Some common mistakes by Uber drivers behind the wheel can include:
- Failure to yield
- Running traffic signals
- Following too closely
- Failure to signal
- Improper lane changes
Any type of traffic violation can result in a collision, though there are some risks that are particularly prevalent when it comes to Uber rides. The following are only some examples of such risks:
This is a dangerously common concern when it comes to Uber drivers, as they often spend long hours on the road trying to pick up as many rides as possible. In recent years, Uber did limit the consecutive hours a driver could work. Specifically, a driver can be logged in to the app for work for 12 hours and then, they cannot log in again for another six hours. However, these restrictions are hardly effective in combatting fatigued Uber drivers.
Many rideshare drivers use Uber to supplement their income from a full-time job, often going straight from an eight-hour shift to a long night of driving. Consider the following:
- Adam works as a car repairman from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
- After his shift, he immediately logs in to the Uber app to start picking up rides.
- He knows that the demand for drivers often peaks as the bars and restaurants close in Philly or after sports games.
- He regularly drives with Uber until 2:00 a.m., when he goes home and tries to get a few hours of sleep.
- The next day, he does it all again.
The above scenario is far too common in the Uber driver’s world. While Adam was within the safety limits set by Uber for hours of work, he is likely regularly fatigued and at risk of falling asleep or losing focus, leading to an accident.
Anyone can get distracted while driving, even professional drivers. An Uber driver connects to the Uber app at all times they are working. The app allows them to accept rides, tells them where to pick up a passenger, and how to get to the passenger’s destination. Even if a driver has a hands-free phone mount in their car, they will still be regularly checking the screen for more information.
Even looking away from the road for a few seconds is long enough to cause a crash. For this reason, Uber drivers are at a constant risk of crashing, as they are constantly checking their phones as an inherent part of their jobs. They can also add in other distractions, such as talking on the phone, engaging with passengers, eating and drinking, and more.
Uber drivers get paid per ride no matter how long the ride takes. If a passenger agrees to a $12 ride, they will pay $12 even if the driver gets stuck in traffic for an extra 30 minutes. With the traffic in Philly, this situation is a common one. Therefore, drivers often look for ways to complete as many rides as possible in a short period of time, which can lead to aggressive driving.
Uber drivers may speed or swerve through traffic to get where they are going as fast as possible. Often, drivers know the roads well and may have an over-inflated sense of confidence when driving aggressively. Aggressive driving is always dangerous, as too many Philadelphians know from experience, and this behavior can lead to devastating Uber accidents.
For some reason, many passengers in Uber vehicles feel safe not buckling their seat belts, especially if they are sitting in the back. It is common for Uber riders to ignore safety restraints and trust the driver, only to be seriously injured if an accident happens. Head-on collisions and rollovers can be particularly dangerous for unrestrained passengers, as they may be ejected from the vehicle. It’s important to know that even if a passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt, a negligent driver can still be held liable for injuries they cause in a crash.
Inadequate Vehicle Maintenance
Philadelphia Uber drivers must have a vehicle that meets the minimum standards, as well as maintain a valid inspection certificate. While a driver might meet these requirements when they begin driving, there is little to stop them from ignoring problems with their vehicles that arise in between inspections. A driver may notice that a tire is overly work, though puts off replacing it until it is necessary to pass inspection. In the meantime, the tire blows on the highway and the Uber driver crashes. Uber drivers are responsible for all their own vehicle-related expenses, so it is no surprise that some drivers try to cut dangerous corners when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
The above are only some reasons why Uber drivers may be at a particularly high risk of crashing. It is important to determine exactly what led to your crash to ensure you identify the proper liable parties. The legal team at The Levin Firm investigates crashes to gather evidence of negligence and prove liability for your losses. The sooner we start looking into the cause of your Uber accident, the better.
Representing All Uber Accident Victims
When you think of an Uber-related injury, you might immediately think of a passenger injured when an Uber driver crashed. While this is a common scenario, there are other ways that Uber drivers can be involved in injury crashes, as follows:
- An Uber driver crashes into another vehicle and injures a vehicle occupant
- An Uber driver hits and injures a pedestrian or a bicyclist
- Another driver crashes into an Uber, injuring an Uber passenger
Each of these situations will require different types of claims for the injured party to seek compensation, as well as different proof of liability. Whether you were an Uber passenger, riding in another vehicle, or a pedestrian or bicyclist, The Levin Firm can represent you.