Many rideshare drivers are at risk of an accident if they drive while drowsy. These drivers may be working a full-time job or multiple jobs in addition to rideshare driving, working late hours, or driving an overnight shift, and without taking a break or getting sufficient sleep, their fatigue can be the cause of a crash. If you were injured as a result of a drowsy rideshare driver’s negligence, contact an experienced rideshare accident attorney to determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Signs of a Drowsy Rideshare Driver
Some rideshare drivers may be employed by more than one rideshare company and work long hours without a rest in between. While the amount of hours a driver can drive is regulated, these rules are not strictly enforced from one rideshare company to another. However, a driver may not report driving for two companies on a given night or week.
When a driver is drowsy, they are usually not alert or paying close attention to the road. Some signs of a drowsy rideshare driver to watch for include:
- Driver is yawning or rubbing their eyes
- Driver has a slow reaction time and misses turns, exits, or traffic signals
- Driver is speeding or driving too slowly
- Driver is drifting from one lane of traffic to another
If you sense that your rideshare driver is fatigued and you are in danger, ask them to stop and pull over, so you can end the ride and exit the car.
What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
After being involved in a rideshare accident with a driver who is drowsy, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries. If the police responded to the scene, be sure to get a copy of the police report. You also want to collect important information such as the rideshare driver’s name, insurance information, license plate number, and any other details from the scene.
One critical thing to do after a rideshare accident is to contact a car accident attorney before speaking to any insurance companies or the rideshare driver’s attorney. An attorney can help you with your personal injury claim. You will need to prove that your injuries were a result of the rideshare accident, and the drowsy driver was at fault.
You may be entitled to receive compensation whether you are a passenger in the rideshare vehicle, another driver who was involved in the accident, or a pedestrian who was hit by the rideshare vehicle. If the rideshare driver is at fault, you can file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Contact an Experienced Rideshare Accident Attorney
As a former State Trooper, Attorney Coy Browning is familiar with rideshare accidents and drowsy, at-fault drivers. He can help investigate your rideshare accident claim and get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident and need legal help, contact Browning Law Firm. To set up a free, no obligation consultation, fill out our online contact form, or call us today.