Uber and Lyft have taken a hefty percentage of the ground transportation market in Utah in recent years. While these services have certainly been convenient for many passengers, there have also been some problems. Rideshare accidents are increasing, which means the number of injured in these accidents is increasing as well. Fortunately, a successful Utah Uber accident claim or Lyft claim can help you recover damages for your injuries.
Utah Uber Accident Claim – Should You File One?
If you ask an attorney, they will tell you that auto accident claims are complicated. However, rideshare accident claims are often more complicated. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may have reason to file a claim. Common reasons include:
1. The driver was speeding.
If the Uber or Lyft driver was speeding and it led to the accident, it could be worthwhile to file a claim. Speeding is illegal and is a common cause of accidents. You expected the driver to do their best to transport you safely. They should not have been speeding.
2. The driver was distracted.
Distracted driving is a major contributor to auto accidents in Utah. A court might consider any of the following distracted driving:
- Voice to text
- Talking on the phone
- Eating and driving
- Looking back to engage you in conversation
If the driver was engaging in any of these behaviors and it resulted in the accident, you could have a potential claim. Texting while driving is illegal in Utah and evidence shows that voice to text is also distracting.
3. The driver was intoxicated or under the influence.
Uber and Lyft – and Utah law – requires drivers to drive sober for their safety and the safety of their passengers. If you noticed that your driver seemed intoxicated, such as if they were slurring their speech or smelled of alcohol, that intoxication could have contributed to the accident.
If your driver was intoxicated and it led to the accident, you should seriously consider speaking to a Utah personal injury attorney. A lawyer can advise you on whether you should file a lawsuit or not.
4. You sustained serious injuries.
If you sustained serious injuries and you believe negligence contributed, you should always consider legal action. Your injuries may negatively affect you for years or even a lifetime. For example, they could make it impossible to work like you once did. In situations like this, a successful lawsuit could give you much-needed financial resources for yourself and your family.
Injured in a Uber or Lyft Accident? Contact Us
Every accident is different. The details are very important because they dictate whether legal action is likely to be successful. That is why we encourage you to contact us and tell us your story. Then, we can give you specific advice for your situation.
Please call Carlson Injury at (801) 845-4577 or fill out our secure online contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible.