For many people, ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber have radically changed the way they travel. These services have become popular means of transportation and employment for many people across the world. With their popularity also comes a certain amount of risk for passengers in a rideshare vehicle.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced New Orleans personal injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm immediately to find out how they can assist you in getting the just compensation you deserve.
The Risks of Rideshare Services
Since the introduction of Uber in 2009, ridesharing has become a way of life for many people in Louisiana and across the country. Services like Lyft and Uber provide a unique opportunity for people to earn extra income on their own time using their personal vehicles. Drivers can simply turn on their app and take passengers to their destinations on demand. Although this provides a convenient and often more affordable alternative to other modes of transportation, there are some inherent risks associated with being a passenger in a rideshare vehicle.
Your safety and that of your fellow motorists relies on the skill and care of the rideshare driver. Most rideshare drivers do not have any formal training in driving passengers for hire. Although both Uber and Lyft have a screening process for new drivers, it is not very robust.
The minimum requirements to become an Uber driver are as follows:
- Minimum age is 21 years old
- You must have access to a four-door car that is the year 2007 or newer
- In-state auto insurance with your name on the policy
- In-state driver’s license, licensed in the US for at least one year
- In-state plates with a current registration
- Online background check and review of your driving history
The minimum requirements to become a Lyft driver are very similar and also include an onboarding Mentor Session.
For passengers, there is a risk when getting into a vehicle with a driver whose driving experience is unknown. Drivers use the Uber or Lyft apps and GPS while driving, resulting in a higher probability of distracted driving. Due to the nature of the job, there may be an incentive to complete as many rides as possible in a short amount of time. This means that fast or unsafe driving may be likely.
The factors mentioned above indicate that collisions with rideshare vehicles can be frequent. If you were a passenger during one of these accidents, you might be wondering about your rights and how you can be compensated for the medical care you need to get back to your life after an injury.
The attorneys at Cueria Law Firm in Louisiana understand the devastation that an auto accident can cause to you and your family. Our caring attorneys understand the law when it comes to rideshare accidents and have helped many victims get the financial relief they deserve after an accident involving a Lyft or Uber vehicle.
What You Should Do After an Accident
The first thing you should do after an accident is assess your injuries and those of the other people involved. If you have sustained serious injuries, immediately call 911 so medical professionals can get to the scene as soon as possible. Even if you believe that your injuries are not very serious, it is recommended that you still seek medical attention. Many injuries do not manifest until several days or even weeks after a collision. Also, if you do determine that you want to file a claim, the medical report will be a valuable piece of information for your attorney.
Next, call the police so they can write a report detailing the accident. Talk to any witnesses who may have seen the accident occur. Contact Uber or Lyft to report the event. This can be done directly through the apps. Representatives from the rideshare companies will get in touch with you right away for further information.
Lastly, contact a reputable attorney who has extensive experience helping those involved in auto accidents get the settlements that they deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm have worked with many passengers who were injured in a collision involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle.
Our attorneys can review your case and help you determine how to proceed to get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.