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Starkville Rideshare Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, you may have legal options available for you. Contact our Starkville rideshare accident lawyers at Mama Justice today.

Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of Uber and Lyft here in Starkville, Mississippi. These vehicles can quickly and conveniently transport passengers from one place to the next at an affordable rate. Whether you are traveling to school, visiting a local theater, or heading to work, both Uber and Lyft allow you to request transportation at the click of an app.

Rideshare vehicles have even made a positive impact on decreasing the number of vehicles involved in drunk driver accidents we see in Mississippi and across the entire country. Although there are many advantages that come with using ridesharing services, we have seen an unfortunate increase in the number of rideshare accidents that take place in our state.

When victims are harmed in rideshare collisions, it is all too common for insurance companies to fight victims and deny them the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. For this reason, it is imperative that you contact a Starkville car accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Our Starkville rideshare accident attorneys at Mama Justice have decades of combined experience helping victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being harmed in accidents. If you were injured in a ridesharing accident in the Starkville area, contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with our team.

What is Ridesharing?

Ridesharing services operate in a manner that is similar to taxi services. However, unlike taxicab drivers, drivers who work for Uber and Lyft do so as independent contractors. These people are not direct employees of the rideshare company. Instead, they are contracted to provide transportation services as a self-employed driver.

In order to be considered for a driving position with Uber or Lyft, drivers must meet specific criteria. This includes:

  • Having a valid driver’s license
  • Have at least one year of experience operating a vehicle as a licensed motorist (Uber requires at least three years of experience if they are under the age of 23-years-old)
  • Meet the minimum age requirements for the rideshare company (Lyft drivers must be 21-years-old)
  • Provide proof of valid auto insurance for the car that will be used to transport passengers
  • Have a valid inspection of the rideshare car or truck at all times
  • Have a clean driving history
  • Pass a safety screening

Drivers who choose to provide transportation services through Uber and Lyft must have a four-door vehicle that is in good operating condition. The vehicle must be less than 15-years-old.

Types of Accidents Involving Rideshare Vehicles

Every year, thousands of rideshare accidents take place across the United States. These accidents often result in serious injuries for those involved. There are several types of car accidents that can take place involving rideshare vehicles. These include:

Head-On Collision

This type of accident involves two vehicles colliding in a front-to-front manner. Head-on crashes often result in severe injuries. In many instances, victims become trapped in their vehicles and have to be extricated by firefighters or paramedics.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

There are many instances where people are involved in car accidents involving commercial vehicles. If you are harmed in a rideshare accident with a school bus, a semi-truck, or another commercial vehicle, the chances of suffering severe and life-altering injuries are greatly increased.

Rear-End Collision

Rear-end crashes often involve some form of distraction. When drivers are sending a text message, talking on the phone, or engaging in other distracting behaviors, they take their attention off the road ahead. This results in vehicles crashing into the rear-end of others.

Sideswipe Crash

This type of accident takes place when the side of one vehicle connects with the side of a second vehicle. These crashes typically involve drivers who drift into other lanes and strike other cars and trucks traveling nearby.

T-Bone Accident

These crashes commonly occur at intersections. A t-bone crash occurs when the front end of a vehicle crashes into the side of a second vehicle. T-bone crashes, also referred to as broadside collisions, can result in significant injuries and damages.