Ride-share crashes: Reasons they occur and what to do if involved in one

Aug 4, 2020 | Firm News

Using a ride-sharing service is a great way to get from point A to point B without having to take your own vehicle. In some areas, it’s beneficial to use these services so that you don’t have to own your own vehicle or pay for parking.

There is a downside to using someone else’s vehicle, though, and that’s that you don’t necessarily get to be in control of it. The driver may make mistakes and put you in harm’s way, even though you’re a paying client.

There are a few different reasons why ride-share crashes may happen. They may include:

  • Distractions, such as using a GPS unit to get you to your destination
  • Speed, if a driver is trying to quickly drop you off
  • Drunk driving, if the driver had a drink before getting behind the wheel
  • Night driving, when it’s harder to see
  • Recklessness, which could be caused by trying to get in as many rides as possible that day

If you see that your driver isn’t paying attention or seems to be under the influence, you can ask that they stop and let you out. Doing so might leave you waiting for a new driver, but it is also one of the safest things you can do. You can also report the driver or call 911, depending on the circumstances.

What should you do if you’re involved in a crash while using a ride-sharing service?

If you get into a crash while you’re using a ride-sharing service, you should be able to pursue a claim against the driver’s insurance. If the driver is not insured, you may be able to pursue a claim directly against the ride-sharing company.