Ridesharing Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia, PA
The way people travel was entirely revolutionized with the introduction of on-demand methods of transportation, such as Uber and Lyft. In 2016, Uber drivers were allowed to hit the streets of Philadelphia to offer people rides to where they need to be in place of mass transportation or traditional taxi cabs. Lyft drivers came onto the scene just a few years later to provide Uber with some competition for rides. However, these new methods of transportation have risen many concerns that companies are cutting corners and risking the safety of passengers with their hiring choices. If you have been injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or a Lyft, it is important that you take your legal options into consideration. The attorneys at Spear Greenfield have over 100 years of combined experience representing clients throughout Philadelphia who have been seriously injured in automobile accidents. Contact our office today to learn how we can help.
Causes of Uber/Lyft Accidents
Just like any other automobile accident that occurs in Philadelphia, there is a wide range of reasons that the accident may have taken place. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they have a legal obligation to operate it safely and give the road their undivided attention. When they do not follow this, they can cause serious accidents. Of course, driver negligence is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country. While this is a major component, negligence can be combined with other issues. Some of the dangerous actions that can lead to Uber/Lyft accidents may include:
- 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
After an Accident
When you are injured in an accident in an Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare program, it is critical to document everything you can in the direct aftermath of the accident. Be sure to keep any communications between you and the driver, taking screenshots of any strange messages, company responses, photographing your injuries and the scene of the incident, collecting contact information and testimonials from all involved parties and witnesses, and reporting the incident to the police. Do not speak directly to the driver, their insurance company, or representatives at Uber or Lyft. Also, it is beneficial to avoid posting anything related to the accident on social media, as this may hurt your case.
Contact a Philadelphia Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney
If you were injured in an accident while you were a passenger in an Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing vehicle, it is important to speak with an attorney about your possible case. This is critical because you may be entitled to recover significant compensation that can help offset some of the physical, emotional, and financial burdens caused by the accident. The legal team at Spear Greenfield has over 100 years of combined experience representing accident victims in Pennsylvania. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you take action.