While rideshare services like Uber and Lyft can help you get to where you need to go in a relatively cost-effective manner, accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries and financial losses. If you’ve been harmed in an accident, the New Hampshire rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group are here to help.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling Uber and Lyft accident claims, and we’re prepared to take your case on next. In order to understand the impact of rideshare crashes, let’s take a look at some facts and statistics for New Hampshire.
Rideshare Accidents in New Hampshire: Facts & Statistics
While Uber and Lyft are the most popular rideshare options in New Hampshire, other available services include Blacklane, Carmel, Curb, and Jayride, as well as traditional taxi services. What you choose to use will likely be based on how many people need transportation, the type of vehicle you’re looking to ride in, and how much you want to spend.
While you can access different rideshare services throughout New Hampshire, rides are most common in the following cities:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rideshare accidents are increasing over time—particularly those that happen at pickup and drop-off points. The increase in accidents is not just due to more rides being hailed by app users but also because of Uber and Lyft drivers spending more time on the roads. Without proper regulations or background checks, accident rates could continue to increase.
Uber and Lyft Driver Requirements in New Hampshire
Prior to working for Uber or Lyft, prospective drivers have to undergo an application and a background check. When red flags pop up, the rideshare companies are supposed to decline the application and move on. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. When a driver slips through the cracks and drives for a company without meeting the legal requirements, the company can be held accountable for an accident. Both Uber and Lyft have specific requirements for their drivers on a state-by-state basis.
Individuals looking to drive for Uber in New Hampshire must meet the following requirements:
- Meet the minimum age to drive in New Hampshire
- Have at least one year of licensed driving experience, or three years if under the age of 23
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Use an eligible 4-door vehicle
Applicants need to submit their driver’s license, proof of residency, proof of vehicle insurance, and a driver photo when submitting their application. Then, a driver screening will conduct a background check to review driver records and criminal history.
Individuals looking to drive for Lyft in New Hampshire must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be 25 or older
- Pass a driver screening
- Have a smartphone that can download the Lyft app
Applicants will be considered based on the company’s requirements, as well as New Hampshire’s laws. All drivers need to have the proper insurance and abide by all applicable laws.
What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
From the moment to the days and weeks following an Uber or Lyft accident, there are steps you should take to protect yourself and your future. Immediately following a crash, evaluate the situation, determine if you have any visible injuries, and seek emergency help. Depending on the severity of the crash, police officers could respond, and medical responders could arrive. If that’s the case, provide a statement to police with only what you know to be true and seek medical attention. It’s imperative to see a doctor so that you know what your injuries are and they’re fully documented.
Once you’ve sought treatment and have had some time to digest what you’ve been through, it’s time to get in touch with an Uber and Lyft accident attorney. When you do so, they will evaluate what you’ve been through and help you determine how best to proceed to receive the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
Get Help from the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft crash, you’ve likely been plagued with serious losses. In order to deal with those expenses, you need help from our New Hampshire rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group.
When you get in touch with our law firm, we’ll explain your legal rights and options and help you pursue a claim against the party that caused your accident—whether it was the rideshare company or a driver. Once we’ve collected enough evidence to prove negligence, we can focus on valuing your claim and determining a fair settlement amount.
While most injury claims resolve via negotiations, there is a chance your claim could need to proceed as a lawsuit. If that happens, our attorneys will guide you through the process and fight to ensure the court awards you a fair verdict.
To learn more about your options after a crash, or to schedule a case evaluation with one of our lawyers, contact us today.