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5 Common Causes of Car Accidents Involving Rideshare Drivers

 Posted on February 29,2024 in Car Accidents

Blog ImageRidesharing services have become a common method of transportation that is used by people in large cities, such as Chicago, suburban areas such as Will County, and many other locations. While these services offer convenience and accessibility, the ever-increasing number of rideshare vehicles on the road has led to an increase in car accidents involving rideshare drivers. 

People who are injured in these accidents, including rideshare passengers, drivers or passengers of other vehicles involved in collisions, or pedestrians who are struck by negligent rideshare drivers, may be uncertain about the causes of these accidents. They may be unsure about whether a company such as Uber or Lyft can be held responsible for the harm they have suffered. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can provide invaluable legal help to those affected by rideshare accidents, ensuring that they can navigate the legal complexities involved in recovering compensation for their damages.

There are many ways that rideshare drivers or other parties may act negligently and be responsible for car accidents, including:

Distracted Driving

Rideshare drivers often rely on their smartphones for navigation. When driving, they may regularly check apps for ride requests, or they may attempt to perform other activities, such as sending text messages. Use of a smartphone or a variety of other distractions can divert their attention from the road. These distractions can lead to:

  • Failure to observe traffic signals and signs

  • Not noticing pedestrians or cyclists

  • Inability to react timely to sudden traffic changes

Fatigue and Long Working Hours

Rideshare drivers often work long shifts. They may juggle between different platforms to maximize their earnings. This can lead to fatigue, which can significantly impair a driver’s decision-making and their ability to focus on driving tasks. Tired drivers are more susceptible to causing accidents due to:

  • Slower reaction times

  • A reduced ability to notice and respond to what is happening around their vehicles

  • Impaired judgment


Due to the pay-per-ride model of ridesharing, drivers may make an effort to complete as many trips as possible within a shift. This may lead some drivers to exceed speed limits or engage in aggressive driving behaviors in order to save time and accept more ride requests. Speeding increases the risk of accidents by:

  • Reducing the driver’s ability to avoid road hazards

  • Increasing the distance needed to stop the vehicle

  • Making it harder to control the vehicle

Lack of Driving Experience and Unfamiliarity With Certain Areas

Rideshare drivers may not be familiar with all the areas where they will be picking up and dropping off passengers. They may also lack experience driving. Because nearly anyone can become a driver for Lyft or Uber, they may not have sufficient training to ensure that they can navigate through traffic and transport passengers safely and efficiently. These issues can lead to unsafe behaviors that may cause accidents, including:

  • Improper lane changes and turns

  • Inefficient route planning, leading to sudden stops or detours

  • Increased reliance on navigation systems, which can lead to distracted driving

Inadequate Vehicle Maintenance

Rideshare vehicles are subject to significant wear and tear due to the high mileage accumulated. Since drivers own their own vehicles, they are responsible for performing regular maintenance and addressing any potential safety issues. When drivers neglect regular maintenance, this may lead to dangerous issues such as:

  • Brake failures

  • Tire blowouts

  • Malfunctioning headlights and signal lights

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Rideshare Accident?

People injured by negligent rideshare drivers will typically be eligible for insurance coverage. However, there can sometimes be confusion about whether a person is covered by the policies provided by Uber or Lyft or a driver’s personal insurance policy. In some cases, accident victims may struggle to receive the compensation they deserve. 

A Plainfield attorney with experience representing clients who have been injured in rideshare accidents can assist with insurance claims and pursue compensation from any other available sources. At Flaherty Law, LLC, we can negotiate settlements with insurance companies and take the proper legal measures to ensure that a person will receive compensation that will fully address their injuries and damages.

Contact a Plainfield Rideshare Accident Attorney

Navigating the aftermath of a rideshare accident can be complex and overwhelming. At Flaherty Law, LLC, our Will County Uber and Lyft accident lawyer can provide you with the guidance and support you need, ensuring that you will receive full and fair compensation for your injuries, vehicle repairs, or other damages. Call us today at 815-577-7500 for a free consultation.

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