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When an Uber Driver Daydreams or Becomes Distracted

The driving service of an Uber has increased in popularity over recent years. Many people choose to take an Uber ride when their car is in the shop, they need a quick transport from the office to a meeting, or after a night out of having a great time with friends. Calling for an Uber ride has become viewed as a safe backup plan. Unfortunately, an Uber driver is just as likely as any other person to become bored, daydream or even distracted while behind the wheel. As a rider, it is important to be aware of this potential risky behavior and leave the vehicle if your driver is operating the car unsafely.

In this article, we have provided information about Uber rides in a question and answer format.


How should a person respond if their Uber driver is involved in an accident?

You should respond in the same way as if you were part of any other car accident. Consider taking the following steps if you ever find yourself in such a situation:

  1. Call 9-1-1 so the incident can be documented and handled by police.
  2. Ask the officer to include you in the incident report, by taking down your statement of what happened.
  3. Exchange information with the Uber driver, including name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company, license plate number and vehicle type.
  4. Get medical attention if you have suffered injuries due to the impact. Do not hesitate to request an ambulance if there are immediate aches, pains, soreness, disorientation or any other symptoms.
  5. Contact your insurance company to report the Uber accident and that you were injured.
  6. Consult with a car accident lawyer Lakeland, FL residents trust about your legal options, particularly if your injuries extend past what first aid kits can provide.

Why do Uber accidents happen?

Just like any other driver, an Uber driver may daydream, be distracted by the radio or on their cell phone. An Uber driver must uphold their duty of getting their customer to and from a destination as safely as possible. Despite this being a business transaction, an Uber driver may become too comfortable and think he or she can get away with texting or making a phone call. If your driver is not operating the vehicle safely, you can ask to stop sooner and get out promptly. Do not risk your health and safety when it comes to risky driving behavior.

Do victims of an Uber accident ever sue their driver for injuries?

Yes, some people decide to file a lawsuit against the driver if he or she was at-fault for the car accident happening. Consulting with an attorney can give someone a better idea about their options and how to go about filing a lawsuit. An attorney can also provide legal advice, guidance and representation during this process. Serious injuries often accompany a car accident. A person may suffer from broken bones, a brain injury, deep cuts, spinal cord damage, skull fractures and more. The cost for diagnostics and treatment for such bodily damages can add up rapidly. Through a lawsuit, a person can seek financial compensation for these costs.



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