If you are like millions of other Americans, your “typical” day includes multiple Internet interactions. You probably check your email account, check in on social media—Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all three)—place an online order or two and research why your leg hurts at night or where you want to go on your next vacation. In the course of all those online exchanges, you have likely encountered a “Terms of Service” page—which you probably scrolled through hurriedly, so you could click on “Agree” and get on with your task. What you may not know is by checking “agree” on the Terms of Service Agreement, you essentially permitted your personal information to be tracked, mined, sold and otherwise distributed.
Barry is an attorney and founder of Levy Law Offices. Barry has been practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio for over 27 years, practicing in personal injury law, criminal law, and traffic offense defense.
According to the National Safety Council, an American is killed every three minutes by a preventable accident—most often a vehicle accident, followed by drug overdoses, falls and drownings. In 2016, a person’s chances of dying in a motor vehicle accident were 1 in 102, which means that as deaths from auto accidents increase, so do wrongful death cases.
If you have ever found yourself curling your toes and grabbing for a hand-hold while riding in an Uber or Lyft rideshare, you may have wondered just how often rideshare drivers are involved in auto accidents. Oddly, while there is plenty of data regarding taxi accidents, there is virtually none on Uber and Lyft drivers—possibly because rideshares are a relatively new trend, or possibly because the companies do not want that information made public. However, particularly in large cities, the number of Uber and Lyft drivers on the roadways means accidents and fender benders are bound to happen.