A rideshare accident lawyer is someone we hope you will never need, but we understand why we’re needed. When Transportation Network Service drivers like those for Uber and Lyft that offer ridesharing services are involved in a collision there are usually three or more entities involved in the claim which amounts to a lot of phone calls and hair-pulling levels of frustration. If there is an injury as a result of a vehicle collision with a rideshare driver as a passenger, driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, then the stakes are even higher due to medical costs and lost wages during recovery. A catastrophic injury or loss of life from a rideshare accident is the worst-case scenario for someone to have to face and no one should face this alone. And with the increase in rideshare use, injuries and fatalities are an unfortunate reality.
There’s no doubt rideshare services are rapidly increasing in popularity. The California Mid-State Fair is held near our office in Paso Robles (we can even hear the concerts from our office!) and in recent years the site relocated the free shuttle services to make room for rideshare pick-ups and drop-offs directly in front of the venue. Local residents who charge patrons to park in their yard even dropped prices this year, too. The convenience of ridesharing is undeniable. But at what cost?
On July 8, 2019, Rahman Law PC filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client, a cyclist, against Uber after Uber failed to take responsibility for a May 23, 2018 accident in which an Uber driver veered across several lanes of traffic on Market Street in San Francisco, running a bicyclist off the road and into a light pole. The reckless behavior of the Uber driver was caught on video by witnesses.
Since its inception, UBER has walked a fine line between
maintaining they are just a tech company, not a livery service like taxis, and
promoting how “safe” it is to use UBER.
Their website now sports a dedicated tab called “Safety” where they
proudly tout their commitment to safety, all the while cleverly sidestepping
the issues of how they ensure their drivers engage in safe driving practices
and what, if anything, UBER does to even evaluate whether the influx of UBER
drivers adversely affects the safety of vulnerable users of roads like
pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled or the elderly. UBER’s answer to safety appears to be a new
addition to the UBER app called “Ride Check” which is supposed to be used by
riders and drivers in the event of a crash.
Sadly, UBER guards the information collected by this feature more
fiercely than a momma bear guards her cubs, to make it almost impossible for
accurate statistics to be generated on how many rides end up in crashes.
In California, UBER’s purported safety conscious image has
been inadvertently protected by state agencies tasked with collecting crash
data. Vehicle injury and fatality
accident statistics are, in large part, gathered from the California Highway
Patrol database, which obtains information from local police reports. CHP then organizes this data so that items
like how many injuries or fatalities occur within a city during a specific
period of time, and the cause of the collision (a vehicle code violation) can
be tallied. Since there is no formal
method for an investigating police officer to indicate that a transportation
network provider like UBER or Lyft was involved in a collision, statewide
collision statistics cannot be compiled.
Further compounding this problem is that as a private corporation, no
one has required UBER make such information available to the appropriate
government agency or the public.
But the secrecy doesn’t end with the crash. Once someone injured by an UBER driver seeks
lawful compensation for their injuries from UBER, UBER then forces the injured
party to enter into a settlement contract that contains confidentiality clauses,
essentially gag orders, as a condition of compensating the injured person for
the negligent acts of their drivers.
Summer is here and with the extra hours of sunshine comes
the heat! In San Francisco, a “hot” day
might be in the 80s, but this year it’s already been hotter than usual and at
our Paso Robles office and in other scenic riding locations on the Central Coast,
temperatures can easily surpass 100 degrees.
If you plan to go out in the heat for cycling or other activities, read
on for some of our favorite tips to combat the hot weather.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 2, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rahman Law PC announces the eleventh year of the law firm’s principal and founder, Shaana A. Rahman, a personal injury attorney in San Francisco and Paso Robles, has been selected by Super Lawyers® for a spot on their coveted lists.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 2, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — San Francisco Personal Injury Attorneys, Rahman Law PC, are pleased to announce their repeat sponsorship of Walk San Francisco’s annual Walk to Work Day. The event will take place Wednesday, April 10, 2019 between 7:30 a.m.
Most cyclist fatalities in urban and rural areas occur in 45
mph zones (link to other blog on fatalities); however, the likelihood of
sustaining a survivable injury as a pedestrian or cyclist in a 45 mph zone is
not the same.
What is the same is
the speed limit where the most injuries occur: 25 mph.
WalkFirst is part of the Vision Zero program targeting ways to reengineer the City of San Francisco to reduce personal injuries to pedestrians from vehicle collisions. 170 locations have been identified as the highest priorities and they are being corrected over the next five years.