A shortage of Uber and Lyft drivers is causing long wait times and high prices for customers in several states, with Florida being no exception.
But what else could this driver shortage cause? Accidents, leaving injured passengers wondering where to turn.
While it’s no secret that Uber and Lyft have been involved in numerous serious auto accidents and injuries across the nation, the problem is likely to worsen due to increased pressure on a smaller number of drivers.
Let’s explore the top common causes of Uber and Lyft auto accidents:
- Driver Distraction due to reliance on GPS and Uber or Lyft app notifications. Your Uber or Lyft driver takes their eyes off the road every time they receive a new ride request or updated route to get you where you need to go, which is likely to happen a handful of times during the average Uber or Lyft trip from point A to point B.On top of this, many drivers are picking up and dropping off passengers in areas that are unfamiliar to them, and as a result, they might miss unexpected speed limit changes, road construction, three-way stops, etc. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
- Driver Fatigue is a common cause of all auto accidents, but when it comes to rideshare drivers, most have money on the mind. As a result, they may choose to pick up just one more passenger for a few extra bucks, even when they know they are too tired to keep driving.The recent driver shortage has only increased the pressure on drivers to keep up with the demand, perhaps against their better judgment. Unfortunately, this misstep in judgment could quickly turn into an auto accident—one that could be a matter of life and death.
- Violating The Rules Of The Road – One of the most common traffic violations that causes auto accidents is speeding; it reduces the driver’s ability to brake in time to avoid unforeseen obstacles in the road (including other vehicles or pedestrians), and increases the likelihood of running a stop sign or red light.The motivation to speed can be strong, especially for a rideshare driver who is trying to ensure that their passenger is brought to their destination on time, or that their next passenger doesn’t have to wait long. This is compounded by the fact that rideshare drivers are paid per ride—meaning the more rides they accept in a given period of time, the more money they make.
- Driver Intoxication – Despite the responsibility an Uber or Lyft driver takes on each time they let a passenger into their vehicle, intoxicated driving remains an issue. Even worse, it’s unlikely that a passenger will be able to tell that their driver is intoxicated until it’s too late.
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance – Currently, there is no system in place for ensuring that an Uber or Lyft driver’s vehicle is in safe condition. Whether it’s low tire pressure, a failing brake system, or even worn-out windshield wipers, poor vehicle maintenance can lead to a serious accident.
Injured In An Uber Or Lyft Accident? Contact A Rideshare Accident Attorney
As an injured passenger, the first thing you should do after an Uber or Lyft accident is seek medical attention. This is important not only to ensure your physical well-being, but to obtain documentation of the accident and your injuries by a medical professional. Should a lawsuit need to be filed, this evidence will be paramount to obtaining the compensation you deserve.
The second most important step is to contact an experienced rideshare accident attorney in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. The attorney will be able to collect evidence regarding liability for the accident, which will indicate where and how to obtain compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
The attorney will also be able to help you file a claim, navigate the complicated insurance process, communicate with the proper insurance representatives on your behalf, and determine the true value of your injuries.
It may be tempting to put your trust in Uber or Lyft, but beware that your well-being is not their priority—they are out to keep their costs low, which usually means denying liability at your expense.
Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A.—Hallandale, Florida Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you’ll likely need professional legal help in order to prove who caused the accident, gather the right evidence to show that you suffered damages, and seek compensation from the right sources. The guidance of an experienced rideshare accident attorney is critical to protecting your rights.
At Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A., you’ll find seasoned rideshare accident attorneys who are ready and eager to evaluate your case. We serve many cities throughout Florida, including Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and Jacksonville.
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