Last month, a couple was planning a trip to take a long-awaited vacation. After their Uber arrived to take them to the airport, the Uber driver was helping load luggage in the back. Suddenly, an SUV crashed into the Uber, injuring the driver and both passengers. All were taken to the hospital in fair condition. The police said distracted driving may have been a factor in causing the accident.
Distracted Driving in Colorado Accidents
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, distracted driving causes an average of 43 crashes every day in Colorado. Distractions can come from any source, including looking at the radio, lighting a cigarette, or picking something off the floor while driving. However, the most common distraction involves looking at a mobile phone.
Distractions are involved in a lot of Lyft and Uber car accidents. Lyft and Uber drivers are required to look at their phones to go active on the app, accept or decline a ride, map to the pick-up, map the route, and finish the ride. As most of us know, these drivers often use the phone while driving. Any distraction that takes the driver's eyes off the road, even for a second, could put others at risk of an accident.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim After an Accident in an Uber
Even when the Uber driver is safe and following all the traffic laws, the driver still cannot account for other drivers on the road. The occupants of an Uber were injured in a car accident when a large van struck a Camry, sending the vehicle into an outdoor dining structure. According to an employee who saw the accident, at least one of the occupants of what appeared to be an Uber was taken away on a stretcher.
Uber is supposed to provide insurance coverage for up to $1 million when there is an accident during the ride. However, just because Uber provides limited insurance does not mean it is easy to file an injury claim. Any insurance claim involves dealing with the insurance company. The insurance company may do what they can to reduce the payout, delay a settlement agreement, or try to find a reason to deny the claim.
Denver Auto Accident Lawyer
A rideshare vehicle is just as likely to get into a car accident as any other vehicle on Denver roads. When an Uber or Lyft is involved in a car accident, the driver and passengers can suffer serious injuries. Dealing with the rideshare company, different insurance companies, and other people involved in the accident can make a personal injury claim more complicated. An experienced Denver accident lawyer can help navigate the process to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve.
If you are injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, talk to your Denver auto accident lawyer about how you can recover damages to pay for your injuries. Your attorney can deal with the insurance companies so you can focus on getting better and getting back to work. Contact the Denver Legal Eagles today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation.