A Rise in Rideshare Services Shows Increase in Traffic Accidents and FatalitiesA joint study out of the University of Chicago and Rice University showed that with the meteoric rise in rideshare services, traffic fatalities have increased 2% to 3% in the United States. One reason may be that the emergence of rideshare services saw a notable increase in new car registrations, traffic congestion, and vehicle miles traveled. According to the study, prior to the arrival of companies like Uber and Lyft, there had been a significant decline in motor vehicle accidents. As the popularity and convenience of rideshare services increased around the country, so did the number of accidents. It was not just accidents involving vehicle occupants but also motor vehicle fatalities involving pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and more.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved in a Rideshare Accident?As with any auto accident, it is critical that you act fast. Each state places a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a claim for personal injury or wrongful death. Failure to bring a lawsuit within that statutory time period could affect your right to compensation. If you are involved in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare accident, you need to:
- Contact law enforcement;
- Take photos at the scene of the accident (if you are physically able to);
- Report the accident to the rideshare company;
- Document everything from eye-witness information to road conditions;
- Seek medical treatment; and
- Contact our office.
Can I Sue an Uber Driver?If the Uber driver was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, under most circumstances, you will be able to pursue a claim for damages. Even if another driver was at fault for your injuries, but you were a passenger in an Uber at the time, you may still be able to pursue compensation against the driver through their insurance policy. Uber and other rideshare drivers are required to carry insurance in accordance with state law. A rideshare company may also maintain additional coverage on their drivers in case of an accident. Uber, for example, maintains $1,000,000 third-party liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and contingent comprehensive and collision for drivers that are involved in an accident while en route to pick up riders and during trips.
Can I Receive Compensation After an Uber Accident?If you are injured in an Uber accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you are likely entitled to compensation. As with any traffic collision, rideshare accidents may require an independent investigation to determine who was at fault. It is important to note that it is not your responsibility to determine who was liable for the accident. Once retained, our experienced Uber & Lyft accident lawyers will help gather evidence in your case, proving who should be held responsible for your injuries. Whether you were a rideshare passenger, driver, or a third party, we can help. With over 50 years of combined experience in auto injury recovery, we know what it takes to win.
What Kind of Damages Can I Receive?One of the most common questions individuals injured in Uber accidents ask is how much their case is worth. Compensation is determined by the amount of loss that an injured party suffered. A rideshare accident victim may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property/Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering