Unfortunately, rideshare companies don’t always hire the most experienced drivers. Car accidents happen all the time. Some of these accidents involve another driver that is part of a rideshare program and has paying customers in the vehicle. If you were harmed or injured as a passenger in a rideshare, you have legal options. The Law Firm of Joseph T. Welsh has experience litigating rideshare accident cases and is eager to help you today.
What is a Rideshare?
Rideshare services have increased in popularity over the last few years. They act as alternatives to taxicab services and generally offer rides at lower rates. Almost anyone can sign up to be a rideshare driver to make money on the side, meaning that nearly everyone with a valid driver’s license can use his vehicle to transport passengers.
People use cell phone apps exclusively to access rideshares. Some of the most popular rideshare apps include Uber and Lyft. You can find services from both companies in almost any large city in the U.S. With the increased presence of rideshare apps, accidents involving their drivers are increasing in frequency.
What are Rideshare Regulations?
Rideshare apps haven’t been around for very long and the law has yet to catch up with this new method of transportation. Unlike rideshares, taxicab companies are typically required to follow strict rules and regulations regarding business practices and insurance.
In recent years dozens of lawsuits have been filed against rideshare companies due to their drivers’ negligence. Scrutiny from the public is prompting lawmakers to create laws regarding passenger safety and insurance when they’re in a rideshare.
Millions of car accidents take place in the United States each year. While some only result in damage to the car, drivers and passengers alike often incur severe injuries. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015 there were a total of 335 traffic fatalities in the state of Kansas. Some of these crashes involve rideshare drivers, and their passengers often suffer the consequences.
Speak with a Kansas Rideshare Accident Attorney
Rideshare companies and their drivers have a duty to offer safe services for all of their passengers and regard the safety of others on the road. They must take responsibility for any risks presented during a rideshare and hold themselves accountable for damages that occur due to their negligence.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a rideshare collision, seek legal counsel today. A reputable car accident attorney can help you get compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Attorney Joseph T. Welsh works tirelessly to help those affected by rideshare driver negligence by offering high-quality legal services. He focuses on personal injury law in Kansas and is eager to help you recover the damages owed to you. Contact the Law Firm of Joseph T. Welsh today at (620) 510-5030 to receive a free case evaluation.