Commuters who rely on services like Uber and Lyft may want to be aware that rideshare drivers typically work as independent contractors. The companies do have regulations in place that demand drivers take six-hour break periods after a certain amount of driving time. However, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has pointed out that many of these drivers work other jobs that could lead to added fatigue.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 328,000 motor vehicle accidents across the country each year include a drowsy driver factor. Another reason the AASM feels that the current required breaks for rideshare drivers is inadequate is because much of their driving is done late at night or early in the morning. This is when drowsiness can easily set in.
Experts agree that the subject demands attention. In an effort to save lives on the U.S. highways, the National Transportation Safety Board is giving attention to the top 10 changes desired to decrease motor vehicle accidents. Lowering the number of drowsy driving accidents is one of those initiatives. The current AASM president would like to see a collaboration on the part of not only the government and ridesharing enterprises but also medical professionals and law enforcement.
Motor vehicle accidents can have devastating consequences on victims. That’s why an injured party may want to reach out to an attorney. Legal counsel could represent a client during negotiations with the applicable insurance companies. Ultimately, the crash victim could receive compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.