Rideshare Vehicles and the Busy Streets of Los Angeles

Rideshare Vehicles and the Busy Streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the busiest cities. Streets and highways face daily rush hour traffic and there are plenty of causes of auto accidents. When you add more vehicles into the fold from other cities with drivers who are trying to make money, you increase the potential problems.

Uber and Lyft are two companies that employ drivers to act as taxis and help people in various situations. However, when you consider the busy nightlife of Los Angeles—especially on weekends—flocks of drivers come to the same areas in hopes of getting more fares.

This can create crowded roads and the possibility of a crash occurring increases.

Crowded Roads and Unexpected Stops

The more crowded a road is, the more certain actions can be problematic. This is because many Uber and Lyft drivers are unfamiliar with the area in which they are working and may stop unexpectedly to pick up a passenger.

Drivers are often scanning the sidewalks for the person they’re supposed to pick up. This can lead to distracted driving.

More Vehicles, More Problems

Rush hour traffic in Los Angeles is already enough to cause countless drivers concern. When you factor in drivers from other cities coming to drive others around, it can be a problem that leads to negligence, which of course leads to serious collisions.

An article from last year discussed how Uber and Lyft vehicles were taking over urban streets in some of the nation’s most crowded cities. The study showed that from 2012 to 2016, there was a 9% increase in vehicle ownership (from 2,050,000 to 2,233,000) with just a 3% population increase. More people are taking over the roads and they present serious problems, including for buses and bicyclists.

Whenever an Uber or Lyft vehicle is involved in a serious accident, it can be difficult for the injured party to recognize what steps come next. Our team at Effres & Associates is here to help you understand your rights and options moving forward.

With our rideshare accident attorneys on your side, you can better understand what legal options you have and how you can pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Let us be your advocates from start to finish.

Call us today at (818) 222-9720.

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