Car Accidents and Ridesharing Services
Ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years. Since so many people already rely on their smartphones, these services make it easier than ever to find an affordable ride. Despite the ease of these services, commuters should remember that ridesharing drivers are just like any other driver on the road. They do not undergo any special training or adhere to hours of service regulations, and there is the possibility of getting into a car accident.
Auto accidents frequently result in significant financial losses for those involved. Aside from the cost of any property damage, those who sustain injuries may find themselves with medical bills and time off work, making it difficult to pay all expenses.
Experienced attorney Gary A. Zucker is happy to help victims of car accidents involving ridesharing services in the Brooklyn, NY area fight for the compensation they are due for accident damages.
Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents
Ridesharing car accidents are caused by many of the same factors as other auto accidents on the road. Reckless or negligent driving practices, including speeding, unsafe lane changes, failure to abide by traffic signs or signals, and inexperience can all lead to an auto accident.
However, one of the most common causes of ridesharing car accidents is distracted driving. Ridesharing drivers have many potential sources of distraction, including:
- GPS devices directing them on how to drive to the passenger’s desired location
- Continual alerts on the phone
- Conversations with ridesharing passengers
- Car stereo
Anything that takes a driver’s mind, eyes, or hands off the road for even just a fraction of time can be enough of a distraction to increase the risk of a car accident.
Individuals who are passengers of a ridesharing vehicle that is involved in a crash, or drivers or passengers of a car that is struck by a ridesharing vehicle, have a right to seek financial compensation for accident damages.
However, car accidents involving ridesharing are a little more complex than other accidents on the road. Rather than seeking compensation from the driver’s insurance company, the ridesharing company’s insurance provider may be liable.
Gary A. Zucker starts each case by collecting the evidence that is necessary to prove liability for the accident. Once he has a strong case of liability, he will go after the appropriate person or parties to obtain compensation. Accident victims can seek compensation for a full range of accident damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. The goal of any case is to maximize compensation and minimize losses for his clients.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident involving ridesharing services and are unsure how to get the financial compensation you are due, schedule a consultation with Gary A. Zucker at your earliest convenience. Call (718) 624-1211 to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal rights.