The way that Uber’s and Lyft’s systems work, they almost encourage distraction among rideshare drivers. While they are behind the wheel of a car, they are also focused on looking at the app and scanning for pickups. Unlike the old taxi dispatches where they could communicate by radio, Uber and Lyft drivers may be looking down at their devices searching for new ride requests. As a result, they may take their eyes off the road. The entire system encourages drivers to use a device behind the wheel.
Even with passengers in the car, Uber and Lyft drivers may not be as safe as they should. There are a number of common reasons for Uber and Lyft accidents. They include:
In fact, there are very few requirements for someone to be allowed behind the wheel as an Uber or Lyft driver. These companies seem more concerned with making sure that someone knows how to use the app than giving them the appropriate amount of safety training.
While these companies review your criminal history and driver record, they generally do not give any safety training for drivers. However, driving a rideshare vehicle is not as simple as driving a car under normal circumstances. It is fair to say that the lack of training increases the dangers for passengers and other drivers on the road.
Uber prides itself in putting new drivers on the road very quickly. However, the ease of signup for drivers does nothing but pad the company’s bottom line at the expense of passenger and motorist safety.
Research studies have attempted to quantify the overall negative impact that rideshare drivers have had on road safety. One study from the University of Chicago and Rice University found that rideshare cars increased the amount of road fatalities in the U.S. by 2-3% since the industry began in 2011. This trend is evident in traffic fatality statistics in cities like San Francisco, where Uber was started.
While you may think that Uber and Lyft make roads safer by keeping some drivers off the roads, rideshare operators driving the roads between pickups actually increases congestion and makes things more dangerous for other drivers. In reality, Uber and Lyft make roads more dangerous because they take people off of public transportation and put them into cars.
One of the most important things to do after a rideshare accident is to work on building your claim. Since rideshare drivers do not work for Uber and Lyft, your claim will most likely be resolved by the insurance company as opposed to in a lawsuit. This means that you need someone on your side who would think like the insurance company. This applies to both your legal and medical experts.
For their part, your doctors need to create a file that is thorough and easily understood by insurance companies. They are not just making notes in your file for their own reference as they treat you. They are explaining your condition to an insurance adjuster who is trying to determine the extent of your injuries and how much you deserve in compensation. This is why you need a physician who is experienced in personal injury cases like rideshare accidents.
At 388CEDA we have experienced physicians who offer diagnostic and treatment services and can provide thorough and accurate documentation of your injuries and the treatment the injuries received. We offer the following services:
Rideshare accidents mean that you are negotiating a settlement agreement with an insurance company. Uber and Lyft policies are big money makers for these companies, and they do not want to reduce their profits by paying too much in claims.
Once you request it, 388CEDA can recommend an experienced rideshare accident attorney to represent you as you seek financial compensation. Call us today at 1-800-388-CEDA to learn how we can help put an attorney in our network to work for you. Find out about our medical services and legal network today!
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