Rideshare and taxis are popular public transportation in Tucson. Residents of Tucson expect that Uber and Lyft adhere to the driving laws and operate their
vehicles safely while transporting passengers. Accidents do happen when using transportation services. Like any other vehicle accident, serious injury and financial damage can occur. In the case of a rideshare or taxi accident injury, victims turn to the personal injury legal representation of Injury Lawyers Tucson to recover damages.
CAUSES OF RIDESHARE AND TAXI ACCIDENTS
Often transportation services are focused on getting customers to their destinations quickly in order to pick up a new fare. Even the safest of rideshare or taxi drivers are at risk for an automobile accident. The need for business may push Uber and taxi drivers to be distracted by their mobile devices. The alerts for new rides presents an opportunity for distracted driving and a dangerous collision. Many passengers do not use seatbelts in the backseats, therefore taxi accident injury can be serious.
When a driver works a full day, fatigue may lead to slower driving response time. Typically Uber or Lyft drivers set their own schedule, and decide how much or little they work. If a transportation driver works too many hours, this leads to drowsy driving and unsafe driving practices.
Driving Under the Influence
As more (amateur) drivers join the transportation workforce, the number of Uber and Lyft drivers arrested for DUI or DWI on the job is increasing. Obviously a passenger taking an Uber would not expect for the driver to be impaired by alcohol or drugs. The reality, however, is that in the business of city traffic and hustle-bustle of getting where you’re going fast, a driver who is not driving totally sober goes unnoticed until an accident happens.
Negligence in an Uber or Lyft Accident
Liability for an Uber and Lyft accident (peer-to-peer service) is tricky. Company insurance is typically secondary to the driver’s individual insurance. An injured passenger may not hold the company responsible. The negligent party in the case of a taxi accident may depend on the taxi service owner or operator.
In any case, accident injury victims involved in taxi or rideshare crashes should contact Injury Lawyers Tucson. Our personal injury and transportation accident attorneys can help you understand your rights and determine who is at fault for compensating damages. If driver negligence caused an accident, victims have the right to file a personal injury claim to recover damages and losses against the responsible party.
Tucson Personal Injury Attorney
Injury Lawyers Tucson legal team will use the legal process to determine negligence. Why do you need an attorney if you are injured in a Tucson rideshare or taxi accident? Legal representation includes
Investigating the accident
Filing a legal claim
Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies
Recovering all damages – financial and non-economic compensation