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Published on Feb 21, 2022 at 8:21 pm in Rideshare Accidents.
How is texting and driving against the law while using an Uber app while driving is legal? There are a variety of reasons why that same question concerns us as well. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the distractions rideshare drivers face.
Any of the following behaviors are considered distracted driving:
Distracted driving has become an issue ever since phones designed to travel with you became widespread, and Uber drivers use their phones constantly.
Here are some eye-opening statistics about distracted driving:
Rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, allow people to request a ride through an app from a private person driving their own vehicle (not a taxi or corporate vehicle). During the pick-up, driving, and dropping-off process, the driver must use that same app to check in and follow directions to the destination.
Did you know the Uber app gives drivers just fifteen seconds to reply to a new ride alert? In other words, if the driver wants to maximize her or his income and take as many rides as possible, they need to respond before the other drivers, whether they are merging onto a crowded downtown street or making a left turn in a busy intersection at the time or not. Uber can even suspend drivers if they do not respond to these leads quickly enough.
Despite its reliance on smartphone use by drivers, Uber’s own website tells their drivers things like:
Since 2011, when rideshare apps arose, there has been a 3% increase every year in car accident fatalities (about 1,000 additional deaths per year). Not only that, but fatal accidents for pedestrians and bicyclists have risen in the same time period as well. Research shows that the increasing number of drivers who lack any type of professional driver training and are being constantly distracted by their rideshare apps is to blame. No surprise.
If you have been involved in a rideshare accident, you need a law firm like us, well-versed in rideshare case law and statutes, to help. Contact us today for free legal advice about your case.