers?
  3. Advocate for Change: Push for legislative reforms that address gig economy complexities. We need clearer guidelines on corporate liability and insurance coverage for gig economy companies.


Our roads are a maze of gig economy activity, and injured parties deserve clarity and fair compensation. By unmasking corporate liability and leveraging affidavits, we can navigate this intricate landscape and secure justice for those affected by gig economy accidents.

At Brubaker Injury Law, we are committed to ensuring that all potential insurance coverage is explored. If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence of a driver working in the gig economy, contact us today to discuss your options and protect your rights.

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