The rise in the popularity of car sharing apps has caused substantial risks for riders. While most car sharing companies, like Uber, now provide large insurance policies to provide compensation for victims injured while using a ride sharing service, the fact remains that the injuries people are experiencing in ride-sharing cars can change lives in profound ways.
Unfortunately, those who use ride sharing apps face lots of different kinds of risks exacerbating their chances of accidents. Drivers may have limited training who drive for these services, and these drivers may be distracted by the use of their phones to communicate with the car sharing company. The drivers may also be working multiple shifts for different car-sharing companies, increasing the risk of driver fatigue.
Added to all of these sources of danger is another concern which was reported on recently by WCSH. The problem is that many of the vehicles which are used for ride sharing have open recalls.
When a car has a defect, passengers inside of that car could be badly hurt or even killed. If this happens, it is important to consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer. An attorney can help to determine if the best course of action is to sue a driver, or to sue the manufacturer of the vehicle for the problems with the car.
Defects in Ride Share Cars Causing Atlanta Car Accident Risks
According to the report from WCHS, a substantial number of vehicles which are used by people in the ride sharing business have not been repaired despite “federally-mandated safety recall work” which is supposed to be performed. Cars.com partnered with local investigative journalists to conduct a review of how may Uber and Lyft cars have active, un-repaired recalls. The data showed as many as one in three vehicles hadn’t been repaired.
Many of the repairs were long overdue, with some recalls issued five or more years ago. Some of the examples of cars which were still being used by ride-share drivers and which had not been repaired included vehicles with Toyota accelerator issues, and vehicles with Takata airbag inflator problems.
There have been a huge number of recalls in recent years, with more than 102 million vehicles impacted by a recall between 2014 and 2015, so it is not surprising that there are a lot of un-repaired recalled cars on the road. Drivers who driver for car sharing services depend upon their vehicles for their livelihood, so they may even be less likely than the average person to go and get their car fixed and have the vehicle out of commission.
What is surprising is that there are few or no rules which would force drivers to get repairs made before transporting passengers. In most major cities, there are not any restrictions or regulations that mandate cars used for ride sharing have recalls performed in a timely manner. Neither Uber nor Lyft have a rule in place requiring recall repair work be completed before a car can be used to transport passengers. In fact, the companies even went to court to try to block the release of a public database of vehicle VIN numbers of cars being used for Uber and Lyft which would allow for a check on whether those cars had been subject to recall.
Passengers are the ones endangered by this, and they need to understand their rights if an accident happens.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.