At the Rideshare Law Group, we understand how an accident can completely upend your life. When an Uber or Lyft driver’s actions caused your crash and the resulting injuries and losses, you have the right to hold them accountable and seek compensation to get your life back in order. If that’s a situation you’re in, you need help from our Illinois rideshare accident lawyers.
Accident victims have the legal right to pursue a claim after they’ve been harmed wrongfully. Whether your Uber or Lyft driver was negligent behind the wheel or we discover the rideshare company is to blame for what happened, we can guide you through the process and ensure you receive what you deserve for what you’ve been through.
Uber and Lyft Accidents in Illinois
Rideshare accidents happen all over Illinois, but incidents are most common in and around Chicago. In the recent past, accidents have resulted from drunk driving, distracted driving, and recklessness. If you’ve been in an accident in Illinois, you may not know where to turn. As nationwide rideshare accident attorneys, we can help you no matter where your wreck took place.
As of February 2021, actions were being taken to reduce rideshare accident rates. Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, along with Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgie, introduced the Safe Recall Information Distributed Equitably Act (Safe RIDE Act). If passed, it has the potential to help improve passenger safety, and the response rate to vehicle recall notices by ensuring cars used for ridesharing services get required repairs when subject to recalls.
According to Schakowsky, “Rideshare vehicles – a vital source of mobility for those who lack access to more traditional means of transportation – must be defect-free to remain a safe, reliable means of transportation. In response to troubling evidence suggesting that many rideshare vehicles are operating with unrepaired defects, the Safe RIDE Act will study how we can ensure that rideshare vehicles with open recalls are repaired and make vehicle recall notices easier for consumers to understand. The first step towards addressing this issue is understanding how we can make rideshare vehicles safer for their passengers, drivers, and all road users. I thank my friend Congressman Johnson for introducing this important legislation, and I’m proud to be an original cosponsor.”
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
While a crash can happen for a number of reasons, certain factors are more likely to be present prior to an Uber or Lyft crash. Some of those factors include poor vehicle maintenance, distracted driving, and reckless driving.
While Uber and Lyft both require their drivers to maintain their vehicles, that doesn’t always happen. Worn tires, improperly fixed engines, and broken windshield wipers can all contribute to a driver losing control of their car. When that happens in a highly congested area, it’s more likely for the injuries to be severe.
When it comes to driving distracted, rideshare drivers have the task of ensuring they focus on the road while balancing the rideshare app. Aside from ensuring they’re on the proper route via the phone’s GPS, Uber and Lyft drivers should not use any devices during a trip. Doing so takes their attention away from the wheel and the road, which can easily result in a crash.
When an Uber or Lyft driver is attempting to get as many rides in during their shift as they can, it’s possible they could start to disregard traffic signs and signals. When a rideshare driver runs a stoplight or stop sign, fails to abide by the speed limit, or dangerously cuts off other drivers in an attempt to get to a destination sooner, they are putting their passenger and others at risk.
No matter the cause of your accident, our attorneys can review your situation and help you decide how best to proceed.
State Requirements for Rideshare Drivers
While every city has slightly different requirements for rideshare vehicles, driver requirements are the same across the state. Let’s take a look at what Uber and Lyft require of their drivers:
- Meet the minimum age to drive in your city
- Have a least one year of licensed driving experience
- Have at least three years of driving experience if under the age of 23
- Use an eligible 4-door vehicle
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be 25 years or older
- Pass a driver screening, which reviews driving history and criminal background
- Have a smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app
In the event, through our investigation, we discover that your rideshare driver did not meet the company’s requirements, we can look to hold the company accountable for negligent hiring. Even when a driver meets those qualifications, however, there’s still a chance their negligent actions could result in an accident, as well as your injuries and other losses.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been involved in a crash with a rideshare driver, you need the help of our Illinois rideshare accident lawyers. We promise to provide you with the legal representation required to obtain a full and fair monetary award for your injuries and other losses.
We understand how challenging it can be to recover from injuries after an accident, which is why we are here to manage your legal affairs. While you focus on recovering physically and mentally, we will be diligently working on your claim and ensuring that the negligent party is held accountable for their actions.
To learn more about your legal rights or how to best pursue a claim based on your situation, contact the Rideshare Law Group today.