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The Dangers of Ride Sharing Services

Ride sharing accidents are just like any other vehicle collision. There are some things to keep in mind, however. Attorneys Robert Mazow and Kevin McCullough of Mazow McCullough law firm discuss what to do if you’re in a ride sharing accident. Listen or read more to find out about ride sharing accidents

John Maher: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Robert Mazow and Kevin McCullough of the law firm Mazow McCullough, a personal injury law firm with offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. And today, we’re going to be talking about ride sharing accidents. Robert and Kevin, welcome.

Robert Mazow: Thank you, John.

Kevin McCullough: Thanks, John.

John: So, why don’t we start off with something basic. What is ride sharing? It’s kind of a new thing.

Robert: Ride sharing is the ability that we now have to access transportation without having to call for a private livery service or a cab. We have it on our phones. We have an app for things like Uber and Lyft. It gives us quick access and relatively inexpensive access to what’s hopefully safe transportation.

John: Right. How popular are ride sharing services now?

Kevin: Extremely popular, John. We’re seeing an uptick in the transportation services used by many consumers, whether it’s just for ease and traffic issues or conditions, commuting to and from work, commuting to and from different family events, or extracurricular activities as well. And also, if you’re looking to go out and enjoy a night out on the town or go to a particular event, it’s comforting to know that you have a safe and reliable ride home.

Ride Sharing Services – Dangers and Differences from Cabs

John: Okay. And we know, of course, that accidents happen with any type of vehicle, so you know, what are some of the dangers of ride sharing services?

Robert: Well, now that we’re seeing so many of these ride service vehicles on the road, we’re obviously seeing an increase in negligence. These drivers are on the road. They’re often driving for long periods of time. There doesn’t seem to be any requirements that they only drive for a certain amount of hours a day, so there’s certainly an element of driving while tired. So, we’re starting to see an increase in accidents, people getting hurt, people either getting hurt who are passengers in these vehicles or are pedestrians in these vehicles, or even drivers themselves are getting hurt as a result of other ride share drivers causing crashes.

John: Right. Are there some differences between accidents involving ride sharing services as opposed to cabs for that reason, because maybe there’s less regulations and things like that?

Robert: Yeah. Cabs have historically had lots of protections. They tend to have the basic minimal insurance coverage, where we’re starting to see in these ride share vehicles, there are different layers of insurance coverage that might be available. For instance, the driver would have his own, his or her own insurance policy, and many times, they pay extra to have another layer of coverage by a company that insures ride share kinds of vehicles, which does provide an advantage to some people who might be severely injured in a crash.

Accidents in a Ride Sharing Vehicle

John: Okay. So what are some of the things that happen when you get into an accident while you’re in a ride sharing vehicle.

Kevin: Similar to other collisions, John, the most important thing when you’re involved in a collision is just to make sure that you’re safe and that you’re okay, and that if you need medical treatment or attention, that you get that medical treatment or attention quickly. But, there is another layer that’s added on to a collision like this in that you really want to gather as much information early on as you can. Oftentimes, police may not be called to the scene of a collision. It’s important that if you have a telephone with you and you’ve been involved in a collision while using a ride share vehicle, that you do call the police, no matter what the other parties involved may think, just so that you can make sure that you have accurate information — accurate insurance information — and that things do get documented.

Whether or not there were any witnesses to the event, there could be other people in the vehicle with you, or just some bystanders who saw what happened. Sometimes, collisions occur in a busy city or a busy intersection, and cars take off. They flee the area. They flee the scene. So as much information that you can gather of an event, whether it’s what people may have seen or saw concerning the collision, as well as insurance information would be very helpful as far as presenting a claim later on.

John: Okay. Rob, any other thoughts about ride sharing accidents?

Robert: Yeah. I think what the benefit that we’re having is even if you are in a crash and you don’t happen to gather the information, particularly of the driver of the vehicle you’re in, you have it right on your phone, if you look at your phone, you look at your Uber app, you look at your Lyft app, the driver’s information is right there. The contact information is right there, so you should be okay if you don’t get any information upfront.

John: All right. That’s really great information, Robert and Kevin. Thank you for speaking with me today.

Kevin: Thank you, John.

Robert: Thank you, John.

John: And for more information on personal injury cases, visit the firm’s website at helpinginjured.com. Or call 855-693-9084.

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