Rideshare & Rear-End Collisions — What You Should Know About Uber-Related Crashes

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With millions of monthly active users, Uber and Lyft are some of the most popular transportation apps in the “sharing economy.” While countless passengers have a pleasant experience using these ride-hailing platforms, that doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen. Indeed, as more people sign up to become Uber or Lyft contractors, rideshare-related crashes will become more commonplace. 

Although every car injury case is different, the basics of handling an Uber-related collision are relatively straightforward. Let’s break down exactly what you need to know in the event you’re injured in a “rideshare rear-end.” 

Safety First! Treat an Uber Crash Like Any Other Collision

At the scene of the accident, you should treat a rideshare-related crash like any other car accident. First and foremost, double-check that everyone involved in this collision is safe. If you need medical assistance, call 911 immediately. If not, be sure to alert the local police and await their arrival.

If possible, you should exchange driver’s licenses and insurance information with everyone in the crash. It would help if you also took pictures of any injuries or damage after the collision. It would also be helpful to gather contact info from people who witnessed your crash. Once the police complete their official investigation, be sure to get the officer’s badge number and a copy of the police report. Also, be aware that many Uber drivers have dash-cams on their vehicles. 

The more info you could gather after the crash, the easier time you’ll have of proving your case down the line. This strategy is crucial to keep in mind even if an Uber driver didn’t strike you. 

How Much Does Uber Cover: Understanding the Basics of Uber’s “Period System”

As with any other car crash, you need to prove two things to win a case successfully: damages and liability. What makes charging a rideshare driver extra tricky is that they may have been working for Uber when the collision took place. While the initial claim is against the Uber driver’s personal auto insurance, some complications can lead to a claim again Uber itself.

To handle this complex situation, both rideshare giants offer insurance policies to independent contractors, passengers, and anyone else involved in a crash. However, the amount of money claimants can receive depends on what “period” the accident took place.

You see, Uber and Lyft provide different dollar amounts depending on when the crash happened. Here’s a basic understanding of the “three periods” system:

• Period 1: At this time, the driver logged into the Uber app and is waiting for a ride. If an accident happens during this period, Uber will pay as much as $50,000 for bodily injury per person and a total injury liability of $100,000 per accident. Uber also offers $25,000 for any property damage in each crash. 

• Period 2: This is when a driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to a passenger. During this timeframe, Uber ups the third-party liability claim to at least $1 million. Drivers also enjoy coverage for uninsured and underinsured bodily injury and collision coverage with a $2,500 deductible. 

• Period 3: The final period lasts from the moment a passenger gets into an Uber till the moment they get out at their destination. All of the coverage during Period 2 applies during Period 3. 

Who Should You Call After an Uber Crash?

While you could speak with any car accident lawyer after a crash, it’s better to call a rideshare law office that specifically handles rideshare accidents. Since Uber or Lyft often gets involved in these cases, it can be challenging to fully understand the compensation you’re entitled to. Only lawyers who focus on the ever-changing policies in rideshare law could help you fully understand what you deserve. 

June 8, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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5 Common Causes of Car Accidents in Michigan

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There were 985 fatal car accidents in 2019, out of a total of 312k crashes, which is a slight increase from the previous year. The stats showed that alcohol-related accidents fell, as did teen fatalities and accidents involving commercial vehicles. Sadly, pedestrian fatalities increased by 3%.

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These figures show you can’t be complacent when traveling in a vehicle or crossing the road in Michigan. Accidents happen for many reasons, and we are going to examine the main causes below. Remember, if the worst does happen, it’s important to contact a car accident law firm for assistance.

Driving Too Fast

Driving at excessive speeds is a factor in many car accidents, and not just in Michigan. In fact, speeding was a primary factor in a quarter of all car crashes in 2016, with 1.96% of these incidents resulting in a fatality and 10.63% causing suspected serious injuries.

Drug Driving

Driving while impaired is another common reason for car accidents. If the driver is high on drugs, their reaction times will be significantly slower. They are also more likely to take risks on the road. Whether you are driving in Michigan or anywhere else, never drive while under the influence of drugs. It is too dangerous. Even if you feel fine, having a detectable amount of an illegal substance in your body means you could be indicted and imprisoned for life if someone was killed.

Fatigue

Fatigue is often a factor in car accidents. Driving home at the end of a long shift at work, driving if you have a sleep disorder, and even driving when you have a baby waking you up multiple times a night is risky. If you are excessively tired, your reaction times will be slower than normal, and you could accidentally fall asleep behind the wheel. The problem you face when driving while fatigued is that you injure or kill a third party, which could see you charged with criminal negligence. 

Malfunctioning Vehicles

Defects and malfunctioning cars are another cause of accidents in Michigan. It’s important that you carry out routine maintenance and have issues fixed immediately. Malfunctioning brakes and seatbelts that don’t work could potentially lead to a fatal accident.

Deer Collisions

There were 55,531 collisions involving deer in Michigan during 2019, with Oakland one of the worst counties for deer-related car accidents. The problem with deer is that they are large animals. Whereas hitting a small animal might cause some damage, colliding with an adult deer is likely to cause significant damage to it and you. 80% of deer accidents occur between dusk and dawn, with fall the worst season. Be vigilant if you are driving in rural Michigan and if the worst does happen, call the police immediately. If you decide to keep the deer so you can fill your freezer with venison, remember to ask the officer for a highway deer kill permit.

Other common causes of car accidents in Michigan include bad weather, bad driving, and distracted driving, which typically involves texting, making phone calls, and switching channels on the radio.

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Actionable Tips For Finding The Best PPC Agency

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PPC, an acronym for Pay-Per-Click Advertisement, has taken the world of digital marketing by storm. From the good old day of David Ogilvy to this day, many things have changed in the world of advertising. Smart marketers who also want to stay one step ahead of their competitors rely on digital channels to bring the sales they want. Google PPC ads are the most revered advertising model in the industry because they can result in outstanding results in no time. Do you want to know how you can choose the best PPC agency for your business? Keep reading this article!

1.    Prioritize The Knowledge

Weighing the knowledge is the most important thing to do when looking for a google advertising agency. You can set up your account and run ads on Google, but the point is that common people don’t have the right knowledge to manage Google Ad campaigns. Good PPC agencies prioritize showing their certifications and the skilled people they have. Instead of bragging about the “Hypothetical” results, they convince their clients by showing their knowledge first. One of the most important certifications is to check whether they’re certified from Google or not.

2.    Look For Transparency

Allowing someone to handle your Ad operation is not a careless thing. You have to be sure that the people you are working with respect the privacy of their clients. Your data and your business methods should be safe in their hands. Their AdSense manager should be open about showing how much progress they’ve made with the campaigns. An agency should always be open about showing their clients how they are working and changing the campaign based on the results. Another thing to look for is checking whether they are willing to share the work plan with you before starting or not.

3.    Your Link With The Team

If you have knowledge about marketing campaigns and have run ads yourself in the past, you might know about changing or updating the campaigns based on the results. That’s why you should always call away from the team managing your ad campaigns. It’s even better if you have access to the AdWords dashboard. This is important because you’ll find yourself in a hurry to make changes at the last minute in your Google Ads on many occasions. It wouldn’t be right to wait for hours before you can get in touch with the team managing your ads, right?

4.    Niche Experience

Lets’ face it; running ads on Google is not all about checking the technical details and setting up the payment options. Google Ads are about shaping the experience for the people looking at your ads. If your Google Ads are stale and provide no value for the prospects, they will never be willing to click on your ads. Therefore, it’s better to work with an agency working with clients in your industry. They will already know about the prospects in your target industry, and it will be quicker to get the results you want.

May 28, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

May 17, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

May 10, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

May 3, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

April 12, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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