The popularity of rideshare options increases each year. Unfortunately, the growth in their use has led to an annual rise in accidents on the road, too.
As most rideshare trips replace public transportation, more people using this mode of transport results in more cars on the road.
What you should know about rideshare accidents
Today, traveling on the road is more dangerous for everyone due to the increase in rideshare vehicles, especially in urban areas. Accidents occur during the day and night throughout the week, and many incidents happen at pickup and drop-off locations. Rideshare accident victims are drivers, passengers, third-party vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists.
How rideshare crashes happen
Rideshare drivers spend considerable amounts of time on the road, increasing the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. They often drive for many hours, resulting in dangerous driver fatigue. Typing in directions or accessing other information on their phones can lead to distracted driving. Scanning for passengers at pickup locations can also pull drivers’ attention away from the road and cause sudden starts, stops and mishaps.
What to do following a rideshare collision
Take photos of the crash and document everything you remember regarding the incident. Call 911 if you need emergency services and file an accident report with the police. If you sustain bodily damages, seek medical care immediately. Injuries require an accurate assessment by a physician as they can worsen over time.
Because rideshare drivers are independent contractors, determining the responsible party and the correct liability insurance coverage can be complex. Experienced professionals can help you pursue a personal injury claim and recover compensation for your medical treatment, pain and suffering.