Gone are the days when a taxi cab was the first vehicle you called for a ride. Now, taxis are competing for business in most major cities with ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Many people enjoy the convenience of ridesharing services. However, rideshare drivers are not specially trained or any more qualified than the average driver. They are just as likely to get into an accident. Some authorities believe that rideshare drivers’ accident risk may be even higher than the average driver’s risk because they frequently use their cell phones and navigation programs while they’re driving.
If you were injured in an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare accident, it is important to contact an Uber accident lawyer as soon as possible. An Atlanta car accident lawyer from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC will investigate the crash to determine what happened, who is at fault, and your best chance for recovering compensation after the accident. If you are covered by Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy, then we will work with these companies and their insurance carriers to recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
To learn more about how we can help, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, at (404) 419-6674 or through our online form. We offer free, no-risk consultations so that you can learn about your rights and legal options after a crash.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Rideshare accidents do not occur by chance. They happen just like any other accident: because a driver was careless or reckless. Some of the most common reasons why you may be injured in a Lyft or Uber accident include:
- Driver distraction
Lyft and Uber drivers sign into work and accept ride requests through a cell phone application. That means that they typically have their cell phone within eye-sight while they drive. They also pay attention to the notifications on their cell phone, as well as the GPS navigation application on their cell phones. As a result, rideshare drivers can become easily distracted while the transport you as a passenger. If you were in an accident with an Uber or Lyft, and you believe it was because the rideshare driver was using their cell phone, call an Uber accident attorney right away.
- Driver fatigue
Lyft and Uber drivers often work long and odd hours in order to increase their compensation. For instance, a driver may get up and head out to drive at 1 or 2 a.m. when bars close. However, this means they may be driving you when they are exhausted, which significantly increases the risk of accidents.
The faster a driver can get their passenger to their destination, the sooner they can accept a new passenger. There is a clear incentive for Uber and Lyft drivers to get to and from the next passenger quickly, so that they can earn more money. However, speeding with or without a passenger in the vehicle makes it more likely that the rideshare driver will cause a crash. If you were in a Lyft driver car accident because of the Lyft driver’s speeding, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC today.
- Reckless driving
Not all drivers are as careful as they should be. A Lyft or Uber driver may speed, tailgate, improperly change lanes, and take all sorts of maneuvers that increase the risk of a collision. Taxi drivers often have a reputation for aggressive and reckless driving; however, Uber and Lyft drivers have been known to cause reckless driving accidents too. If you were hurt because of a rideshare driver’s reckless tactics, call an Uber car accident attorney as soon as you can.
- Impaired driving
Uber and Lyft have policies against their drivers operating vehicles with drugs or alcohol in their systems. However, not all rideshare drivers comply with those policies. There have been many reports regarding rideshare drivers driving drunk and putting peoples’ lives at risk. If you were in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver and you believe they were intoxicated at the time, contact an Uber car accident lawyer.
- Speeding or improper lane changes in work zones
Construction zones are heavily marked and have lower speed limits for a reason – there are many potential hazards in the area. Rideshare drivers who are in a hurry and ignore work zone signs are much more likely to cause a crash.
- Improperly maintained vehicles
There are only minimal standards for the type of vehicle an Uber or Lyft driver must have and the state in which they should maintain it. There is also little-to-no oversight regarding vehicle inspections, routine maintenance, and repairs. For example, you could get into an Uber without knowing that the driver has failed to get its breaks checked and fixed. Lack of maintenance on a Lyft or Uber’s driver’s vehicle could put you in danger.
An Uber Driver Hit my Car
If an Uber or Lyft hits you while you are driving your own vehicle, you should initially proceed as you would in the aftermath of any other accident. For instance, you should check to see if you’re injured and call for help if you need it. Then, you should get to a safe place away from traffic. Next, you should call the police to report the accident. Finally, you should exchange information with the other driver; and take photos of the collision scene. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we understand that if you are seriously injured, you may be taken away in an ambulance and unable to gather information at the scene. That is OK. We will obtain this information for you.
One of our Uber accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine what happened and who was at fault. If we obtain evidence that the Uber or Lyft driver caused a crash, then we will determine whether that driver was working for Uber or Lyft at the time or driving for personal reasons. If the rideshare driver was not logged into the Lyft or Uber app and accepting passengers, then you must file an insurance claim against the driver’s personal auto insurance policy.
However, if the Uber or Lyft driver was working at the time, your property damage and personal injuries will typically be covered by the company insurance policy. Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies vary depending on the circumstances. If the Lyft or Uber driver did not have a passenger in the vehicle at the time and was waiting on a ride request, then the insurance policy limits are usually lower than if the driver was transporting a passenger the car. When a driver is waiting for a passenger request, Uber and Lyft typically carry at least $50,000 injury liability per person and $25,000 property damage liability. If the driver has accepted a passenger request or has a passenger in the vehicle, then each rideshare company usually has a $1 million insurance policy.
I Was in an Uber When It Crashed
If you were an Uber car accident passenger, call an Uber accident attorney right away. As a rideshare passenger, you need to know who caused the crash and your injuries. Was it the rideshare driver or was it someone else? In certain circumstances, it is clear, and you can provide that information to your lawyer. In other circumstances, you may have no idea what happened and who is at fault. That is why we are here to investigate the crash for you.
Compensation After a Rideshare Accident
If you were injured in a car accident that involved an Uber or Lyft, call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC right away. We will thoroughly review your circumstances, document your injuries, and discuss the potential value of your claim.
You may be able to seek compensation for:
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
If an Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident, then we will explain how we may secure compensation for you through a Lyft or Uber accident settlement. Considering the sizeable insurance policies that Uber and Lyft typically carry, there is no need to accept a low-ball offer. Work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta, GA to determine a fair financial recovery for your injuries and then negotiate with the rideshare company.
Contact an Uber Accident Lawyer for Help
If you were involved in a car accident with an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare program, the best thing to do is call an experienced and skilled attorney. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have over 33 years of experience helping seriously injured individuals. And ever since rideshare programs came on the scene, we have helped people injured in Uber and Lyft crashes recover the compensation they deserve under the law.
To discuss how we can help, call us at (404) 419-6674. You can also submit your information through our online form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.