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Uber & Lyft Auto Accidents

As ride-sharing services have become more popular, so have the accidents involving Lyft and Uber vehicles. A recent study found that traffic fatalities rose in most major categories in 2019, with passenger vehicle occupants being number one. With more people opting for ride shares vs. owning or driving their car, the chances of a ride-share accident have ever increased.

What makes ride-sharing accidents different from other types of car accidents? There are a few key factors:

Firstly, most ride-sharing drivers are not professional drivers. They may not have the same level of training or experience as taxi or limo drivers. A standard State issued driver’s license and a background check for traffic-related and violent crimes are all required to be a ride-share driver.

Another factor is that ride-sharing trips are often short and fast-paced. Drivers may be more likely to take risks, such as speeding or making sudden turns, to get their passengers to their destination quickly.

Finally, there’s the issue of insurance. Ride-sharing companies typically provide only limited liability coverage for their drivers. If you’re injured in a ride-sharing accident, you may have a more challenging time getting compensation from the driver’s insurance company.

What can you do to protect yourself if you’re planning to use a ride-sharing service? Here are a few tips:

– Check the driver’s rating before getting in the car. Lyft and Uber both allow passengers to rate their drivers after each trip. If a driver has consistently low ratings, it’s probably best to avoid them.

– Pay attention to the car’s condition. Ensure the tires are in good condition and there are no obvious mechanical problems. If the car is in poor condition, it’s more likely to be involved in an accident.

– Buckle up. This one is essential no matter what kind of vehicle you’re in, but it’s vital in a ride-sharing car, where the risk of an accident is higher.

  • Use your best judgment. If something doesn’t feel right about the driver or the car, don’t get in. Trust your instincts and go with another driver if you’re not comfortable.

What should you do if you are involved in a ride-sharing accident?

If you’re involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you should take a few essential steps to ensure your safety and protect your rights.

  • If possible, get out of the car and move to a safe location away from traffic. Once you’re out of immediate danger, check yourself for injuries and, if necessary, call 911. Also, take pictures of the scene, the vehicle, and the surroundings.
  • If you do not require immediate emergency medical attention, your next step should be to contact Uber or Lyft. You can do this through the app or by calling customer service. Uber and Lyft both have 24/7 customer service teams that can help you in the event of an accident. They will likely direct you to file a police report and may also provide additional resources or support. Collect all the relevant information, including the driver’s name and license plate number.
  • After contacting Uber or Lyft, you should contact your insurance company to file a claim. If you have any questions or concerns about what to do next, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

Injured in a Florida vehicular accident? Call us today.

If you are injured in a ride-sharing accident, contact The Briggs Law Firm at our Ocala, Florida office at (352) 670-2165. We can help you understand your options and the strengths and weaknesses of your case. There is no obligation when scheduling an appointment with one of our experienced North Central Florida accident attorneys, and the consultation is free. Let us help you file a claim to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Call our office today for more information.