There is no question that Uber has significantly made inner-city transport a lot more convenient. However, one cannot ignore the other side of the coin, especially since it often puts a lot of people in danger.
Car accidents involving Uber often generate a lot of press, mostly thanks to the company’s notoriety. But there is one aspect of being an Uber driver that truly puts everyone at risk, and that, unfortunately, cannot be solved without some input from the state and government: driver drowsiness.
What Is Drowsy Driving?
Drowsy drowning essentially means getting behind the wheel when you’re too tired to reasonably stay safe while driving. The Sleep Foundation reports that around 7 million people admitted to dozing off while behind the wheel, even multiple times in the same week.
Drowsy driving can be caused by a variety of issues:
- Health conditions
- Medications that induce drowsiness
- Insomnia, or not getting enough sleep on occasion
What’s Does Uber Have to Do with It?
For those who drive commercially, the issue is even more severe. People who work on buses, trucks, taxis or other types of drivers typically abide by safety regulations that indicated how long a driving shift can be, and when to take a break to properly rest.
However, for Uber drivers, no such rules exist. Uber works on a different business model than taxis. Drivers here are collaborators who are free to work anytime they want and for how long. As a result, some Uber drivers can only be active on the weekends, while others could only accept a ride from time to time. And others can push themselves too much in hopes of making more money.
As a result, some people may essentially exhaust themselves and work for too long, to the point where they can no longer truly be in control of the vehicle. This, of course, puts everyone on the road in danger: passengers, other drivers, and even pedestrians.
Is the Company Doing Something about It?
Uber has announced back in 2018 it was introducing a 12-hour limit on using the app by Uber drivers, and imposing a 6-hour rest period until the app can be used again.
While it’s certainly a move in the right direction, it’s not a foolproof solution. For one thing, Uber drivers could potentially sign up for other ride-sharing services and switch to it once they hit the 12-hour limit. Additionally, there is also the notion that 12 hours may still be too long of a shift, and drivers can still experience drowsiness.
What Can You Do?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident with a drowsy Uber driver, you have a right to file a claim and request compensation. Contact a St. Louis Uber accident lawyer as soon as you can to help you file the insurance claim and demand compensation for pain and suffering.
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