As experienced personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma City, we wanted to take the opportunity to educate our existing clients and anyone who may be thinking about using Shuffle Cars. These new methods of transportation around OKC have many benefits, but keep in mind, you can still be injured in these cars just like any other motor vehicle. Read on to learn more.
What Are These New ‘Shuffle Cars’ in Oklahoma City?
Shuffle is an app you can download on your phone for ridesharing in Oklahoma City. The electric shuffle cars are eco-friendly and made news in Oklahoma City because of their unique design.
The vehicles don’t look like a typical rideshare vehicle such as those used by Uber and Lyft. Instead, it looks like a cross between a small shuttle bus and trolley. With bright lights and TVs inside, it’s unlikely you’ll miss it driving by you on the street.
This service first started at the University of Oklahoma. The founders created it when they noticed a need for students to get around campus. When they saw it gain popularity, they decided to expand to other areas in OKC.
The Shuffle zone is from Midtown to Scissortail Park, and Film Row to Bricktown. They operate every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night between 6 p.m. and 10 or 11 p.m. During special events, they extend their services beyond these hours.
How Is It Different from Other Ridesharing?
Other apps like Uber and Lyft operate every day and night of the week. You can quickly get a ride from the suburbs at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, or get dropped off at a bar at 1 o’clock in the morning. Shuffle limits you to certain areas and nights of the week. If you decide to download the Shuffle app, you can request a ride within a three-mile radius of where you’re getting picked up.
OKC news outlets have deemed the cost-efficient Shuffle car in Oklahoma City as a great alternative to other ridesharing apps. If you’re going to a venue down the street, but it’s too far to walk, Shuffle could be the best option. It will likely be cheaper than other available services. You can even hail one like a taxi if you see it driving by, and it will take you where you want to go within the designated Shuffle zone.
How Much Does It Cost to Ride the Shuffle Car?
The founders of Shuffle wanted to create a completely affordable rideshare service. They charge a $3 flat fee whether you request a ride from the app or flag them down on the street. There are no surprise fees or insane upcharges during special events that Uber and Lyft charge. You can get a safe ride to your destination without breaking the bank.
What if I Am Injured in a Shuffle Car?
If you’re hurt in an accident as a passenger or a pedestrian, or if a Shuffle vehicle hit your car, contact an experienced injury attorney at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons right away. Determining liability in these cases can be challenging, and multiple parties could share responsibility for your injuries. Make sure to have a lawyer who understands these new services on your side.
When you hire us, we will launch an immediate investigation into the accident to determine who is responsible. Depending on the circumstances, different parties could be accountable for your injuries, including:
- The Shuffle driver, if they were negligent or careless in their operation of the vehicle
- The company, if they failed to adequately hire, train, or supervise drivers, or maintain their fleet of vehicles
- The manufacturer, if a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle was responsible for the crash
- Another driver, if they were negligent and caused the accident
- A municipal entity if a road defect caused the crash
Because there are so many factors to consider and multiple parties who could share liability, it is crucial to hire an experienced injury attorney to seek the full compensation you’re owed.
What Damages Could Be Available for Shuffle Car Injuries?
When you hail a Shuffle in Oklahoma City, you assume you will arrive at your destination safely. If you’re hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and financial losses, including:
Medical expenses – Any treatment deemed medically necessary by your physician, including ER visits, hospital stays, ambulance services, physical therapy, home health care, and surgery.
Lost wages – If your injury prevents you from returning to work, you may be able to receive compensation for past and future wages you’re unable to earn.
Pain and suffering – Any significant pain you suffered as a direct result of your accident that interferes with your daily routine.
Emotional distress – Emotional or psychological trauma that was diagnosed because of your injuries, such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Loss of consortium – An immediate family member may be able to seek compensation if their relationship with you was affected because of the accident.
Wrongful death – If an individual dies as a result of the other party’s negligence, their loved ones may be able to file a claim for damages.
Your attorney can seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. They can negotiate for a fair settlement that takes into account all of the expenses you’ve incurred and will be expected to incur in the future due to this crash.
If the insurance company denies your claim or submits a settlement offer that is lower than what you deserve, your lawyer can file a lawsuit.
Contact an Oklahoma City Rideshare Injury Lawyer Today
At Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, we know that you never anticipated being hurt while taking a Shuffle in Oklahoma City. That’s why we offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your accident and advise you of all of your rights and legal options.
Our office is conveniently located in the Chase Park Building in Oklahoma City. We are open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so you can meet with us when it’s most convenient for you. Call us or contact us online now and let us help you get on the road to recovery.