Drivers who are employed by Uber and Lyft may spend many, many hours behind the wheel. Research has shown that fatigued driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers are less able to focus and take longer to respond to changing conditions, which can cause a crash.

Alcohol Impairment 

While passengers reasonably assume that their driver will be sober while conducting his job, this might not always be the case. In 2017, Uber was fined for failing to appropriately respond to reports from passengers that a number of their drivers were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Obviously, the dangers of drunk driving are well documented, and people are injured and killed every day because of it.

Time of Day 

Many rideshare users utilize these services during nighttime hours. This increases the risk of a drowsy driver, and it could impact a driver’s visibility.

If You’ve Been in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Myrtle Beach

No matter what caused your Uber or Lyft accident, if your driver was behaving carelessly, you may be eligible to file a legal claim. Rideshare accident claims can be complicated, as identifying the at-fault party can be difficult. It’s not always clear if the driver’s personal auto insurance will provide compensation for your injuries or Uber or Lyft. The answer likely depends on the nature of your injuries and the amount of insurance carried by the driver. In either case, accident victims have a right to medical care and wage loss compensation in South Carolina.


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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.