Distracted Uber Drivers Are a Danger on New Jersey Roads

Blog,Ridesharing • December 16, 2020

Are you one of the thousands of New Jersey residents who use Uber and Lyft as a faster, safer, and more convenient way to get around? Well, you have probably noticed that many of these drivers have a terrible sense of direction and are constantly looking at their phones to get where they are going. 

As a frequent Uber or Lyft passenger, it may be unsettling that neither company has implemented a strict policy that requires all drivers to use a dashboard mount to place their phone in an area where it can be viewed easily without taking their eyes off the road. That means that many rideshare drivers are out on the roads using their cell phones without a hands-free device.

Distracted Drivers Cause Serious New Jersey Car Accidents

Distracted Uber Drivers Are a Danger on New Jersey RoadsDistracted driving is a serious issue across the country. Many of these collisions lead to severe bodily injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in a New Jersey car crash due to the careless or reckless driving of an Uber or Lyft driver, or the accident was caused by another driver while you were the passenger of a rideshare vehicle, Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC can help you pursue a claim for compensation. Our law firm has handled many cases involving Uber and Lyft vehicles due to the distracted and negligent drivers traveling on the roads. 

Am I Protected In the Event of a Rideshare Accident?

If you decide to use Uber, Lyft, or some other transportation network company to get around, you may be covered by the one million dollar insurance policy limits for these companies. If you are the passenger in an Uber of Lyft Vehicle and your driver causes a serious injury accident, you will have $1,000,000 in bodily injury coverage available to cover your damages. 

However, if you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle and another driver causes the accident, you will have $1,000,000 in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage available to protect you if you are injured. Essentially, if you are a passenger with Uber or Lyft and are engaged in a purchased ride, you are covered for any accident or injury that may result from a collision. 

Contact a New Jersey rideshare lawyer today.