On average, rideshare drivers transport about 7-8 people a day and are in their vehicle for an average of 4-5 hours. Not only can driving for all these hours lead to lower back pain, but the revolving door of random strangers can lead to the spread of illnesses and germs.
In fact, according to a study by the life insurance company, NetQuote, rideshare vehicles hold more than three times as many germs as rental cars and about 220 more germs than taxis.
Surprisingly, the study compared the amount of CFU’s or colony-forming units found on a toilet seat to the number of bacteria growing on rideshare vehicle surfaces, such as seat belts and steering wheels. The study found that rideshare cars have more than quadruple the amount of germs. With so many Uber drivers sitting in the midst of so many germs for so many hours, the chances of getting sick greatly increase.
In addition to the cornucopia of germs you can be exposed to as a driver, many drivers report an extended amount of back pain. Sitting in a car is no different than sitting in a chair, until the vehicle begins moving. Due to the “vibrational overload,” your spine could experience prolonged discomfort, which can lead to shooting or stabbing pains or pains that can radiate down the leg and last for years.
Back pain has been linked to bladder problems, fever issues, and general numbness in the legs. Typical treatment requires the diagnosis of a doctor. Depending on the severity of the back pain, you may be offered medication or physical therapy.
When injured because of your work, you should seek compensation. It is the belief of many rideshare lawyers that an Uber class action lawsuit settlement is necessary.