Over two months after a six-year-old girl was killed in a car accident with an UberX driver in San Francisco, the smartphone-driven rideshare company announced Friday that it will expand its insurance coverage to include drivers who are waiting for a fare. Previously, it only covered them when they had passengers in the car.
Rival firm Lyft made a similar change in its policy just hours before Uber.
During the December 31, 2013 accident, UberX driver Syed Muzzafar was using the Uber app while he was driving but did not have a fare in his car.
The company previously argued that because Muzzafar “was not providing services on the Uber system during the time of the accident,” the company was not responsible. Muzzafar currently faces a civil lawsuit and possible criminal charges as a result of the accident.