Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are garnering major market share over taxis. Ridesharing services offer prompt, affordable transportation service that can be easily ordered and paid for via smart phone apps. Riders can select the specific vehicles and drivers after reviewing driver ratings on the app.
It’s easy to find ridesharing services in most cities and towns throughout the United States. Along with the ease of service and payment, ridesharing services make it so simple to catch a ride, they are expected to help reduce the number of drunk driving-related accidents and fatalities.
Ridesharing Service Accidents
While there are great benefits to using ridesharing services, driving safety and vehicle accidents are a concern. Several Uber and Lyft drivers have been in accidents while transporting riders.
Who is Responsible?
If you are riding in a vehicle that was in a crash, the driver who caused the crash may be held responsible for any injuries to you or others because of the crash.
Uber and Lyft both have liability and uninsured motorist policies that will cover the passenger if the driver is at fault, or even if the driver is not at fault, but has insufficient coverage.
What to do if you were in a Lyft or Uber accident
If you were in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or if you were hit by a ridesharing vehicle, we recommend you follow this protocol:
The good news is that most Uber and Lyft contractors are safe drivers. Accidents are not frequent. Be prepared by following the tips above.
Also, before you take a ridesharing service or allow your teen to do so, be sure to review this important post about ridesharing personal safety.
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