In the past decade, rideshare vehicles have provided more than 11 billion trips to passengers. As a result, many places have seen a decrease in drunk driving accidents; however, Uber and Lyft accidents are on the rise. As a result, injured passengers are seeking legal representation and filing lawsuits to have the best chance of recovery.
While Uber or Lyft drivers are not necessarily more likely to have accidents, more people now have access to transportation options. According to an Uber safety report, its drivers were involved in 97 fatal crashes in 2017 and 2018, resulting in 107 deaths. The report, however, offered no data on the number of non-fatal accidents or corresponding injuries.
While a rideshare lawsuit can offer an injury victim the chance to make a full recovery, there are a number of complexities that determine how much a plaintiff may actually be able to collect in terms of compensation. For example, if a rideshare driver is in an accident while they are looking for a passenger, there is much less coverage than the $1 million rideshare companies offer on accidents while the driver is actively driving passengers.
In addition to the coverage varying depending on the status of the Uber driver, the $1 million is per accident, not per passenger. So, if multiple passengers are injured and have medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, their joint coverage is capped at $1 million.
When an accident victim pursues a claim, they’ll need to prove the Uber driver was at fault in order to be eligible for compensation through the rideshare company. While there are many reasons crashes happen, rideshare drivers often work long hours without breaks—resulting in fatigued driving. There’s also the chance drivers are in cities in which they are not familiar with the roads and they may be distracted by their GPS. In some instances, the rideshare company may be held accountable in the event there was a lack of screening for a particular driver who was found to have driving citations or a criminal record.
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you deserve the opportunity to make a full recovery. An attorney from the Rideshare Law Group can explain your legal rights and options and help you pursue a claim to cover the losses related to the crash. To learn more, contact us today.