Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare Accidents

Personal Injury Orlando

Rideshare Accidents

Unfortunately, rideshare accidents happen just like any other car accident.

Typically, rideshare accidents are caused by rushing… drivers hurrying to get to their client or destination as quickly as possible so that they can get to their next job. This often results in distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, inexperience, unsafe lane changes, and more.

Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is among the most common causes of all car accidents (including rideshare accidents) and rideshare drivers are more prone to distraction than others behind the wheel; especially since rideshare drivers rely on their smartphones to navigate unknown areas or even communicate with unfamiliar riders.

Driving Under the Influence
Keep in mind that rideshare drivers are independent contractors and not employees of the companies for which they drive. There is little supervision of these drivers, and some may drink or use drugs before working or between fares. There is no regular screening of drivers for drug or alcohol use.

Rideshare Accidents

Fatigued Driving
Rideshare drivers make money by driving as many jobs as possible. This often leads Uber or Lyft to keep working even while fatigued. Not only does fatigue affect driver perception and response, but it may also cause them to fall asleep at the wheel. Research has shown that fatigued driving is as dangerous as driving while under the influence.

Speeding is a factor in a large percentage of car accidents. A rideshare driver hurrying to pick up a passenger or get them to their destination may ignore speed limits or lose control while they are rushing.

Running Stop Signs or Red Lights
Again, always in a hurry, drivers may speed up when the light is yellow or simply run through a red light or stop sign. The resulting car crashes are often catastrophic.

Rear-end accidents often occur due to tailgating; especially if the weather is icy or wet.

Unsafe Lane Changes
Unsafe lane changes or improper passing in city traffic are frequent causes of serious accidents.

Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Poor vehicle maintenance is the reason for many crashes and injuries. Brakes fail, tires blow out, and even a cracked windshield can disrupt the driver’s sightlines. Keep in mind that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft do not inspect these vehicles, and maintenance is the owner’s responsibility.

Although liability for rideshare accidents may seem straightforward (after all you were not driving), it is complicated. Rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft have deep pockets and extensive legal help limiting their responsibility. Do not try to fight them alone… we can help.

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