What once were the days of standing on the sidewalk trying to hail a cab have transformed into requesting a driver with the push of a button. Using Uber, which is one of the most popular ridesharing apps, has quickly changed the way many travel. Though there are many reasons people of all ages rely on these services, there is always the risk of a collision. Unfortunately, many are unfamiliar with how to proceed when involved in Uber accidents. If hurt, you’ll want to keep reading to learn what to do and how a Pike County, KY auto accident lawyer can help you.
What Is Uber?
Uber is a transportation company that allows users to request a ride to a location through an app. This allows the passenger to select their destination, see the fare, and get in the vehicle. From there, they can sit back and enjoy the ride as a passenger.
The drivers are employed by the company as independent contractors, allowing them to decide when they work, how long they work, and what rides they want to accept. Drivers must undergo background checks, including their driving history, before they are hired and must undergo these checks every year.
How Common Are Uber Accidents?
Despite the precautions Uber takes to ensure their drivers have a clean driving history, accidents do happen. Whether the responsibility falls on the Uber driver or the other vehicle involved in the collision, there are, on average, one hundred fatalities annually.
In large cities, it’s estimated that 25% of accidents involve a ridesharing app, which includes Uber and Lyft, as well as less popular services like Curt and Gett. It’s important to note that almost all (90%) of Uber accidents happen in urban areas, with drop-off and pick-up locations being the most frequent areas for accidents to occur.
What Should I Do if I’m Hurt in a Rideshare Accident?
If you are injured while in an Uber, it’s vital to contact emergency services as soon as possible. The police will arrive on the scene to investigate and create a report, while emergency medical technicians will treat anyone who sustained injuries.
Whether your driver caused the collision or another driver’s negligence was the culprit, you’ll need to get in contact with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is more complicated than a traditional car accident. As such, it’s all the more important to ensure you have legal representation to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to at the hands of a negligent party.
When you’re hurt, Shane Hall Attorney at Law is ready to help. Contact our experienced firm today to connect with a dedicated lawyer to discuss the details of your case.