If you have a smartphone and live in an urban area, the chances of you having the Uber or Lyft app are really high. Ridesharing has taken over the taxi industries in ways no one saw coming. The reality is ridesharing has helped people get access to rides more so than ever before. It has broadened the options for transportation and allowed people to make more money on the side. Whatever amazing strides come with these ridesharing companies the truth is they are not heavily regulated. So what happens if you get into an accident? What happens if you get injured? Our North Miami Lyft Accident Attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates are ready to answer any and every question you may have related to your Uber/Lyft accident.
In order to be an Uber or Lyft driver, you need three things: (1) a driver’s license, (2) a car that can pass inspection, and (3) a clean driving record for about 7 years. That’s it. Uber and Lyft make statements about updating their hiring or making changes to regulate their drivers more, but nothing has changed thus far. For all you know, your driver could be an addict relapsing or someone who is just learning how to drive. Without knowing who your driver is, can you really trust them?
Uber and Lyft require cars to be of a certain age. For Uber, you have to drive something newer than 2001 car models. For Lyft it depends on your state or region. For example, if you are driving in Miami then you need a car younger than 2007. The purpose of car age limits is to ensure that cars are up to date on technology and safety features. However, once your vehicle passes the initial inspection test you do not have to get it looked over again. This means you could be driving in a car with faulty seat belts, airbags, locks, or other safety concerns.
Ridesharing is as much about convenience as it is about trust. You have to trust that whoever is driving you home takes caution. Sometimes that just isn’t the case. Just because they are driving you around doesn’t prevent drivers from speeding, driving aggressively, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. All the causes of car accidents apply when you are using a rideshare app. The same injuries that go with car accidents apply too!
Just because you chose rideshare does not mean that you are not entitled to some compensation for your injuries. From whiplash to back injury to neck injury, any kind of injury means that you will need some time off of work for recovery. Uber and Lyft do provide insurance for their drivers, but drivers are also expected to carry their own insurance, too. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Uber/Lyft Car Accident then you need our legal assistance right away. Call 305-831-4333 or click here for a free consultation with our North Miami Uber accident attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates today.