Rideshare driving is distracted driving. Don’t get us wrong; we know that many drivers can stay safe when behind the wheel, but distractions are almost part of the job for rideshare drivers. Part of a rideshare driver’s job requires them to look for passengers, use their cellphones, and focus on things other than driving.
Here are some of the common forms of distraction that arise in rideshare driving.
Cell Phone Use
Rideshare drivers turn their app on to become active on the ridesharing app. Unfortunately, the cellphone is a necessary element for rideshare drivers. It’s crucial to understand how cell phones cause distractions for rideshare drivers and can be the root cause of a crash.
- Drivers receive a notification that they have a new fare. The notification can cause the driver to lose focus on the road. They look away from the road to see what the notification is and then take a hand off the steering wheel to accept or deny the fare.
- They focus on their cellphone to utilize GPS so that they know where they are going.
It’s easy to see how just one decision can cause potential harm.
Scanning for Passengers
Another distraction that can arise is when rideshare drivers look for their passengers and destination. They look away from the road and towards sidewalks and addresses. It’s often during this time that drivers become significantly dangerous and may crash into others.
Drivers must pay close attention to what they are doing, especially when they have someone else in their vehicle.
At Burnetti, P.A., we work to help injured parties seek compensation for the damages they sustain. Our Florida rideshare accident attorneys are here to help you through the challenging situations you encounter. Trust that we’ll be your partners every step of the way and pursue the most favorable outcome on your behalf.