The development of ride-sharing apps in Texas has been nothing short of explosive and pretty much everyone is aware of what an Uber or Lyft is. While these innovative options for getting from place to place have benefited many people, they also pose a unique set of risks to people who accept their use and rely on a ride-sharing app to get them to their destination.
With the explosive growth of ride-sharing companies in Texas such as Lyft and Uber, paying passengers assume a certain level of risk when they agree to travel with a driver they do not know. For one, they must rely on that person's level of responsibility and experience in following the rules of the road and getting them safely from one place to another.
A recent crash in the Fort Worth, Texas area disrupted the wedding plans of two music teachers who lost their lives as a result of the accident. Authorities deemed the cause to be driver fatigue.
For drivers regularly traveling San Antonio roads, steering clear of accidents is crucial. Unfortunately, many people these days operate their vehicles with numerous distractions, whether it’s having a conversation with a passenger or using a smartphone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates the many dangers of distracted driving and also offer insight on how these behaviors are being addressed by law enforcement.
It may be easy for many in San Antonio to assume car accidents to merely be the result of careless driving on the part of all involved. This could lead to the false sense of security that one need not worry about the potential of ever being involved in an accident themselves. Unfortunately, the truth is that no one can control the actions of another, and that even the most alert and defensive driver could find him or herself at the mercy of another's negligence or recklessness.
When collisions between semi-trucks and other vehicles occur in San Antonio, it may easy for many to automatically assign blame to the truck drivers involved. After all, theirs are the biggest vehicles involved, and typically, they are the ones most likely to walk away from such accidents unharmed (again, due to the size of their trucks). Yet what many do not fully appreciate is the amount of training these drivers go through in order to avoid accidents. Often such training causes them to be more aware of what is going on around them than other drivers. The notion that they are rarely injured in accidents may also be untrue.
Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft not only make it easier for people in San Antonio to get to where they need to be, but they also offer local residents the chance to make a few extra dollars on top of their regular jobs. Of course, working as a driver brings with it certain risks, the chief among those being an increased risk of being in a car accident due to the added time spent on the road. Uber does offer some insurance protection (depending on where a driver was in relation to transporting a fare), yet securing insurance reimbursement in a ride-share accident can often be a tricky proposition.
One of today's most notable advancements is that of Uber and Lyft services. With the click of just one button, passengers can safely arrive to their destinations, free from the hassle of busy subways and long and potentially dangerous walks home. With this luxury, however, comes the usual risks of travelling on the road. Many Texans have been in the unfortunate situation of an Uber accident, but are unsure of where to turn after such a incident occurs.
When car accidents happen in San Antonio, those involved in them are often left to deal with issues that go beyond recovering from injuries and repairing their vehicles. One such issue (that happens to be directly related to the two that were previously stated) is dealing with insurance providers. Given that Texas is currently not a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance, accident victims can typically rely on the liability insurance of the at-fault drivers to cover a portion of their expenses. Yet what happens when accidents occur involving Uber or Lyft drivers?
One surprise most people do not expect when driving on the Texas highways is a motor vehicle coming towards them, in the wrong direction. However, this wrong-way driving, while not necessarily a frequent occurrence, occurs with enough regularity to be of concern to the public.