Many people wonder if ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft are as safe
as other options, like taxi services or public transportation. This is
a legitimate concern, after all, considering that there have been numerous
car accidents and even physical assaults on passengers by drivers.
While rideshare services assure their customers that their drivers are
background checked and qualified, there will always be an element of risk
involved in accepting a ride from a total stranger. Did you know that
rideshare companies are not even considered transportation services, as
they are often able to operate outside of the regulations that traditional
transportation services must abide by? Unlike taxi drivers, Uber and Lyft
drivers are not held to the same qualification standards – for instance,
US News, they do not have to be fingerprinted and may potentially even be allowed
to drive with a criminal background (background checks only look at the
previous seven years). In fact, just about anyone with their own car,
auto insurance, and a valid driver’s license can become a rideshare
driver – even with prior driving offenses on their criminal record.
Ubers Come with Built-In Distractions
Most people are aware that driving with distractions can be incredibly
dangerous. Things like eating, texting, or even listening to excessively
loud music can increase the chance of an accident. While we’ve all
heard that it is important not to use cell phones while driving, rideshare
Uber and Lyft rely on them. Drivers use GPS maps to follow the route to a given address
and refer to them frequently while driving, taking their focus off the
road. They also consult their smartphones throughout their time on duty
in order to find and accept new fares. As they may only have a matter
of seconds to accept a new job, the likelihood is that they will do so
while they are driving. Even a momentary glance at a phone can be enough
to cause a serious accident, especially at night or in adverse weather
Seeking Compensation After an Uber Accident
In some cases, you may be able to file a personal injury claim seeking
compensation from Uber if your driver was at fault for the accident. Because
liability and insurance matters can be complex in rideshare accident cases,
it is a good idea to work with a qualified car accident attorney who can
examine auto insurance policies, gather data including photographs and
police reports, and calculate the damages you have suffered.
The Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Kelley/Uustal stand ready to
assist you with your Uber accident claim.
Call us today at (954) 522-6601 to
schedule a consultation.