They said I was not covered by their insurance for the accident, even though I had worked for the company for over 6 years! Because of Prop 22, I also do not qualify for Workers Comp, or other protections workers are supposed to receive, because I am misclassified as an independent contractor.
To this day, I am still wrestling with Uber’s insurance, trying to get them to help pay for my accident, and for the medical debt I have from the accident. As I continue to struggle to have Uber pay what I'm owed, I am now in bankruptcy from all of my medical bills, and cannot afford to have my broken teeth fixed.
I thank god that I survived the crash, but struggle to pay my bills by working Spark, all while having my soft tissue injuries treated, and have to rely on bank loans to help me keep a roof over my head and food on my table.
I wanted to share my story with all of you, because this is the danger all drivers are in whenever we go onto the road. Without full labor rights, we are one accident away from having our whole lives ruined without any support from the companies.
It is why as drivers, we need to fight for our rights if things are ever going to get better, because if it's left up to Uber, they will abandon us when times get tough. It is why we need each other.