Birmingham Uber, Lyft, and Ridesharing Car Accident Attorney in Birmingham
Legal Help for People Injured in Alabama Rideshare Accidents
If you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing car accident, you may be dealing with unexpected legal complications, in addition to the pain associated with your injuries. Many ridesharing services have been found to have driver training issues, as well as gaps in auto insurance coverage. Passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists injured in accidents caused by negligent rideshare drivers often encounter significant obstacles recovering fair compensation for their injuries.
The right thing to do after such an accident is to consult with a knowledgeable Birmingham accident attorney as soon as possible. At the Guster Law Firm, LLC, we have been successfully representing injured people in Alabama for over a decade. Our Birmingham Uber, Lyft, and ridesharing car accident attorneys are personally committed to helping injured people to recover the compensation they deserve.
How Ridesharing Works
Ridesharing companies, officially known as Transportation Network Companies, provide convenient transportation by connecting passengers to drivers through smartphone apps. Drivers contract with ridesharing companies and use their personal vehicles for passenger transport. Although these services provide convenient transportation for customers, they do not come without problems. Rideshare drivers get into accidents, and when that occurs, questions arise as to who is responsible for the injuries sustained.
Ridesharing Insurance Issues
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), many drivers contracted with ridesharing companies do not have livery driver’s licenses. The personal vehicles used to transport passengers are neither registered nor insured as commercial vehicles.
Personal auto insurance policies are not designed for commercial ridesharing, and in many cases, they may even exclude livery services from coverage. Ridesharing services are commercial enterprises that should carry commercial insurance policies with higher liability limits, similar to taxis and other commercial vehicles.
The III reports that the standard personal auto insurance policy does not cover ridesharing. Coverage stops from the moment the driver logs into the app until the moment the ride is over and the customer has left the vehicle.
Ridesharing Distracted Driving Issues
Ridesharing services connect drivers to customers through apps on smartphones. When a passenger logs into the app on his or her phone and requests a ride from a driver, the driver must accept the ride – or risk losing it – within 10 or 15 seconds. In many cases, it is not feasible for the driver to pull over in time to accept a ride.
A driver who misses a ride request loses the money for the ride. The driver’s acceptance rate can also be affected, and that can affect pay and ultimately result in deactivation as a driver. By its very nature, this situation tends to encourage distracted driving, increasing the risk of ridesharing accidents.
Contact an Uber, Lyft, and Ridesharing Car Accident Attorney in Birmingham at Guster Law Firm, LLC
If you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing car accident in Birmingham, Guster Law Firm, LLC can help. Ridesharing accident cases are often complex and challenging. Let our team of skilled and dedicated Birmingham auto accident lawyers deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you need moving forward.Call today. Guster Law Firm, LLC can be reached at (205) 386-6844.