Since 2011, the number of car accidents and accident-related deaths, specifically from ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, has increased annually. If you have been injured or involved in such an accident, our San Antonio Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys are here to discuss your case.
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No matter where in San Antonio you live these ride-sharing accidents typically happen in a handful of fashions.
Even the most attentive of drivers, in a crowded parking lot, might fail to check all of their surroundings before turning a corner, entering a driveway, or backing out of a parking spot. In the afternoon or the morning, tricks of light can prevent drivers from accurately seeing backup lights, which can exacerbate the problem of a crowded parking lot. Even accidents that take place under 15 miles an hour can still result in injuries to passengers and two drivers.
Criss-crossing San Antonio are multiple highways, and occasionally drivers might fail to double-check mirrors when merging into another lane. The more congested the roads, especially on Interstate 10, the more frequently such accidents take place. Many drivers often tailgate, especially during heavy traffic, and when ride-sharing drivers rely heavily on notifications via the phone or the car this can be very dangerous. Even split-second distractions can cause a driver to swerve into the next lane or have to move to another lane to avoid a rear-end collision, which usually results in sideswiping.
Whether it’s on a highway or a surface street, when drivers tailgate, it can result in rear-end collisions. When Uber and Lyft drivers offer ride-sharing services to multiple people, there is a lot of communication to juggle. This leaves drivers at a higher risk for rear-end collisions. Accidents can occur when they are looking at GPS devices or their phones to figure out when and where to drop off clients or pick them up. Not paying attention even in wall-to-wall traffic will reduce reaction time by seconds critical to preventing such car accidents.
There are plenty of times where Uber and Lyft drivers are not necessarily at fault but still find themselves in an accident. When cars merge dangerously from stop and go traffic, into a lane that they think is moving faster without first achieving the same speed as the other lane. In some cases, cars failed to check their mirrors, or they don’t correctly signal, especially in San Antonio, which leads to collisions with other vehicles.
The most common injuries sustained in Uber or Lyft car accidents are the same as any other accident: broken bones, whiplash and neck injuries, back injuries, rotator cuff injuries, and traumatic brain injury.
The most common injuries sustained in car accidents include broken bones and fractures. Even car accidents where both vehicles are traveling at under 10 miles an hour can throw the body in one direction or another and place a great deal of stress on specific points in the body resulting in broken bones.
Bone fractures are comparatively less severe, but they can require expensive medical treatment and still cause a lot of pain. The sudden impact or sudden twist of an accident most commonly results in broken bones that can take months to heal.
Whiplash is the second most common injury in all car accidents and is most common in rear-end collisions. Neck injuries like whiplash can manifest in the form of stiffness or pain in the neck, which in some cases is temporary but in other cases can lead to long-term chronic pain.
Back injuries like herniated discs can lead to chronic pain and severe car accidents, particularly those where higher speeds are involved can result in damage to the spinal cord, nerve damage, even paralysis.
In a car accident, the severe movement and impact placed on the body can tear the tendons out of the joint, especially on the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries can severely impact your ability to complete daily tasks or in some cases to return to work.
Head injuries when your head comes into contact with another object unexpectedly at a high rate of speed can damage the brain tissue or destroy it permanently. Damage to the brain can result in cognitive interference, an inability to move physically as you once did, even a failure to complete daily tasks.
If you were involved in a car accident either while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or if an Uber or Lyft vehicle hit you, follow these steps:
After a car accident of any kind, you always want to document everything you can. It doesn’t matter if you were the person driving or if you were just a passenger, use your phone to take notes or pictures and document things such as:
Even if your injuries do not seem severe, you have a legal obligation in the state of Texas to seek medical care after being involved in a car accident. Whether you were a driver, a third party, or a passenger in the Uber or Lyft vehicle, you need to get checked out by a doctor. Even if you don’t feel symptoms now, you could down the line and later on be entitled to compensation but only if you did your part.
You must reach out to San Antonio Uber and Lyft accident attorneys immediately to determine how much at fault you may have been, whether you have a case, and what steps to follow moving forward. The statute of limitations in Texas on filing a personal injury claim is two years. The longer you wait to file a claim, the harder it may be for you to recover the maximum amount allowed for your damages. You must seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
of personal injury claimants with legal representation receive a settlement or award.