The growth of ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have undisputedly increased convenience for Americans in need of transportation. Instead of hailing a cab or calling ahead for a driver, you can obtain a ride in just of few clicks on an app.
Unfortunately, a recent study released by researchers at the University of Chicago and Rice University in Houston, TX indicates the rise in ride-sharing correlates with a 3% increase in fatal vehicle accidents. That number might appear low initially, but, using the United States Department of Transportation’s numerical value of human life, that increase translates into a $10 billion negative impact on the economy from lives lost.
If you are involved in a non-fatal car accident and were injured while using Uber or Lyft, consider hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the insurance covering the driver, and the state in which the accident took place, you might have to exhaust other options before you go after the company directly for compensation.