We’ve almost all used a ride-sharing service at some point. Whether needing a ride when visiting a new city or simply needing to get home after a long night, these services, such as Uber or Lyft, help make things much more convenient.
Despite this convenience, it is important to note that accidents can still happen when using these services. Drivers still face the same challenges that other Virginia motorists do when behind the wheel. We wanted to discuss some of the common reasons for ride-sharing accidents below.
Drivers in unfamiliar neighborhoods: Often, ride-share drivers will have to go to places that they have not been before. The lack of familiarity with the surroundings can make it challenging for them to know where to go, where the potentially dangerous places might be, as well as lead to last-second turns or lane changes that can result in unexpected crashes.
Apps that take a driver’s eyes off the road: Every ride-share driver will use an app to tell him or her the most direct route to take to a destination. These apps factor in traffic, construction and other obstacles that might potentially make a trip take longer. While this can save time and money, it also can divert some of the driver’s attention. They will need to keep an eye on the app, especially if they are not 100 percent sure where they are headed. Distracted driving is a major factor in car accidents, and just because someone is using an app for their job does not take away the risk that this behavior causes.
The usual reasons accidents occur: Being in a ride-sharing vehicle does not place a protective bubble around you. Other drivers can still do incredibly dangerous things that can result in you being in an accident, even if your driver does everything perfect.
Also, while ride-sharing services do examine the driving records of those allowed to drive for the companies, you never really know exactly what you are getting into. Sometimes being on the road for extensive periods of time can result in some drivers letting their guard down. Accidents can happen to any one at any time when on one of Virginia’s roadways, so if it you find yourself injured in a crash, be sure to get medical care as soon as possible.