West Palm Beach may seem like it’s only home to rich and famous, but along the palm-lined streets residents and visitors flock to the bustling neighborhoods and districts in search of some fun in the sun. Boasting a vibrant art and culture scene, sports, shopping and a beautiful Atlantic coastline, it’s no wonder people naturally want to come here – and ridesharing has become a quick and easy way to get around.
But not everything is all fun and games in West Palm Beach. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Palm Beach County reported a resounding 24, 857 traffic accidents in 2021, with more than half of those resulting in injuries. Interstate 95 and Okeechobee Boulevard are just two particularly accident-prone areas. And while ridesharing to all the excitement that West Palm Beach has to offer might be common, but auto accidents shouldn’t be.
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.
Here are some of the common causes of accidents:
- 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.