Jainchill & Beckert, LLC

Tired driving can pose dangers for passengers

Those who use ridesharing services in Connecticut or elsewhere may not stop to consider that their drivers may be too tired to do their jobs safely. However, drowsy driving in the rideshare industry is a significant problem according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This is true despite attempts by Uber and Lyft to cut down on drowsy driving by instituting hours of service rules.

Uber drivers must log off the app for at least 6 hours for every 12 hours of driving time. Lyft requires a similar break after 14 hours of driving time. However, drivers may get around this rule by driving for multiple ridesharing companies. The National Transportation Safety Board listed reducing fatigued driving accidents as part of its 2017-2018 list of changes it wanted to see. However, the fact that rideshare drivers tend to be paid a relatively low wage may keep them on the road while tired.

Drivers may also not believe that they need to get as much sleep as professionals recommend. The rideshare industry tends to use contract workers, which means that drivers aren't likely to be screened for health problems such as sleep apnea. These and other conditions could make it more likely that a driver is drowsy while behind the wheel.

A tired or drowsy driver is generally considered to be a negligent driver. Therefore, victims of crashes caused by drowsy drivers might be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages. They may also be entitled to lost future earnings and other damages. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for damages, such as if a driver who caused an accident was driving an employer's vehicle or if a defective part played a role in the crash.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Our Awards and Accolades

    •  The National |Top 100 Trial Lawyers | Trial Lawyers
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy | NBTA | Established 1977
    • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
    • Certified
    • 10 Best 2015-2016 2 Years Client Satisfaction American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys TM
    • Reviews | out of 6 reviews | William Francis Beckert Jr | Avvo
    • Avvo rating 8.6 | William Francis Beckert Jr | Top Attorney
    • Lead Counsel LC rated
    •  CTLA | Connecticut trial Lawyers association
    • !0 Best 2016 | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

When you need legal help, we’re here for you.

Contact us for a case review. Fill out our quick contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly, or call us today at 860-351-3552.

Email Us For A Response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Jainchill & Beckert, LLC

144 West Main Street
Plainville, CT 06062

Phone: 860-351-3552
Fax: 860-351-5442
Plainville Law Office Map

Office Map

Tell us how we're doing:

Review Us