What are the common causes of rideshare accidents?

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have transformed the way we travel. However, as their popularity has surged, so have accidents involving these services. Understanding the common causes of rideshare accidents can help prevent them and clarify who may be responsible if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in one.  

Distracted Driving

One of the most common causes of all auto accidents, distracted driving, tops the list for rideshare accidents too. Distractions can arise from:

  • Using the rideshare app while driving.
  • Paying attention to the GPS navigation.
  • Interacting with passengers or dealing with rowdy passengers.


Rideshare drivers often work long hours or drive late late-night to earn more, resulting in fatigue. Tired drivers can have slower reaction times, impaired judgment, and a higher likelihood of causing accidents.

Inadequate Vehicle Maintenance

Rideshare drivers are responsible for the maintenance of their own vehicles. In some cases, drivers may neglect regular maintenance, leading to potential mechanical failures that can cause accidents.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Rideshare Drivers under pressure to complete as many rides as possible may resort to speeding or reckless driving, both of which increase the risk of accidents.

Inexperience and Unfamiliarity with the Area

Rideshare drivers don’t necessarily need to know their city like a taxi driver does. They rely heavily on GPS, which can lead to problems if the GPS is incorrect or sends them on a dangerous route. Furthermore, inexperience with handling difficult driving situations can also lead to accidents.

Lack of Professional Training

Unlike professional bus and taxi drivers, rideshare drivers don’t need any special licenses or professional driving training. This lack of training may contribute to accidents.

Legal Help is Crucial

Keep in mind, there are many great Uber and Lyft drivers out there. It isn’t always the rideshare driver’s fault! Negligent drivers are all over the roadways. If you’ve been in an accident involving a rideshare service, it’s important to understand your rights and the legal options available to you. Call The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378 and let our experienced attorneys guide you through the process.

Don’t forget, you can also visit us by appointment at one of our Florida Law Offices, Minnesota Law Offices, or Georgia Law Offices.

Please note that the answers to each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case. It is always beneficial to consult with an attorney to get information that is precise and specific to your circumstances. Remember, this is general information and not legal advice.