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Rideshare Vehicle Head-On Collisions 

Published on Jul 25, 2022 at 8:00 am in Lyft Accidents, Uber Accidents.

Anyone who suffers injuries or loses a loved one in a head-on Uber crash should contact an Uber accident attorney right away.

On Christmas morning in 2015, an Uber carrying a passenger on Highway 1 in Pacifica, California, was involved in a head-on collision with a Toyota Corolla. The Corolla burst into flames, and the driver was burned beyond recognition, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fate of the Uber passenger? Unfortunately, the passenger died from the injuries sustained in the accident before sunrise on December 25. 

About Head-On Collisions

Without a doubt, head-on crashes are the most lethal type of traffic accident possible. The good news is that just a small percentage (2%) of traffic accidents are head-on crashes. The bad news is that those 2% of accidents account for 10% of all auto accident deaths. Head-on crashes generally involve head and spinal injuries, which, of course, are very serious. In order for a head-on collision to take place, there are usually other factors at play. 

Sober, attentive drivers traveling safely at the speed limit rarely have reason to accidentally veer into on-coming traffic. On the other hand, Head-on crashes, unfortunately, tend to involve reckless driving, speeding, driver distractions, and/or alcohol or drug use. 

In the case of the Pacifica accident above, the police had the roadway closed for four hours while they conducted their investigation. Obviously, this is standard procedure. If you are in a Lyft or Uber and a head-on collision occurs, ensure that a similar type of thorough investigation is conducted, especially if there was a fatality.

Uber & Lyft Head-On Collisions

Sadly, rideshare drivers do get involved in head-on crashes. If a rideshare driver causes a head-on crash, drunk and aggressive driving are generally not the culprits. These are though:

  • Fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Vehicle defect
  • Making an illegal turn
  • Overdriving road conditions (snow, flooding, storm) 

Cell Phones and Driving Are a Deadly Combination 

Think about it. Lyft and Uber drivers are required to use the very device blamed for distracting millions of drivers every day. That raises a red flag immediately. Using your phone while driving is inherently dangerous–period. Texting while driving is against the law for a reason. In addition, Have you ever even seen a rideshare driver use a “safe driving” app like Android Auto to allow for hands-free driving? It’s rare and, sadly, not required by Uber, Lyft, or the law.

Rideshare drivers receive small on-screen notifications and a fairly quiet ping alert when a new ride request comes in. Think about how dangerous this is! If the Uber driver doesn’t reply in 15 seconds, they can actually be penalized. No wonder Uber drivers are getting involved in head-on collisions. Since 2011 when rideshare apps first hit the scene, 1,000 additional people have died annually in auto accidents. 

Rideshare Vehicle Head-On Collisions in LA? Contact Ride App Law Group!

Ride App Law Group is a firm of LA-based rideshare app attorneys. We know all the little games Uber and Lyft like to play. Let us help you get the most compensation possible for your injuries. Contact Ride App Law Group today.

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