At MLG Injury, our auto accident lawyers in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi have talked about impaired drivers, and how collisions, injuries, and fatalities that result from their negligence increase around the winter holidays.
We have not touched on the fact that many of our residents do the right thing by scheduling an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare option to get them home safely after a holiday celebration.
We know that most people celebrate the holidays responsibly.
Unfortunately, our personal injury attorneys also know that just because you are being responsible does not mean every other driver is doing the same. This means even those who choose rideshares over driving can still be injured in a crash with an impaired driver.
Here is what you need to know if this happens to you or someone you love.
Why Do Rideshare Crashes Increase Over the Holiday Season?
Like other traffic collisions, injuries, and fatalities that increase around the holiday season, rideshare drivers are just as likely as any other driver to be involved in these crashes because they are spending an extensive amount of time sharing the roadways with impaired motorists.
However, there are other reasons why rideshare crashes increase, too.
Rideshare drivers rely heavily on their cellphones for directions, maps, and interactions with their passengers while they are in transit, which is the definition of distracted driving. Other forms of distraction may include scanning for passengers on sidewalks and at intersections during pickups, which can place passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians at significant risk of harm.
Another potential cause of Uber and Lyft accidents is the rideshare driver being impaired. No one is going to question their rideshare driver’s sobriety — unless there is a strong smell of alcohol or signs of impaired or reckless driving once they are in the vehicle — as they are expected to be sober while providing a safe ride home. When they cause a collision with passengers onboard, their rideshare company will share some or all the liability for your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
Contact Our Rideshare Accident Attorneys at MLG Injury Today
Understanding who is liable after a rideshare accident in Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana is complex. We can help walk you through the details, so you understand your legal rights and options to pursue maximum compensation for your damages.