What if you’re involved in a car accident but you’re not the driver? Ridesharing is a common practice in our modern, fast-paced world. You may request an Uber or Lyft after a fun night out, or for a trip to the grocery store. Some people rideshare to save money on parking and fuel costs, while others appreciate that ride-sharing reduces the number of vehicles on the road.
But just because you’re the passenger doesn’t mean you’re immune from the inherent risks that come with driving. Hit-and-run accidents, drunk driving accidents, and collisions resulting from driver negligence can all occur when you’re in the back seat of an Uber or Lyft.
If you’ve been involved in a Uber and Lyft accident in Oklahoma, a Poteau Uber accident attorney at Wandres Law, PC, may be able to answer any questions you have about your legal rights.
More research is needed to determine the true impact that rideshare vehicles have on Oklahoma accident rates, but Poteau has one of the nation’s highest numbers nationwide where drunk driving is concerned.
A 2012 NerdWallet study put Poteau at No. 4 on the list of U.S. cities with the highest per capita alcohol-related fatal crashes, with 74 drunk driving accidents reported between 2010 and 2012. How rideshare vehicles fit into the equation remains unclear, but Uber and Lyft vehicles on the road are always at risk of encountering a drunk driver.
What is clear is that Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare vehicles contribute to road congestion and may lead to a 2-3 percent increase in fatal car accidents, data shows. Researchers from Rice University and the University of Chicago have connected rideshare use with elevated fatal accident rates in numerous cities across the U.S.
After you contact a Poteau ride share accident attorney to discuss your situation, you’ll be asked for a detailed account of the accident. Your honest statement of events, along with police reports of the accident, helps your accident attorney determine who’s at fault.
As with any auto collision case, finding out who is at fault is paramount. If you’re injured in an accident while riding in an Uber, you may be entitled to compensation via Uber’s accident policy if you suffered any type of bodily injury. The catch is that to be covered under Uber’s accident policy, your driver must be logged into the Uber app.
Further, in the event of bodily injury from a collision, you may be able to seek damages from the driver as well. Uber and Lyft drivers are required to carry liability insurance, but the minimum coverage amounts vary from state to state.
Uber and Lyft accidents are becoming more common in our fast-paced digital world, and if the unthinkable happens in Oklahoma, you need experience and know-how in your corner. Wandres Law, PC, advocates for individuals, families, and businesses throughout the Sooner State.
We are passionate Oklahoma car accident attorneys and recognize our responsibility to keep our clients informed, to ease their fears, and to be available when questions arise. Get in touch with us today to discuss your situation with a Poteau Uber accident attorney.