Ride Sharing Accidents
As the landscape of our roads and highways changes, so do trends for the drivers who traverse it. In years past, outside of public transportation, individuals had limited options if they were without a means of transportation for themselves. Frustration from expensive and inconvenient taxi services combined with technological advancements brought rideshare programs to users in a way unlike anything before. Now, anyone in need of a ride need only open a rideshare app on their phone, type in a destination, and a rideshare driver will take care of the rest. While convenient, the ubiquity of rideshare giants like Lyft and Uber has come at a high cost for some passengers, and has created a new web of problems for drivers and users alike.
Rideshare programs have raised safety questions for rideshare drivers, rideshare passengers, and others who share the roads with them. More cars on the roads can mean an increased chance of suffering an accident. While rideshare apps were created to decongest roads and prevent incapacitated drivers from getting behind the wheel, the ease of making additional income for rideshare drivers means more and more cars on the roads. Those that have been involved in a ridesharing accident know firsthand the nightmare of complex legal issues that can potentially unfold involving multiple insurance policies, compensation for medical bills, and determining liability – or who is at fault.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
While ridesharing can be a source of positivity by eliminating DWIs and DUI risks, it’s not foolproof with regard to road safety. In fact, traffic deaths have increased by 2% to 3% every year since rideshares gained popularity among users in 2011. While 2% to 3% may not sound substantial, the statistic translates to the loss of nearly 987 lives annually. In addition to more drivers on the road, rideshares have been linked to an increase in car accidents due to the following common causes:
Uber drivers are often asked to navigate unfamiliar areas of town in order to complete trips. This means that in addition to driving, drivers must focus on other factors such as street signs and the rideshare application itself.
It’s a scene any rideshare passenger has witnessed: the driver using the rideshare application on their phone while driving you around. It is widely known that distracted driving – particularly the use of cellphones – has been the catalyst to an increase in pedestrian, motorcycle, and car accidents in recent years; and rideshare accidents are not immune to its dangers either. Other forms of distracted driving that inhibit a driver’s ability to pay attention to the road include talking on the phone, texting and using social media, as well as listening to music with headphones.
For rideshare drivers, each trip equals financial income, and drivers feel pressure to accept and complete as many trips as possible. Speed is a top cause of all types of auto accidents, and ridesharing crashes are no different. Speeding not only increases the severity of car accident injuries, it can also cause fatalities.
It’s common for drivers to use rideshare apps as a second job or “side hustle” to make additional income. Because choosing to drive and accepting trips is just as easy for drivers as it is for passengers to request a ride, drivers may choose to pick up driving shifts at the end of their regular workday. Exhaustion can have a devastating effect on a driver’s ability to focus and react to numerous situations on the road.
Anytime you enter an Uber or a Lyft vehicle, you run the risk of being harmed by the driver. The companies do not provide sufficient safety measures. Recent reports and lawsuits have shown the companies received thousands of reports by riders that their drivers sexually assaulted them.
Houston Ridesharing Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one was involved in a rideshare accident, you do not have to fight corporations and their insurance carriers on your own. You need the guidance of a seasoned attorney with your best interests in mind. Determining factors like who is at fault are often complex legal matters the attorneys at Adame Garza are skilled at resolving. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.