Once Uber started the rideshare phenomenon, it transformed the way we get around – and it’s never been more convenient to get from Place A to Place B. While all that convenience is great, there is also a downside. All those Uber drivers on our roads are increasing the risk of traffic accidents, and Uber accident claims tend to be as complicated as Uber accidents are dangerous. If an Uber driver leaves you injured, seek the professional legal counsel you need from an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident attorney today.REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION
Uber and Risk Factors
Nothing is easier than conjuring an Uber ride on your Uber app, but there are risk factors involved with all that convenience, including:
Making a living as an Uber driver can be arduous and can lead to additional risk factors on our roads.
An article published in MIT Technology Review shares data culled from a study out of the University of Chicago and Rice University, which indicates all of the following:
Since 2011, Uber and other rideshare companies like it have increased traffic fatalities by about two to three percent in the U.S. This amounts to around 1,100 deaths a year.
Part of the problem is attributed to Uber drivers who spend a significant amount of time on the road waiting for or pursuing passengers. This is indicative of the hustle quality of the job, and it’s often referred to as deadheading. The more drivers we have on our roads which are simply biding their time until their next passengers, the more likely it is that dangerous traffic accidents will happen.
Other studies parsed in the article find that Uber has generally increased the congestion on our roads and has decreased the degree to which people use public transport – both of which contribute to an increase in traffic accidents.
The study tracking the correlation in traffic fatalities and the rise of Uber drivers used accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for specific cities, and it compares the accident numbers culled from before Uber or another rideshare company launched in the city to the accident numbers from after Uber launched. The accident rates rose precipitously after Uber’s Launch in specific cities across the nation, including San Francisco. In fact, traffic fatalities rates had been on the decline before Uber hit the scene.
If an Uber driver’s negligence leaves you injured, Uber’s insurance will generally be responsible for covering the damages you sustain, but as with most things involving insurance, it’s rarely that easy. Insurance companies – including Uber’s – are in the business of turning a profit, and while Uber’s coverage for their drivers is considerable, this doesn’t mean that the insurance company won’t use every tool at its disposal to reduce your compensation (or even to deny your claim). It’s always in your best interest to work closely with a dedicated Los Angeles Uber accident attorney.
When it comes to Uber accidents, insurance coverage tends to fall in one of the following categories:
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