Tired drivers could be a safety hazard for those who use ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. They can also be a danger to others on Kentucky roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 328,000 crashes each year that are caused by drowsy drivers. Of those crashes, 109,000 cause injury while 6,400 result in someone dying. There are several reasons why Uber or Lyft drivers operate while drowsy.
First, they may believe that sleep isn't important or is simply overrated. They may also believe that they need to work longer hours because they aren't paid much per trip. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine believes that changing driver attitudes will take a multifaceted approach. It will take government officials, medical professionals and the ride-sharing companies coming together to make it safer for drivers and passengers alike.
Uber and Lyft have taken measures in an effort to make sure that drivers are not too tired to drive for them. Each has required that drivers take a six-hour break between shifts. Uber requires this break after being logged onto the app for 12 hours while Lyft requires a break after 14 hours. However, these limits may be easy to get around as a person can work for both companies. Many drivers have other jobs as well.
If an auto accident is caused by a tired driver, injured victims could receive money from a jury or from a negotiated settlement. The money may be used to pay medical bills or make up for lost wages. Other costs such as replacing damaged property and legal fees could be part of a financial award. Witness and driver statements may be used to prove a driver was tired when an accident occurred.