In less than a second, your whole life can completely change when a car accident happens. Victims of accidents have the right to pursue action against the at-fault party to seek compensation for their losses. However, determining who that party is isn’t always as easy as injured parties would hope—especially when the driver was working for Uber or Lyft. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare crash, our Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers are here to help you understand your rights and options and ensure you receive the monetary award you are entitled to for your losses.
What Are the Requirements for Rideshare Drivers in Rhode Island?
States have different requirements for rideshare drivers. In Rhode Island, Uber and Lyft are the two most popular transport services. Both companies have different requirements to be a driver, including minimum personal and vehicle requirements, required documents, and driver screenings.
To work for Uber in Rhode Island, you have to meet the city’s minimum driving age and have at least one year of licensed driving experience. You also need a valid U.S. driver’s license and an eligible 4-door vehicle. In regard to paperwork, potential drivers need to supply proof of residency, proof of vehicle insurance, and a profile photo. Once the driver has provided all of the required information, Uber conducts a background check on driving records and criminal history.
Lyft’s requirements are similar, but there are some notable differences. Potential drivers need a valid license and be 25 or older. They also need to provide their vehicle registration and personal insurance information and pass a driver screening similar to Uber’s background checks.
With Rhode Island’s small size, you’ll likely find Uber and Lyft services in the following areas:
No matter where your accident happened, our Uber & Lyft accident attorneys are here to provide you with sound legal representation. Part of pursuing a successful claim means pinning down an accident cause. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common rideshare crash causes.
Common Causes of Uber & Lyft Accidents
Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, but when it comes to rideshare crashes, some reasons are more common than others, including the following:
- Fatigue. Uber and Lyft drivers are often looking to complete as many trips as possible. In order to do that, they may be tempted to work long hours. When a driver is fatigued behind the wheel, drowsiness can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
- Distracted Driving. Rideshare drivers are tasked with taking passengers to locations they may be unfamiliar with. Because of that, they may need to rely on their smartphone or navigation system. If they are paying attention to those devices more than the road, they could cause an accident.
- Speeding. If a driver is looking to complete a significant number of trips, they may decide to break the speed limit with passengers in the car. Doing so puts the driver at risk of losing control of the vehicle.
Those are only three of the most common causes of rideshare crashes. If your accident resulted from a different situation, you might still have a valid injury claim. Our attorneys are ready to evaluate your situation and help you make the best decision for yourself and your future.
How to Report a Rideshare Accident
The moments following an Uber or Lyft accident can be overwhelming for everyone. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need immediate medical attention. Once the situation is no longer an emergency, you’ll want to report what happened to the applicable rideshare company, as well as the police.
If the police respond at the scene, you can give your statement. Remember to only stick to what you remember. Do not speculate. Then, you’ll want to file an accident report through either the Uber or Lyft app. It’s likely a representative from the company will reach out to speak to you about the event. Be careful what you say, as it could be used against you when it comes time to value your claim. It may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney before the rideshare company so you’re well aware of what you need to do to protect your claim.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
The sooner you get in touch with our Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers after your accident, the better your chances will be of recovering a full and fair settlement. While most claims resolve through arbitration or negotiation, there is a chance you could need to pursue your claim in court. If that’s the case, we’ll stand by your side at trial and fight for a favorable verdict on your behalf.
If you’re ready to schedule a case evaluation, contact the Rideshare Law Group today. We represent Uber and Lyft crash victims on a nationwide basis, and we’re prepared to take your case on next.