A Pennsylvania 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. Rideshare companies are attractive for their ease of use and affordability, however, lawsuits allege that some rideshare drivers were negligent in tragic fatal car accidents. People who have been injured in accidents involving a rideshare automobile could be eligible to recover damages with the help of a Pennsylvania rideshare accident lawyer.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania rideshare accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is a Rideshare?
Rideshare companies (sometimes called transportation networking services) are growing in popularity, particularly in larger cities in the United States and places without adequate public transportation. Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have earned their notoriety largely because they are easy to use and provide quick transportation arrangements. Rideshare drivers and passengers make use of smartphone technology, social media networks and GPS navigation systems to request, accept and pay for shared rides.
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 1,200 traffic fatalities in the state of Pennsylvania.
Common injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents include:
- Neck and head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Back injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries, including injuries to major organs
In addition to physical injuries that drivers and passengers may receive as a result of an auto accident, some people can potentially suffer psychological injuries, including emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Rideshare Lawsuit Claims
A Pennsylvania rideshare accident attorney notes that many rideshare companies are looking to test self-driving cars as a way to drive down the cost of fares, however, the potential impact driverless cars may have on roadway safety is uncertain and only raises additional questions. According to Bloomberg, Uber is starting to test autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, and while the cars won’t be completely driverless in the beginning, developers and car makers are scrambling to capitalize on the potential opportunity the technology could bring.
Support for and an increased amount of research into driverless technology also comes as two rideshare accident lawsuits filed in California made national and local headlines. In a rideshare lawsuit filed in San Francisco against Uber, the plaintiffs alleged that, as a result of the negligence of the driver in the death of a six-year old girl, the family suffered great loss and harm.
How a Pennsylvania 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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