Gone are the days of standing on the side of a curb and hoping a taxi will pull over, as ridesharing apps are increasing in popularity. Whether you Uber to the airport to avoid parking your car in a lot or you and your friends catch a Lyft to your favorite bar for a fun night out, these are safe ways to travel. However, like anything else, Uber accidents happen. If you were involved in a rideshare app accident, it’s vital to understand how to proceed. Keep reading to learn how a Broward County Uber accident lawyer can help you through this process.
What Is Uber?
Uber is one of the most popular ridesharing apps. You can request a ride through an app and a driver, who is independently contracted with the app, will pick you up and take you to your destination. You can request an Uber from the comfort of your home, track its arrival to your home, and even share the location of your ride for additional safety.
It’s important to note that Uber is not the only ridesharing app, though it is one of the most popular. These apps also include Lyft, which is the second most used, Hitch, and Via. The apps all generally operate the same way, through the use of an app to request a ride.
Are Uber Accidents Common?
It’s important to understand that Uber takes many precautions to screen their drivers before allowing them to become independent contractors with their company. This includes ensuring they have a car that meets the necessary requirements, as well as submitting to a background check which looks at the details of their driving record, such as accidents or tickets, to ensure they don’t employ high-risk drivers.
It’s important to note that rideshare apps are safe, but just like a vehicle driven by you or anyone else, accidents do unfortunately happen. Nearly 90% of accidents occur in urban areas, with pick-up or drop-off locations proving to be the most dangerous.
What Should I Do if I’m Involved in an Accident?
If you are a passenger in an Uber when it’s involved in an accident, it’s vital to understand how to proceed. Unfortunately, many people assume because they were not a driver, they have no right to compensation. This is far from the truth. You should proceed just as you would if you were involved in any other collision, including seeing a medical professional immediately following the incident.
You’ll also need to ensure you report the accident to Uber, but you should avoid making any further statements or answering questions until you’ve retained the assistance of an experienced attorney.
At the Finizio Law Group, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you navigate the complexities of receiving compensation if you were injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or other rideshare service. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you through this challenging time.