Are ride share drivers more likely to be driving while fatigued here in Kentucky? It is no secret that many ride share drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft have regular jobs and are working to bring in extra income. This results in extended periods of focus and attention and in many cases reduced sleep.
Fatigued driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents across Kentucky. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently noted more than 328,000 motor vehicle accidents each year across the nation involve a fatigued driver. These accidents result in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year and thousands of wrongful deaths.
While both Lyft and Uber require their drivers to take breaks based upon specific hours of operation, this does not reflect the amount of hours they may have already worked at another job that day. These facts mean ride share drivers more likely to be driving while fatigued than many other drivers with whom we share the road.
Tired and sleepy drivers are not able to devote their full attention and skill to the situations which surround them. Fatigued drivers pose a significant risk to all other drivers on the road. Many studies have compared fatigued driving to the effects after a few alcoholic drinks.
Uber and Lyft drivers are required to carry extensive insurance, and the companies themselves have umbrella policies to cover injuries and wrongful deaths which result from a ride share driver.
Since 1924, the attorneys at Hargadon, Lenihan & Herrington PLLC have represented those who suffer injury or lose their lives due to the negligence of another person. If you or someone you love is injured or loses their life during an Uber, Lyft or other ride share we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call (866) 583-9701 for a free consultation.