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Ride-Sharing Vehicle Accidents (Uber/Lyft)

Posted on February 26, 2020

From the 2011 launch of the first ridesharing service in San Francisco, ridesharing services were hailed as a solution to several of our urban transportation maladies:  individual mobility in crowded cities, impaired driving and DUIs, and transportation in underserved neighborhoods.  Uber and Lyft have led the way to increasing mobility in crowded cities and underserved neighborhoods, as well as providing more transportation options so inebriated passengers aren’t tempted to get behind the wheel.

But recent data points that show an increasing number of ridesharing accidents (due in part to the sheer quantity of ridesharing drivers) may be casting a shadow over the ridesharing safety benefits.  Studies from University of Chicago and Rice University contend that ridesharing services account for an annual increase in traffic fatalities of 3%.  The assumption behind this may include not only an increase in ridesharing vehicles on the road, but that many of these ridesharing drivers are distracted as they look at their GPS to locate pick-up points or search for their passengers waiting on the sidewalks, rather than keeping their eyes on the road.

With the increase in ridesharing vehicle accidents, it’s important to note that most ridesharing companies maintain extensive liability insurance to cover drivers when they are officially picking up, dropping off, or driving passengers.  However, when contacting a ridesharing company in reference to an accident, the victim will typically be rerouted to contact the driver’s own insurance. 

If you were injured in an accident while riding in a ridesharing vehicle, you may be able to hold the driver liable for injuries.  Was the driver speeding, driving recklessly, or distracted?

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But first, be sure you are safe and call 911 to obtain medical attention you or others may need.  Then, if you can do so safely, take notes of what happened, weather and road conditions, and the vehicle positioning.  Take photos of the vehicle and any injuries.  Request the names and contact information of any witnesses.  Next, ask the police officer for the accident report and case number.  Afterwards, contact your insurance company and tell them you were in an accident but do not permit them to record a statement.  Moreover, do not discuss the details of the accident with anyone other than your attorney.

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