In 2020, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding accounted for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities. Some of these accidents involved speeding rideshare drivers. Not only are drivers who speed breaking the law, but they put their passengers and others on the road at risk. If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding with a speeding Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
When Rideshare Drivers Speed
Rideshare services provide a variety of benefits, including an easy and inexpensive way for people to get around, less stressful commutes, and zero parking problems for passengers. Of course, riders want to feel confident that their driver follows all safety rules; however, not all rideshare drivers follow the rules of the road. Some of them may speed, putting the life of the passenger at risk.
Reasons Rideshare Drivers Speed
- Traffic congestion. Being stuck in traffic may cause a driver to run late for their next rider or another appointment.
- Distraction. Rideshare drivers may become distracted by passengers or by checking their GPS and not pay attention to the speed limit.
- Make money. An Uber or Lyft driver may speed to get in as many rides as possible. The more rides they complete, the more money they will make.
Rideshare companies such as Uber have taken steps to help prevent their drivers from speeding by using a program to monitor a driver’s speed through the Uber app on the driver’s cell phone. Not only will drivers receive a summary of their driving patterns, but they will receive notification if they exceed the speed limit. This program also alerts drivers when they go over the local speed limit by more than 15 miles per hour. While this feature may be helpful, not every driver will use it to improve the safety of their driving.
What to Do After a Florida Rideshare Accident Due to Speeding
If you were injured in an accident caused by a speeding rideshare driver, there are several things to do that can help protect your legal rights and possible compensation.
When You’re Injured by a Speeding Rideshare Driver in Florida
- Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries sustained in the accident, no matter how minor they may seem. Obtain copies of any medical reports or receipts for treatment.
- Call the police and file a police report. Make sure you receive a copy of the police report.
- If you can stay at the scene of the rideshare accident, gather any evidence from the accident such as photos, contact information for any witnesses or other parties involved in the accident, and the rideshare driver’s information.
- Contact the rideshare company to notify them of the accident and that the driver was involved.
- Avoid speaking to insurance companies without consulting with an attorney. Insurance companies want to quickly settle your case for the least amount possible.
One of the most important things to do after the accident is to contact a rideshare accident liability attorney to protect your rights and possible compensation.
Damages You May Recover
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a speeding rideshare driver in Florida, contact Browning Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736.