Uber Car Accident and Injury Claims
Increasing numbers of people are relying on ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to get where they need to go. In Charleston, you can request an Uber driver quickly through your cellphone, as a way of getting home after an evening of drinks with friends or whenever you need transportation. Uber offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional cab service, avoiding the need to have cash on hand and allowing you to see fares in advance. While the company’s popularity has risen, there have been increasing concerns over driver safety and how it contributes to Uber car accidents and injuries. Currently, Uber safety is a hotly debated issue, and getting compensation for your injuries could prove a challenge in the event an accident occurs.
Uber Safety: Two Opposing Views
Uber asserts that safety is important to them, and that its policies help protect both drivers and passengers. As opposed to traditional taxi services, Uber allows you to select the driver you want and to view their image and information in advance. It also has a driver rating system based on passenger experiences. While just about anyone can sign up to drive for Uber, the company does restrict the year and type of vehicle that can be used, requires drivers to carry their own insurance, and conducts background checks to ensure they have a clean driving record.
Unfortunately, and despite the precautions Uber takes, there are some potentially dangerous drivers who get past the screening system. Who’s Driving You, a website created by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, lists hundreds of accidents and assaults involving Uber drivers throughout the country. More than 50 separate incidents involve Uber accidents attributed to reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding, driving under the influence, and disregarding traffic signals.
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Uber Car Accident Claims
Uber’s insurance program claims to back drivers with its own million dollar liability policy. At the same time, accidents are the primary responsibility of the driver and disputes over claims have arisen in several cities.
A January 2017 Dallas News story highlights the case of a woman left paralyzed when her Uber driver ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. Despite company policy,
the Uber driver was uninsured and had a criminal background involving two prior charges, one of which was for drug possession. In addition to the driver, the woman is also suing Uber, claiming they failed to provide the level of safety she was reasonably entitled to expect. An out of court settlement is expected, which allows Uber to avoid admitting any liability. The Dallas News report indicates similar Uber accident settlements have been paid over accidents and injuries involving drivers in other areas of the country.
Contact Uber Car Accident Attorneys Today.
If you or a loved one is involved in an Uber accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys provide the professional legal representation you need to assist you in holding responsible parties accountable, so that you can get the compensation you deserve.