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Overworked Rideshare Drivers Put Everyone at Risk
By Pyle Law, April 21 2020 4:27 pm
Overworked Rideshare Drivers Put Everyone at Risk

While rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft make getting around town more convenient, there are also dangers involved that need to be taken into consideration. Leaving the traffic and the parking to your rideshare driver is great, but it is important to remember that they can get into crashes like any other driver on the road. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, consult with an experienced Kansas car accident attorney today.

Rideshare Drivers Aren’t Commercial Drivers

It’s important to establish that rideshare drivers are not commercial drivers, and this fact makes a significant safety difference. When rideshare companies started, they took off quickly – before anyone had time to really question what was happening. The companies only hired independent contractors, who did not need a special license or training like other commercial drivers. For example, bus or taxi drivers must meet certain criteria and abide by additional regulations, while rideshare drivers do not have to do so.

Hours of Service Limits

Commercial drivers are held to strict hours-of-service regulations. These are intended to help keep dangerous drowsy drivers off our roadways. Because commercial drivers log a lot of hours behind the wheel, these limitations help keep them accountable and awake behind the wheel. While many states have restrictions on rideshare driving hours, these drivers often work another job (even for another rideshare company) before logging into the app. This means many rideshare drivers might be highly fatigued on the roads. 

As more and more people join the “gig economy,” the effects continue to reverberate, and one of them is exhaustion and overwork. Rideshare drivers only get paid for the fares they complete, and many are forced to spend long hours behind the wheel in order to make a living. The massive rideshare companies made the rules early on, and they do not favor their independent contractors, which also puts passengers and other motorists at risk when drivers are overworked. 

Insurance Coverage

If you are injured by an overworked rideshare driver, the question of insurance coverage is complicated, but the basics include the following:

  • If the driver was on the app and had a fare or was about to pick one up, the rideshare company has insurance in place to cover the accident (but the coverage is unlikely to be robust).
  • If the driver was on the app but had no prospective fare, either the rideshare company or the driver’s insurance may be most applicable.
  • If the driver wasn’t on the app, the accident will proceed exactly as any other car accident would.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Kansas Car Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured by an overworked rideshare driver, the dedicated car accident attorneys at Pyle Law Firm in Kansas are on your side. These cases are often complicated, but our legal team has the experience, commitment, and resources to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (888) 381-1155 today.

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