Many people rely on Uber and Lyft as a resource for when they are unable to drive on their own or want to go somewhere and not pay for parking. You may rely on these rideshare companies when you’ve been drinking or when you’re too tired and know you can’t drive safely.
What happens, though, when the Uber or Lyft driver is also tired?
Drowsy driving is one of the most common causes of collisions on the road. When these accidents involve a driver for Uber or Lyft, you should recognize what factors come into play. Here are some of the things you should know:
The Driver Must Report the Accident
Many drivers are afraid to report their accidents because they fear losing their jobs. If you’re the passenger of an Uber or Lyft in a crash, you should still report the accident just in case the driver doesn’t do it.
You should indicate that your driver was drowsy, and their state led to the crash. As a passenger, you have the right to hold the driver accountable for your injuries, seeking compensation for any damages you incur in the aftermath of the crash.
Insurance in an Uber or Lyft Crash
Because your driver should report the accident through the rideshare app, you may seek compensation through the insurance provider. It’s vital to understand how much you can recover. In some situations, where a driver is on the clock with the rideshare company, there may be a $1,000,000 insurance coverage available.
Drowsy driving is negligence. Any driver who causes a crash because they are operating a vehicle while driving—regardless of their status with a rideshare company—should be accountable for their actions.
Our Austin car accident attorneys are here to help you through the process. Trust in The Stewart Law Firm to help you and put your best interests first. We’ll pursue the most favorable outcome because you deserve it.
Call our firm at (512) 942-2372 today.