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I am seeing more rideshare accidents in Denver. My wife and I were in a rideshare car recently (I can’t remember if it was Uber or Lyft) and there were two drivers in the car: the passenger was teaching the driver how to drive in America! He ran two red lights in the span of a few blocks and we said, “Pull over!” We got out of the car to save our own lives. We did not want to be in an Uber or Lyft accident in Denver.
Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are hiring so many drivers that there is no quality control over safety. Also, I’M not convinced Denver actually needs any more rideshare drivers because the ones who have already signed up aren’t busy enough as it is. Existing drivers, who often need to make a living, just face more competition as their own companies flood the market.
What happened to these companies’ ideals? When Uber first launched, it described itself as a solution to traffic. By their logic, if people carpooled more, there would be less traffic. That inspired vision has not come to pass. Instead, Uber and Lyft drivers contribute to congestion by trolling around different regions, waiting for rides to pop up. Or they sit and idle for long periods of time, spewing exhaust that should never be spewed.
Maybe worst of all, there are many more rideshare accidents in Denver. I have seen the uptick in my office and the cases are tragic. We currently represent a client who was hit by a Lyft driver who was only 21 years old. Lyft says that their drivers have to be 26 or older, but their push to hire more drivers has left their hiring standards in the dust.
I have another case of an Uber driver who ran a red light and crashed into several cars, causing major injuries to multiple victims.
Here’s my impression: more rideshare cars means more accidents. The good news for victims (if there is good news in a situation like this) is that, when these drivers are “on the clock,” they generally have good insurance. Let me explain how this works from the driver’s perspective.
Let’s use Uber’s insurance program as an example.
As an Uber driver, you are covered by Uber’s insurance when:
You are not covered by Uber’s Insurance when:
I’m guessing Uber and Lyft drivers in Denver are simply on the road more than the average Denver driver, going to and from the spots where they wait to take a fare, and those times may not be covered by the rideshare company. More road time equals more opportunities for accidents.
We have a client who was riding his bicycle legally and got doored by a passenger exiting an Uber car on the driver’s side. The driver parked in a bike lane to let his fare out, so the bicycle accident was the driver’s fault and Uber’s insurance will pay for his injuries and losses.
If you have been in an Uber accident in Denver or a Lyft accident in Denver and you’re confused about the insurance policies that should cover your damages or medical bills, consult with our Denver car accident lawyers today. Call us at (303) 388-5304 or fill out our online contact form.