Passengers Are Getting Injured in Uber & Lyft AccidentsJanuary 17, 2019
People look to rideshare outfits like Lyft and Uber for convenience, quick pick-up, and low-cost. But what they are getting, in many cases, is injuries.
Statistics show that the year 2010 saw the fewest highway fatalities in 60 years. Then the number of deaths started to rise again, two to three percent annually in the years since.
Why Are Uber And Lyft Getting Blamed?
The draft of a new study claims that the cause of this is ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft.
Both Uber and Lyft claim that their drivers are properly vetted for passenger safety. But there is still an excellent chance that you will be boarding a vehicle that has not been properly maintained, with a driver whose skills may be negligible.
Another reason is that their unique structuring puts much of the liability, including passenger injuries and deaths, on the shoulders of their drivers, who work as subcontractors. There are a large number of these, with 750,000 Uber drivers in the United States alone. That’s three times the number of taxi drivers, who are usually insured by their employers.
If you are hurt as a passenger, whom would you rather sue – a Fortune 500 company, or the driver who plowed into the tree? This dilemma is why people look to a law firm with experience sorting through rideshare injury cases, and looking for the precedent that best applies to their situation.
The authors of the study caution that it has not yet been reviewed, and that neither Uber nor Lyft provided driver enrollment data. Because of this, they measured instead app adoption, by extrapolating rideshare keyword searches in Google, which other research into rideshare data points has used.
Additionally, the study is still in draft form.
If You Are in A Rideshare Crash
If you find yourself in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you should handle the situation the way you would if you were in a regular vehicle.
The first thing you must do is assess what has happened. If you are injured, dial 911 for emergency care.
It is important to seek care even if injuries seem minor. Doctors can check for internal or delayed-onset injuries. Ask your provider for documentation of your injuries.
If you do not need immediate medical attention, wait for the police to take down your side of the incident.
Document the crash. Use your camera, phone, tablet, or notepad to copy down phone numbers of witnesses, license information, and so forth. Photograph the scene itself, from different angles.
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