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Taxi And Ride-Share Accidents Archives

Ride-sharing services linked to higher accident fatalities

Many road safety advocates in Louisiana and around the country were supportive of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft when they were introduced in 2010. They reasoned that ride-sharing would reduce the number of vehicles on the road and allow people who consume alcohol to get home without placing other road users in danger, but a study released in 2018 by researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University suggests that applications like Uber and Lyft may actually be contributing to surging car accident fatality rates.

Staying safe when using a ride-sharing service

Many residents of Louisiana enjoy the convenience of ride-sharing services, such as Uber or Lyft. These companies allow riders to quickly and easily get places without having to worry about finding parking. While there are potential risks to using a ride-sharing service, there are several simple steps riders may follow to drastically reduce those issues.

Do rideshare services require background checks for drivers?

You expect rideshare companies to take all the proper precautions when hiring drivers. While it's true background checks are performed on drivers, many complain that these don't go far enough to establish a person's full history or fitness. CNN explains how popular rideshare services like Uber and Lyft conduct their background checks. 

Keeping kids safe in taxis and rideshare vehicles

If you need to travel in a taxi, Uber or Lyft in Louisiana and you have a child with you, you may be wondering what the laws are and how you transport them. Although there are specific laws that dictate you need to use the proper safety restraint in your own vehicle, the rules are less clear in other types of vehicles. If you are traveling with children, it is important to keep them safe even if it is inconvenient for you.

Who is liable: the taxi driver or the taxi company?

You may often hear jokes about taxi drivers operating their vehicles in a quasi-crazed fashion in order to squeeze as many fares as possible into a single shift. While such stories typically involve a slight degree of exaggeration, taxi drivers in New Orleans may drive aggressively to accommodate the demands of business. While you might appreciate that when waiting for a cab, the same may not be said if you are a passenger. If such aggressive driving results in an accident, you may be wondering who is liable: The driver or the taxi company? 

Protecting yourself as a rideshare driver

As a rideshare driver on the busy roads of Louisiana, you face a unique set of inherent risks stemming from your need to drive assertively in response to constant traffic issues. With efficient travel, you are able to realize more profit with a higher number of fares, but your personal protection is also critical. At Bruno & Bruno Trial Lawyers, we understand the implications of ridesharing and have helped many drivers to navigate the complications of liability and fault in the event of an accident.

Insurance coverage and rideshare accidents

Uber and other rideshare services are becoming rather popular in Louisiana and other areas. With the increased use of these services has come the risk of you being involved in an accident. Rideshare accidents are special because of how these services are set up. When we see these accidents at Bruno & Bruno, we feel it is important to explain the complexities involved.

Your Uber driver may not have enough insurance

There are plenty of circumstances in New Orleans and Covington where you may be safer if you download a ride-share app and arrange for someone else to drive you rather than getting behind the wheel yourself. The companies that offer these services are responsible for ensuring that you are safe, and that includes adequate insurance coverage. The attorneys at Bruno & Bruno have worked with many car accident victims whose ongoing medical expenses have exceeded coverage limits.

Recovering from a taxi accident

Every day, taxi drivers and those who work for a ride-sharing company put the lives of others at risk. In New Orleans, and communities across Louisiana, taxi accidents take place for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes, these crashes are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while others are the result of speeding and the nature of a taxi driver's profession. At Bruno & Bruno, our law firm understands the multitude of challenges that victims of taxi accidents may encounter, from severe injuries to the loss of life and financial problems.