Ridesharing has seen massive growth in the U.S. over the past few years and as a result there are more Uber and Lyft vehicles on the street than ever. A 2019 survey concluded that 36 percent of people in the country used a ride sharing service in 2018, which was up 15 percent from 2015. Ten years ago ridesharing was a relative unknown, and now 1 out of 3 people use them. The growth is impressive, and in most cases Uber and Lyft provide people with an easier and cheaper way to get around than driving or calling for a traditional taxicab. Unfortunately there are downsides to all the convenience afforded by these rideshare companies, and injury car accidents are perhaps the main one. Uber and Lyft have done a better job over the past couple of years in protecting passengers against potential mistreatment by drivers. Background checks are more stringent for new drivers and current drivers are frequently reviewed. But these measures do not really take into account the main risk that the drivers are causing more car accidents and pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident by an Uber or Lyft driver anywhere in Maryland you deserve to receive the full amount of compensation allowed under the law. Uber and Lyft require drivers to maintain large insurance policies, and Benjamin Herbst will go after these polices with full force to recover for his clients. Benjamin is available 7 days a week at 410-207-2598 and will offer a free consultation about how to maximize your recovery so you can move on with your life.
In addition to attracting inexperienced drivers to drive for a living or even a “side hustle”, GPS apps are taking these drivers down unfamiliar roads. Taxis have their limitations, but at least the drivers for the most know where they are going, and have driven all the roads before. Uber and Lyft drivers are often asked to drive in new places and down unconventional routes in order to save time, and this can increase the odds of causing an accident. In addition, Uber and Lyft drivers can be distracted by talking to the passengers and simply fatigued by hours of carrying passengers. Inexperience plus new roads and distractions can often spell disaster, and if you or a loved one end up being a victim then someone must be held accountable.
Uber reported a net revenue of close to $12 billion in 2018 and the company is growing daily. It is no surprise that ridesharing is causing more accidents, and even more fatal car accidents according to a study released last year by the University of Chicago School of Business. This particular study claimed that ridesharing could be to blame for as much as a 4% increase in fatal car accidents in cities where Uber and Lyft are offered. Car accidents that did not involve a fatality were not part of the study, but a logical conclusion could be that ridesharing has increased all injury accidents. Benjamin Herbst represents Uber and Lyft passengers as well as drivers or passengers from other vehicles that were hit by a rideshare driver. He also represents pedestrians that were hit or injured by Uber drivers in all Maryland jurisdictions. Benjamin is never afraid to take on insurance companies and will never tolerate low-ball settlement offers from these giant profit machines. All of Benjamin’s clients have access to his cell phone 7 days a week, and he is always available to provide updates on the status of his client’s cases. If you want a Maryland Uber or Lyft lawyer that will fight for you tooth and nail and always be available for support then call Benjamin today for a free consultation.