Everyone is aware of the growth that Uber has experienced since its creation in 2009. Unfortunately, we are also aware of the many controversies surrounding the company. Even before the pandemic, you as a passenger were at risk of becoming seriously injured on your trips with Uber.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an Uber accident, you want The Strong Arm of John Foy & Associates by your side; feel free to contact our office at your earliest convenience to speak with a Canton Uber accident lawyer.
How Frequently Do Uber Accidents Happen?
Uber released a safety report in 2019 that declared that Uber vehicles were likely to become involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents at a rate of 0.57 per million miles traveled. Compared to the overall national rate of 1.13 per million vehicle miles traveled, this may seem reassuring.
However, another study by the University of Chicago and Rice University concluded that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have contributed to a 2 to 3 % increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents since 2011.
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How Can Passengers Be Harmed While Riding in an Uber?
One of the many controversies surrounding Uber concerns the safety of passengers. As a passenger, you do not want to jeopardize your life while riding in an Uber. There are several ways that you can become injured during your trip with Uber, including:
Being Forcibly Kicked Out of an Uber
Uber drivers can seriously injure passengers by forcibly removing them from their vehicles. If an Uber driver kicks you out, you are at risk of suffering from injuries caused by being run over by another car. Once you leave an Uber driver’s vehicle, you are considered a pedestrian and can suffer from serious injuries like being crushed by other cars or even the Uber driver’s vehicle.
Car Accidents Involving All Types of Vehicles
There are many negligent actions that Uber drivers can take to cause an Uber accident. Whether speeding or driving recklessly to complete a trip, these actions can put your life in danger. Even Uber drivers can contribute to car accidents if they fail to maintain their vehicles properly.
Unfortunately, sexual assault has been one of the common harmful activities happening with Uber. Some drivers have been reported to return to other passengers’ homes and follow passengers inside. Some passengers have been assaulted inside the Uber driver’s vehicle.
These acts can cause passengers to become seriously traumatized, and some victims may not come forward due to fear of future terror.
Uber’s Liability in Car Accidents
As a passenger of Uber, you are entitled to feel that Uber has a responsibility to provide a safe traveling experience for you – because they do. Like all companies in America, Uber is responsible for ensuring and providing safety to its customers. There are several ways that Uber can be held liable for the accidents that happen in their care:
Duty of Care to Customers
Uber has a duty of care to its customers. Under this duty of care, Uber must provide a safe traveling experience for each customer. When you are injured while riding Uber, Uber violates exercising that duty of care.
Negligent Hiring of Drivers
Another way Uber can be held liable for its accidents is through negligent hiring. People who want to drive for Uber must pass a background check before driving. However, Uber is not as diligent in thoroughly investigating background checks and ensuring that their drivers do not have any past behaviors like assault or drug use.
Reinstating or Failing to Ban Dangerous Drivers from the Uber App
Another way that Uber fails to provide a duty of care to its passengers is by allowing dangerous drivers to continue to use the app or outright failing to terminate dangerous drivers. Even though Uber requires its drivers to pass a background check, the background check only covers a particular amount of years. This means that any red flags in the driver’s background check can go unnoticed until it is too late.
Even worse, you as the passenger are constantly placed in danger when you come in contact with a dangerous driver.
How an Uber Accident Lawyer in Canton Can Help
Whether Uber has failed to investigate their drivers during the hiring process thoroughly or failed to terminate a negligent driver, the company has been unable to keep you and other passengers safe. When Uber fails to exercise the duty of care they owe to you, then you have the right to hold them liable. However, you may not know precisely how to hold the company accountable.
Here are several ways that our Canton Uber accident attorneys can help you hold Uber responsible for your accident:
Filing a Claim Against Uber
As a victim of an Uber accident, you have a specific time to file a claim against Uber. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for car accidents is two years. After two years, you will no longer have the opportunity to pursue legal action against the company.
Our Uber accident attorneys in Canton can help you file your claim against Uber and hold the appropriate parties responsible for your accident.
Serve as a Guide on What Actions to Take
Our Canton Uber accident lawyers have enough experience with Uber’s policies to understand the correct actions you need to take. We are more than confident enough to take the lead and guide you on the right actions to take to succeed in your claim. We can also share the actions and setbacks that you may expect from Uber and how to counteract them.
Get the Strong Arm to Help You with Your Uber Accident Claim
You or your loved one are entitled to the compensation you deserve from your Uber accident. Our Canton Uber accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates can help fight on your behalf and allow you to rest. Call our office, or complete our contact form to schedule an initial consultation with a Canton Uber accident lawyer today.