Millions of people who live and work in Washington D.C. rely on various forms of public transportation to get around. While taxis have always been popular, a recent uprising of ridesharing services has taken the country by storm. Uber and Lyft are among the most popular ridesharing services in the area and have made it easy for people to get on-demand transportation. However, ridesharing services are still cars that have to share the roads with other vehicles. If you have been seriously injured either while riding in an Uber/Lyft or while riding in another vehicle but were hit by a rideshare vehicle, it is important to consider your legal options. At Trombly & Singer, PLLC, our firm can help you recover the compensation you deserve after being injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. Contact our experienced legal team today to learn how we can help.
Causes of Uber & Lyft Accidents
Ubers and Lyfts are a convenient way for people to ensure they can get a safe ride to and from their destinations. Passengers put a great deal of trust into their drivers, but it is inevitable that accidents happen. A major factor in many Uber/Lyft accidents is that the drivers who provide people with rides through Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing services are considered independent contractors, as opposed to employees of the ridesharing company. Becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft only requires a driver to have a valid driver’s license, an insured automobile, as well as meet a few other requirements. This inexperience can increase the possibility of an accident. Of course, many other factors can come into play. Some of these include the following:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving drowsy
- Poor weather conditions
What to Do After an Accident
If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or a Lyft, it is important that you begin documenting as much as you can, as soon as possible. Some of the important things to do include keeping any communications between yourself and the driver, responses from the company, photographing as much of the scene of the accident as you can, and report the incident to the police. Be sure that you don’t speak with the driver, their insurance company, or Uber/Lyft representatives. If you have been seriously injured, it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Washington D.C. Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney
The legal team at Trombly & Singer, PLLC has over 40 years of experience representing clients throughout the area after they have been injured by the negligence of another party. Our firm understands the complexities of an Uber/Lyft accident case and is here to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. For strong legal representation when you need it most, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC today.