Posted By Eugene Bruno & Associates Posted in: Rideshare Accident.
You may have missed it, but under California law, Uber and Lyft drivers face new blood alcohol content requirements. This may seem like a no brainer, but it was necessary due to a rise in the number of ridesharing drivers driving under the influence. In the US there are over 400,000 Uber drivers and over 350,000 Lyft drivers. We’re sure you want your driver to be sober, but the requirements still allow them to have a blood alcohol content of .04 percent, down from the normal legal .08 percent level.
With so many ridesharing vehicles on the road, accidents are bound to happen. If you need a ride sharing accident attorney in Chula Vista, The Eugene Bruno & Associates are standing by to help.
The world of transportation has been transformed by Uber and Lyft, the two biggest names in the ridesharing industry. Before, if we needed a ride somewhere, we would use public transportation or call a taxi. We know that those drivers are trained to drive passengers and we could be fairly certain we were in a safe vehicle.
But do we know that when we call a ridesharing service?
When we open our apps and press a button, do we know that the driver who shows up is a safe driver? Becoming an Uber or Lyft driver in California is not hard. With a fairly clean driving record and a four-door vehicle that meets the year requirements, almost anyone can become a ridesharing driver. Essentially, we are trusting our neighbors to handle thousands of rides around the city every day.
Do you know what to do if you get into an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver? If you are a passenger, in another vehicle that a ridesharing car has hit, or a pedestrian that is struck nearby, you could be injured.
We want you to know that both Uber and Lyft have insurance policies that cover a range of possibilities when it comes to their drivers. Even though each driver is an independent contractor, the ridesharing companies offer insurance that covers the driver while they have passengers as well as while they are waiting for fairs. This includes when their drivers are riding to pick someone up.
If you are injured due to a ridesharing service driver’s mistake, we advise you to seek legal advice immediately so you know your next steps.
We know you will have many questions that need answering if you get into an accident, especially if it wasn’t your fault. If medical bills are piling up and you can’t work, you may start to panic. At the Eugene Bruno & Associates, we don’t believe that someone else’s negligence should mean that your financial livelihood should be in jeopardy. If you need a ridesharing accident attorney in Chula Vista to fight for your rights, we are standing by to take your case. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-278-6688.