Car Accidents with Rideshare Services

rideshareServices like Uber and Lyft have changed the way we get around. Instead of needing to hire a taxi company with hidden fees, you get a price upfront depending on your city, location, and where you are trying to go. It is a great resource whether you have a car or not, for example, if you drive to a bar and drink too much, a rideshare service can get you home safely. However, once back in your own car, what happens if you get into a car accident with a rideshare driver?

Unlike a person driving his or her car for leisure, a rideshare driver is guaranteed to have car insurance – it is a requirement. When with a passenger in the car, or on the way to pick up a passenger, there is additional coverage provided by the rideshare company. Uber, for example, provides a $1,000,000 minimum for liability coverage, and the same amount to protect their driver, and any passengers, if the people in the rideshare are not at fault and the other party has poor or no insurance. Rideshare drivers not interacting with the app are covered by their own insurance only.

The University of Chicago and Rice University researchers have found that fatal injuries spiked after Uber or Lyft was launched in a city. Rideshare companies offer incentives for their drivers to complete more trips, and this can cause dangerous competitiveness because there is no limit of how long a driver can complete trips for. A driver may become overtired trying to earn a badge or reach a goal, instead of calling it a night.

It may not be obvious at first if you have been in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver,  especially if they are in the middle of a trip, but you will want to react similarly to a car accident with anyone. First, call the police if you are able. Having a police report will be important when filing an insurance claim. After calling, gather as much information as you can. Get the insurance and contact information of everyone in the other car, including passengers. If there were any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information as well. Take pictures of the accident and any bodily harm to yourself.

Contact an Orland Park Car Accident Attorney

Getting in a car accident with a rideshare driver can complicate your ability to get the compensation you deserve after an accident. These cases can uncharted territory due to the new technology. Contact an experienced Orland Park car accident attorney today to handle your accident with an Uber or Lyft Driver. Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 708-633-6005.

 

Source:

https://www.businessinsider.com/uber-lyft-ride-hailing-increases-fatal-car-accidents-new-research-shows-2018-10

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