Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft provide alternative taxi-like transportation by connecting passengers to drivers. Riders use smartphone apps to hail a ride with an Uber or a Lyft driver. Uber and Lyft, which are the two largest transportation network companies, contract with drivers who use their personal vehicles to ferry riders to their destinations. Ridesharing services are generally less expensive than taxi cabs, but there have been concerns with the safety of ridesharing drivers.
Uber conducts a screening process on applicants seeking to drive for Uber. The background check reviews the applicant’s driving history and looks for any record of crimes that affect passenger safety such as convictions for driving under the influence, reckless driving, sexual assault or violence. Despite precautions by the companies, some Uber and Lyft drivers are not careful drivers and are involved in traffic accidents that result in injuries to passengers.
If you have been injured in a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft, we can help. As these ridesharing services become more common, accidents involving them increase as well. A major reason why Uber and Lyft vehicles are especially prone to accidents is their reliance on phone apps and GPS. When drivers are busy staring at a screen, they become distracted and may have less reaction time to a sudden stop, pedestrian crossing, or motorcycle in their blind spot. Additionally, ridesharing vehicles frequently stop at odd places in the road to pick up or drop off clients, making them more susceptible to rear-end accidents. Luckily, Uber and Lyft provide $1 million in liability coverage for their drivers if they cause an accident. The liability coverage provided by Uber and Lyft is in affect while they have passengers in the car and when they are in route to pickup their passengers.
Regardless of how skillful of a driver your Uber/ Lyft Driver is, they are still human and can make mistakes. On the other hand, sometimes, your driver may not have been at fault at all, and it could have been the fault of the other driver. Regardless of who is at fault, if you are injured as a passenger of Uber/ Lyft, you have rights. Navigating the liability process to obtain the money you deserve can be a complex process and is something I can help you navigate.