An Arizona rideshare accident attorney can help individuals who have been injured or harmed as a result of an accident involving a rideshare driver or their vehicle. Although ridesharing apps have become a popular option for riders and drivers in major cities throughout the world, lawsuits allege that those companies were negligent in some accidents involving rideshare drivers. People who have been injured in accidents involving a rideshare automobile could be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Arizona rideshare accident lawyer.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Arizona today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Arizona rideshare accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
How Do Ridesharing Applications Work?
Passengers who wish to “hail” a ride must complete a few steps that usually take just a few minutes. Those steps include:
- Passengers download the app, sign up and give personal profile information, including credit card or PayPal information.
- Passengers place a ride request through the app and wait as a nearby driver (who works for that company) accepts the request
- Using GPS, drivers take passengers to their destination.
- Once a passenger reaches their destination, a fare amount is sent to their smartphone app and is automatically paid.
Uber and Lyft, the two major rideshare companies operating in the United States, are available in both major metropolitan regions in the state of Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson).
Car Accident Injuries
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), millions of accidents involving motor vehicles occur every year in the United States. In 2015, there were a total of 893 traffic fatalities in the state of Arizona.
The most common types of car accident injuries include:
- Head, neck and spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Injuries to the arms and legs
- Broken bones
People who are injured in car accidents may also endure psychological injuries as well. People who have been injured as a result of a car accident involving a rideshare driver may be able to pursue a claim with the help of an Arizona rideshare accident attorney.
Rideshare Lawsuit Claims
An Arizona rideshare accident attorney notes that a lawsuit filed on behalf of a six-year-old girl who died when she was hit by an Uber driver has brought greater attention to the need for more accountability on the part of rideshare services. In 2014, the family of little girl filed a lawsuit against Uber and the driver of an UberX car in San Francisco, claiming that the driver was distracted by the use of the service’s mobile phone app and GPS navigation system.
According to NBCnews.com, the family of the little girl reached a settlement with Uber for an undisclosed amount of money. Uber initially argued that because the driver was not carrying any passengers at the time of the accident, the company was not legally responsible for the injuries that resulted.
How an Arizona Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help
Rideshare companies and their drivers have a duty to provide a safe environment for its passengers, drivers, other commuters, and pedestrians. If there are risks of harm associated with rideshare company drivers, the company must also provide adequate warnings and safeguards. If a driver fails to fulfill this duty, they, as well as the company, could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured as a result of a car accident involving a rideshare car through no fault of their own may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died in car accidents may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.