Uber and Lyft Traffic Fatalities
Uber and Lyft are increasingly competitive with taxi services and other vehicles for hire, providing an easy and convenient service for passengers. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers sometimes make serious mistakes that lead to fatal vehicle accidents.
One of the most significant risks associated with ridesharing companies is a lack of comprehensive driver screening. Uber and Lyft only conduct basic background checks, and there’s not a driver training or skill test. This can lead to the hiring of drivers who are unskilled and unqualified, and who may cause fatal accidents due to:
- Speeding. The faster rideshare drivers can deliver someone to their destination, the more passengers they can serve during a shift. The more riders they transport, the more money they make. This increases not only the risk of accidents, but also fatalities.
- Distracted driving. While all motorists are at risk of distraction due to factors such as smartphone use, eating, and adjusting entertainment or guidance systems, rideshare drivers face additional risks. They typically rely on electronic navigation to find a destination while behind the wheel, which can distract their eyes from the road. These motorists must also cope with distractions caused by passengers, who may be loud or even intoxicated.
- Tailgating. Rideshare drivers may become frustrated when the vehicle in front is moving too slowly. This can cause them to tailgate, causing a collision when the lead car makes a sudden turn, stalls, or stops without warning.
- Fatigued driving. Rideshare drivers often work long hours with little rest, putting them at risk of head-on collisions if they fall asleep behind the wheel.
You Need an Attorney
Rideshare accidents are often particularly complex, since they typically involve multiple parties. If you’ve lost a loved one in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need an experienced vehicle accident attorney to help you pursue a wrongful death claim. You may be entitled to compensation for loss of financial support, loss of emotional support, and loss of quality of life.
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