West Palm Beach, FL – As ride sharing services are utilized regularly in Florida and all other parts of the United States, these drivers are also at risk of accidents because they spend several hours on the roads at a time. Accident victims have the option of bringing a civil case against the company if they are injured during a ride. Their compensation may vary based on the severity of the collision and driver’s behavior.
Accidents involving ride sharing drivers
Because many people apply to drive for ride sharing companies either full time or part time, these drivers tend to be representative of the population as a whole. They may not necessarily be at a higher risk for accidents, but driving for long hours after being fatigued can start to make anyone more likely to crash. While this may be preferable to passengers who are tired or have been drinking getting into a car and driving themselves, ride sharing drivers are still prone to mistakes and poor decisions like anyone else.
Risk from drivers
One issue with ride sharing companies is that almost anyone can be hired as a driver. The requirements are very minimal, and there is no kind of formal driving test or review of the person’s driving habits, so the company is essentially hiring someone without knowing much about their driving skills. Some of these drivers may be likely to cause collisions based on their background and experience driving, but the company is often not aware of these potential problems because they deal with such high volumes of drivers.
Suing the ride sharing driver and company
Ride sharing services can be sued for the actions of negligent drivers. The individual driver may be attached as a defendant, but the parent company is ultimately responsible and they will be the focus of the lawsuit. Any attorney who is experienced in these areas will know what procedures are relevant to bringing the case and ensuring that everything is filed properly.
It is also possible that a victim can be paid a substantial sum from the large insurance policies that these companies have if there was a serious accident. Any business that has large numbers of vehicles on the roads at once tends to have special kinds of high risk insurance with large potential coverage amounts.
Car crash attorneys in West Palm Beach
Smith and Vanture is a trusted firm that helps local accident victims with the process to receive compensation and navigate the legal system. Anyone who is considering a lawsuit and retaining legal representation can get in touch with the firm to learn more.
Firm contact info:
580 Village Blvd. Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33409