If you are a rideshare driver or passenger, you know there is an element of risk when riding in a ridesharing vehicle. According to Lyft, some rideshare drivers may drive for up to 12 hours at a time, which means they may become fatigued behind the wheel. The passenger may not know any of this, and they place trust in the driver’s abilities to transport them where they need to go. However, accidents can happen on streets, roads, and highways, in daylight or at nighttime.
If you were in a car accident involving an at-fault rideshare driver in the greater Phoenix metro area, be sure to contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC. One of our legal team members can help you understand your legal rights in the accident, what evidence you need to have, and what steps to take for a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our office today at (800) 598-7557 for an initial, no-fee consultation and learn how a Mesa ridesharing accident lawyer may be able to help you.
Protect Your Legal Rights
If you were injured as a passenger in a rideshare accident, or if an at-fault rideshare driver hit your car, then you must make sure you protect your legal rights at the scene of the ridesharing accident.
Every driver on the road, whether in a private car or a public, for-profit rideshare vehicle, is expected to drive safely and cautiously, according to the rules of the road. This means staying within posted speed limits, not running stop signs or red lights, not driving recklessly, and yielding the right-of-way to other drivers. This is the driver’s duty to act in a reasonable manner.
Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes outlines the laws that drivers must follow while traveling on Arizona’s roadways. When a driver does not follow these rules and causes an accident, this is known as breaching their duty of care. When a driver breaches their duty of care, it can lead to a serious car accident and severe physical injuries for all the involved parties.
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Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Perhaps your ridesharing driver is fatigued and veers into another lane, causing a multi-car pileup. This accident may cause personal injuries not only to you, but also to the drivers and passengers of the other cars. In this case, any injured drivers and passengers can choose to file a personal injury lawsuit.
In most cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will try to defend their insured party, doing all they can to limit any compensation payout to the injured parties involved. If you choose to hire a Mesa ridesharing accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC, you will show the insurance company that you are serious about achieving a full and fair financial payout for the injuries you have suffered.
Our legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, will fight for your rights. Our team works on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that there is no upfront charge to you upon hiring our team. Our fee is dependent (contingent) on winning financial compensation for your injuries from the at-fault insurance company and possibly other parties involved in the claim.
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Rideshare Accident Causes
More car accidents are happening with rideshare services on the road, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, according to the Becker Friedman Institute, since mobile phone app-based ridesharing services came on the scene, there has been a 3% annual increase in auto accident-related fatalities.
This could be a result of simply more cars on the road and more accidents, but it may also be a consequence of rideshare-based drivers frequently checking their app and GPS while in the car. These actions cause driver distraction on the road and lead to more accidents.
Besides phone-based driver distractions, there are other possible causes for rideshare accidents, such as:
- Speeding too fast for road circumstances
- Driver inebriation
- Overworked or fatigued drivers
- Reckless driving
- Speeding too fast around curves
Uber and Lyft Driver Insurance
Rideshare services Uber and Lyft both have car liability insurance plans for their drivers. This insurance can be used by the rideshare drivers when they get into an accident while on the clock driving for the service. However, drivers must also have private insurance on their car. This is where the laws get murky around insurance coverage. State laws are still lagging in this area, and cases involving drivers on the clock for a ridesharing service can get muddled over the liability issues.
If Uber and Lyft drivers get into accidents, they may be able to use company insurance coverage. This should make payments to the injured victims available after an accident. However, a 2019 Washington Post report explains that Uber may do whatever it can through its accident investigation unit to limit the liability of its drivers and its payout capabilities. If the insurance company is denying payment to you, you may wish to hire a lawyer to assist you with your claim.
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Getting into an accident with a rideshare car driver can become complex and detailed. That is why you may want to hire a Mesa ridesharing accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you pay us nothing unless and until we win compensation for you.
You can learn much more about the laws and stipulations from us regarding accidents with at-fault ridesharing drivers. Contact our office at (800) 598-7557 for a no-fee consultation to outline the steps toward filing a personal injury lawsuit.