Uber accident lawyers are charging $3.75 for every hour spent arguing against the car they are representing, a new study found.
The study was commissioned by the American Automobile Association, which claims that the insurance industry has not been able to protect drivers who are injured in car accidents.
Uber has faced intense criticism over the issue.
Uber says it has worked to improve safety in its cars and has had a “zero-tolerance” policy in regards to crashes.
In the latest study, published online in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention, the law firm of Austin Gage, a partner at the firm of Gage & Walsh, asked for a fee of $2.25 per hour for each hour spent defending against an accident.
Uber responded that it did not collect the fees and that its drivers had the right to recover damages.
In its response, Uber said that the firm “does not collect fees from Uber drivers.”
“The company will continue to defend drivers and take all necessary actions to make sure that we are providing a safe and reliable service,” Uber said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Uber drivers say they face a $4,000-a-day bill for legal fees and a potential $5,000 per incident to recover their injuries.
Uber is now in the midst of a legal battle over its safety policies, including a lawsuit by two California taxi drivers.
The case was thrown out of court last year after Uber settled a class action lawsuit.
Uber, which operates in 25 countries, said it would pay for the damages, but drivers were not paid.
The lawsuit was filed by two taxi drivers who claimed they were forced to work 24-hour shifts while Uber drivers were on the road.
Uber is facing an arbitration court in California and the drivers are seeking class action status.
Uber declined to comment on the case.