Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft have become a convenient way of transportation for commuters. Instead of hailing a cab or being in the streets to ride a bus or train, Uber is believed to be a safe way to get home or to get to other places. Even when it is raining hard or late at night, Uber claims to be safe and convenient.
This, however, does not mean that Uber is immune to auto accidents or crashes caused by distracted Uber drivers. In fact, in 2017, more than 20,000 distracted driving accidents were recorded in Michigan. It remains to be one of the leading causes of accidents, even double the number of drunk driving accidents.
Here are the five common types of crashes due to distracted drivers of Uber cars:
- Distracted driving while using a mobile phone
Uber drivers are always on their mobile phone for navigation and notifications from passengers. That is why it is the top reason for distracted driving accidents from Uber drivers.
In 2018, a woman passenger from Detroit sued both Uber and Lyft for a high-speed collision accident. Her driver was logged in to Uber and Lyft smartphone apps when their car rammed into the rear of a stopped trailer truck on the highway. This accident left the driver with critical injuries, and the passenger was unable to work after suffering from the spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
- Distracted driving while talking to passengers
Friendly Uber drivers are always nice to travel with, but be mindful if they are overly engaged. Driving while talking to passengers may cause Uber drivers to lose their focus from the road. While communicating with passengers is a must, especially when talking about directions, chatting during the trip may pose safety issues. According to 2017 statistics in Michigan, 6% of distracted driving accidents are due to passengers, on top of 32% from other activities inside the vehicle.
- Mechanical failure unnoticed by distracted Uber driver
Uber cars spend a lot of time on the road, so they are more in need of routine checking and maintenance than other cars. A distracted driver may often forget to check the tires or engine of their Uber car before making trips. The next thing you know, a blown tire, faulty brake, or overheating engine leads to an accident. Although it may seem like a simple mechanical failure at first, the Uber driver may actually be liable for negligence.
- Uber accident at the intersection because of a distracted driver
Being on the road itself is actually a dangerous activity, but safety is challenged even more each time you cross an intersection. A distracted driver may not notice the traffic light or oncoming cars.
Injuries at intersection auto accidents can be very severe, involving not only the driver in front but also the passengers at the back. The most dangerous intersection in Michigan is at Telegraph and 12 Mile roads, where a total of 145 crashes were recorded in 2018.
- Robbery and other crimes from distracted Uber drivers
There are a lot of crimes on the streets, and your Uber car is more prone to being a victim if your driver is distracted. Uber car robberies can also happen, as well as your driver getting shot, leading to an accident. Although it is unusual, an Orlando Uber car met the same fate in 2018. The driver was shot in the abdomen, forcing him to lose control of the vehicle and collide into a construction site.
Legal Advice for Uber Accidents in Michigan’s “No Fault” Law
Under the “No Fault” Law in Michigan and other states, victims are entitled to compensation and insurance coverage no matter who is at fault in the accident. This includes hospital bills, doctor’s fees, rehabilitation, and compensation for lost wages, whether your injury is permanent or not.
You will need legal advice if you are not getting enough compensation. Some insurance companies will try to pay less for your injuries. If you are involved in a major accident with serious injuries, you have the right to sue Uber or whatever ride-sharing the app you are using.
Contact The Clark Law Office If You’ve Been Hurt By a Distracted Uber Driver!
If you are involved in an Uber accident, you will need experienced attorneys to defend and support your claim. The Clark Law Office is a team of skilled lawyers who will help you win your case. Get in touch with us now by dialing +1 (517) 347-6900 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.