Uber can be a great service for those looking for a lower cost and simpler way to get around. Rides can be ordered from your phone, there’s no need for cash or awkward concerns over tipping, and you don’t need to go through the hassle of trying to hail a cab on the street. However, you should always remember that Uber drivers are no different than any other drivers on the road. They don’t have special training, and they are prone to mistakes, just like everyone else.
Like a regular taxi service, the more an Uber driver is on the road, the more money they can make. The more of that time on the road that’s spent with passengers, the better. That means that they can be constantly trying to pick up and drop off as quickly as possible, which can mean speeding or driving unsafely. They also use an app to accept rides, which means they have to check their phones regularly, and respond quickly when a possible passenger pops up. This can be  dangerous distraction. Also, the more time spent on the road, the more tired a driver will be. There’s no limit on how much an Uber driver can work, so fatigue can definitely be an issue, especially if it’s late at night. Drivers are especially susceptible to drowsiness during late-night bar and casino pickups.
It can be complicated to determine who’s at fault if you’re injured as a passenger in an Uber, struck by an Uber vehicle, or are affected in any way by a crash involving an Uber. The first thing you should do if you’re hurt is to seek medical attention. However, always make sure that the doctor documents every aspect of your injuries. After that, make sure to retain the services of a reputable personal injury attorney. Uber and other ride-sharing services operate under a specific set of laws, and you need knowledge and experience to navigate them.
A victim can file a claim against Uber, but only if Uber wasn’t diligent in its hiring practises, which may have led to the accident. For instance, if the driver had a previous drunk driving conviction on his or her record, and Uber hired them anyway, or the conviction wasn’t during the period of time that Uber reviewed, then you may have a case. There are also different insurance policies that cover the different situations the driver may have been in at the time of the crash. Whether they were carrying a passenger, had the app open and available to accept a passenger, or simply performing personal errands in the vehicle all determine which insurance policy will apply.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an Uber, contact Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio in Westbury at 203-573-0019 for a consultation to see how they can examine your case and help you get fair compensation.

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