Things To Know About Fatigued Driving And Uber
Approximately 100,000 reported accidents are directly linked to fatigue each year. Most drivers are guilty of driving drowsy or tired at one time, or another. Maybe they didn't get enough sleep the night before, or long and extended driving has taken place. Regardless of what the reasons are, avoiding fatigued driving is essential to keeping everyone on the road safe. Unfortunately, we can not predict the actions of others, so all we can do is watch for the signs, such as swerving in and out of lanes of traffic, report them to the proper authorities, and attempt to avoid them as much as humanly possible.
What if it is more than merely fatigued driving? Swerving, weaving, and other symptoms present themselves with drunken driving as well, so not reporting it could leave a very unsafe situation on the road, but that is an entirely different conversation. Property-carrying drivers can drive for a maximum of 11 hours and work a maximum of 14 total hours in a day, and passenger-carrying drivers are limited to 10 hours max after being off-duty for 8 hours. However, the question is, do these restrictions pertain to Uber drivers?
Independent Contractor Status
Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, so many of the same regulations that others in the industry must abide by, do not concern them. The company's app does not have a limit on the number of hours that the drivers can drive consecutively and it has been discovered that many of these contractors are working dangerously long shifts. However, they are doing so in an effort just to support themselves and their families. With the status that they have, these drivers do not receive healthcare, sick days, and many other perks that we have grown accustomed to, and they also must maintain insurance and vehicle maintenance.
In other words, they are just like everybody else in the world. They work long hours, often for minimum pay and little reward. Should the restriction apply to drivers in these situations? There have been other reports of Uber limiting operators to 100 hours per week, but considering no one knows when fares will come in, those times could cause sleep patterns to become irradicate. Perhaps the roads would be a little safer if some restrictions went into place, but until that happens, we must remain vigilant in our quest to stay injury-free.
Fatigued Driving Is Dangerous For More Than Just Those Drivers
Pedestrians, animals, another vehicle operator, and the list goes on and on, as to those that could have their way of life affected by a fatigued driver. All it takes is one moment of nodding off, the blink of an eye, or another distraction for a disaster to strike. Severe injuries can happen from being hit by a car, and in many cases even loss of life is possible. What about passengers riding in the car, with a drowsy driver?
Have you become injured by a negligent act of another person, or organization? You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you answered yes to the question. If a person fell asleep behind the wheel, resulting in a crash, and you became injured, feel free to contact our office for a free case review. We will discuss your possible legal options with you thoroughly, and together, we can form a winning plan to get you the compensation that you deserve, while allowing you to concentrate on your recovery.