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What Are The Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents? Uber Accidents & Lyft Accidents

More Ridesharing has become increasingly popular, offering an efficient way for Americans to get around. While this service adds incredible convenience to your commute, it is not without risk. Reckless drivers and unsafe vehicles are just two potential threats that riders face, so it is important to remain vigilant. If you have been injured in […]
Published:  April 5, 2022

Ridesharing has become increasingly popular, offering an efficient way for Americans to get around.

While this service adds incredible convenience to your commute, it is not without risk. Reckless drivers and unsafe vehicles are just two potential threats that riders face, so it is important to remain vigilant. If you have been injured in a rideshare-related wreck, contact an experienced Uber or Lyft lawyer today.

What is Ridesharing?

Ridesharing is a service that provides one-way transportation on demand. Companies like Uber and Lyft allow passengers to secure a ride on short notice, with the biggest distinction between the two being availability. In early 2017, Uber operated in over 250 cities across 45 countries and Lyft could be found in 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Since then, both companies have continued to expand, now serving even more riders. 

9 Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents

1. Distracted Driving
Any activity that takes your rideshare driver’s attention away from the road puts you at risk – from texting to entering your destination into a navigation app. If distracted driving caused your accident, our rideshare lawyers can help.

2. Scanning for Passengers
Some rideshare accidents occur when drivers are picking up passengers in unfamiliar areas. With their focus on finding the right location, some drivers may stop unexpectedly or make sudden turns – and cause a collision.

3. Driver Fatigue
Because rideshare driving is a side job for many, their hours behind the wheel are tacked on to an already exhausting schedule. If fatigue contributed to your accident, our rideshare accidents can help recover the compensation you deserve.

4. Parking In Unsafe Areas
When picking up or dropping off passengers, rideshare drivers may park in undesignated areas, potentially putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk.

5. Failure to Properly Maintain Vehicle
If your rideshare driver’s vehicle has not received routine maintenance, a malfunction – such as a blown tire or unresponsive brakes – could result in a dangerous auto accident.

6. Driving Intoxicated
Passengers often request rideshare services to avoid driving under the influence of drugs, but sometimes their driver arrives in the same state. If impaired driving played a role in your accident, contact an Uber or Lyft lawyer immediately.

7. Reckless Driving
Far too many rideshare accidents result from reckless driving – including speeding, tailgating, disobeying road rules, etc. To hold your Uber or Lyft driver accountable, get in touch today.

8. Inexperience
A lack of driving experience can put passengers’ safety at risk. That is why it is important to check a driver’s reviews before accepting a ride.

9. Violence
While big rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft run background checks on their drivers, this procedure does not necessarily guarantee that violent individuals do not get behind the wheel.

Common Rideshare Accident Injuries

·       Neck injuries, back injuries, and whiplash 

·       Broken bones/joint damage 

·       Spinal cord injuries 

·       Burns 

·       Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Safety Tips When Using Ridesharing Apps

Our rideshare accident lawyers recommend the following tips to help you stay safe:

Check ID.
The ridesharing app provides a photo of your driver, as well as their car’s license plate number. When your driver arrives, verify their identity before hopping in. 

Consult review scores.
Checking your driver’s review score on the rideshare app is simple, so make sure you take a look before accepting the ride.

Recognize an emergency before it’s too late.
If you have even the slightest sense that your personal safety is in jeopardy, call 911 immediately.

Trust your gut.
If something seems strange or suspicious about the driver, do not get into the vehicle. 

How to File A Personal Injury Claim For Rideshare Accident

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by your rideshare driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Our rideshare accident lawyers will work to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions, and to recover the damages you deserve. The rideshare company may be liable as well, and while they typically do all they can to shift the blame, our team will fight to see justice done. Trust our experienced Uber and Lyft lawyers to handle your personal injury claim from start to finish, offering proven legal advice each step of the way.

More Questions? Discover A Rideshare Accident Lawyer Near Me

Our Lyft and Uber lawyers are here to help, so get in touch today! If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, call The Mike Hostilo Law Firm to schedule your free consultation.

We are proud to serve Uber accident and Lyft accident victims in the following areas: 

GEORGIA LAWYERS
Albany, GA
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Columbus, GA
Macon, GA
(Park of Commerce) Savannah, GA
(Abercorn) Savannah, GA
Statesboro, GA 
Warner Robins, GA

 SOUTH CAROLINA LAWYERS 
Aiken, SC
Beaufort, SC 
North Charleston, SC  

ALABAMA LAWYERS 
Phenix City, AL

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