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Chicago Ordinance Aims to Eliminate Drowsy Rideshare Drivers on the Road

Written by Jared Staver

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


Due to an increase in drowsy rideshare drivers, the City of Chicago has created an ordinance that places a limit on the number of hours that rideshare drivers can be online. Now, drivers are only allowed to have their app online and accept rides for a total of 10 hours in a 24-hour period.

If you have suffered an injury in a rideshare accident, you should reach out to a Chicago rideshare accident lawyer for help. If your Uber driver was drowsy and found to be driving over the 10-hour time limit, you may be able to file a claim and receive compensation for your injuries.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 for a no cost case evaluation.

The Rideshare App Will Warn Drivers When They Are Close to the Time Limit

Online time accounts for when the app is open such as when waiting for a rideshare request. While the new ordinance only allows drivers to be online for 10 hours in a 24-hour time period, the app will warn the driver when they are approaching the 10-hour mark. The app will provide multiple notifications to the driver when they are nearing the limit including at the two hour, one hour, and 30-minute mark. Once they reach the time limit, their app will go offline. However, if they are currently on a trip when they reach 10 hours, they will be able to finish the trip they are presently on.

The Time Limit Combines Hours with All Rideshare Apps

It is important to know that the 10-hour limit applies to all rideshare apps. If a driver works for multiple companies, like Lyft and Uber, the ordinance combines the time spent on each app. If a driver goes over the time limit, they become susceptible to fines from the City of Chicago.

A Chicago Rideshare Attorney Can Help

If you sustain an injury in a rideshare crash, you may be eligible for compensation if you have a drowsy Uber driver or if they went over the City of Chicago’s new ordinance. An experienced Chicago rideshare attorney can help you determine fault and your next steps.

Being in a car accident can be a frightening experience. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we will handle the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. Do not hesitate to contact us for help with your case. Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate lawyer.

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