Since being founded in 2008, the California-based rideshare company Uber has exploded in popularity. Utilizing smartphone technology, Uber has made it incredibly easy to hail a ride in cities and towns nationwide. Pennsylvania is no exception. Uber offers a convenient and affordable way to navigate to and from. With a few clicks on your screen, you can have a driver pick you up in minutes. However, the rise of Uber has also resulted in a rise in rideshare accidents.
Uber and other rideshare companies have faced criticism for their lax driver regulations. Uber requires very little of their drivers; a valid license, age of 21, car insurance, and a four door vehicle less than 15 years old is all it takes. With such lack of regulation, the potential for under qualified drivers and negligent driving behavior increases. If you or a loved one were recently involved in an Uber accident, you should consider contacting an Erie Uber Accident attorney. While rideshare services are a relatively new industry, an experienced attorney with a sound understanding of Pennsylvania law can effectively pursue a case and obtain compensation on your behalf. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have over 170 years of experience to draw from. This experience proves invaluable in any type of personal injury claim.
Uber drivers can engage in negligent driving behaviors that lead to accidents. This likelihood is increased by many factors unique to Uber drivers. Driving while distracted by a device is especially prevalent in the rideshare industry. An Uber driver depends on a device to schedule rides, navigate to destinations, and communicate with potential clients. With so much demand for screen time, Uber drivers can routinely be distracted by a device while driving.
Exhaustion is another common negligent driving behavior practiced by Uber drivers. Many Uber drivers work for Uber as supplemental income. This means that drivers can potentially be coming off a shift at their job or drive well into the night. Exhausted driving impairs drivers on a comparable level to drunk driving and should be treated seriously. Other forms of negligent driving include driving while intoxicated or failing to follow traffic laws.
Uber accidents can result in a variety of injuries and financial burdens. An experienced attorney can pursue compensation on your behalf for a variety of things, including any current or future medical costs associated with your accident. You may also be compensated for any lost or damaged property that occurred during the accident. If you are injured to the point of not being able to work, you can be compensated for any income missed or anticipated future income that you will be unable to earn as a result of your accident. You may also be compensated for your pain and suffering, or drastic decrease in life quality.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in an Uber accident, you should contact an Erie Uber accident attorney. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are available 24 hours a day for a free consultation.