Unlike the palm-lined streets and blue waters people typically think of when they envision Florida, Tallahassee is a city that exudes what it means to be “Old Florida.” From the plantation homes and buildings to the oak and moss streamed roads, Tallahassee is “Southern” in a nutshell. But Tallahassee has more than that. From Florida State football to State Capitol buildings, students, professionals, politicians, and residents call this big city home.
However, with such a populous city and so many attractions, residents and visitors have taken to ridesharing as a convenient and cost-effective way to get around town. Unfortunately, Tallahassee is also a hot spot for congested traffic and auto accidents. In fact, in 2021 the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 6,604 traffic accidents with more than 3,800 resulting in injuries.
Ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft have gained much popularity in the past years, and has in part transformed the way we travel. More and more people are utilizing these services for their convenience and the accessibility they offer in getting around town. However, as careful as these rideshare drivers may be, anytime we get into any vehicle, there’s always a chance for accidents to happen.
Some of the common causes of accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Hazardous weather and road conditions
- Impaired driving
- Fatigued driving
Should you find yourself in an accident, here are some things you should do:
- Stay calm. Check yourself for injuries, and for the well-being of other passengers.
- Move yourself and vehicles to safety, if possible.
- Call 911 and/or the police.
- Document and take photographs of the scene. Note traffic signs, road conditions, weather, etc.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s) and contact your insurance provider.
- Seek the help and advice of a trusted accident attorney.
At Hale Law, we approach each case with the upmost courage, empathy and honesty to hold accountable parties responsible so you can get the care you deserve and get back on your feet. Insurance companies have one goal in mind when it comes to car accidents – ensure their drivers are safe and to reduce their costs in any way possible. Large insurance firms frequently take advantage of customers by making unfair offers, delaying claims, and refusing to provide fair and prompt reimbursement in other ways. That means that you may not always get the compensation you deserve. Whether for you or your loved one, you have the right to fight and be heard and you need a legal team that takes your health and your claim seriously.
We know that safety on our streets and intersections largely depends on driver behavior and choices, but with more drivers on the road, there’s also the increased chance of accidents. While ridesharing is common practice now, auto accidents shouldn’t be.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver working for Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, it is important that you take legal action right away after your crash to protect your rights. We are committed to getting you the highest recovery after being injured in a rideshare car accident: Call 941-735-4529.