Despite having been available in areas like Manassas since 2010, many local residents are still unfamiliar with the concept of ride-sharing. Those just becoming acquainted with companies like Uber will likely first want to know how safe they are before committing to using them. Unfortunately, ride-sharing accident statistics are still difficult to find. This is due to the both the practice being fairly new, as well as the fact that no official method exists for documenting ride-sharing accidents. Per information shared by The Chicago Tribune, law enforcement authorities may not even think to document whether a vehicle involved in a collision was driven by an Uber driver since such drivers use their own personal cars.
The dangers that drowsy drivers (in particular, drowsy truck drivers) pose to you and others traveling on the roads in and around Manassas has been well-documented. You may also know that such drivers are required to follow certain guidelines regulating exactly how long they can drive and to record those hours for review. Yet you may think that such standards are only imposed on drivers transporting freight. Many of the clients that we here at The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC have worked with have been surprised to learn that commercial vehicle drivers must also adhere to similar regulations.
Taxis, trains, Uber rides, school buses... what do all of these have in common? Aside from being modes of transportation, these services require customers to demonstrate a great deal of trust. Whether or not Virginians take this fact into account, thousands use these forms of conveyance each day. For the most part, taxis and buses are a reliable way to get to work and school; however, the comfort of the ride depends on the safety of the system.
In the midst of a technological revolution on the road, millions of drivers have become reliant on transportation systems such as Uber for a safe ride to a destination. Uber has found its way into the common psyche, indeed; the name has largely become synonymous with the word "taxi." Yet as Uber's clientele skyrockets, does it maintain its image of the safer travel option? In Virginia, passengers who suspect the process has gone awry after an Uber wreck may decide to take legal action. First, there are some aspects of the company worth considering.