6 Tips for Rideshare Driver Safety
How to Protect Yourself When Driving for Uber or Lyft
Driving complete strangers around town all day and night can be a daunting profession though many people don’t consider the risks that rideshare drivers take every day when accepting riders into their vehicles. It is common for riders to have a sense of worry or fear when getting into a car with a stranger, however, drivers may share the same feelings, as well.
6 Safety Tips for Ridershare Drivers
- Verify your rider before allowing them into your vehicle. Before allowing a passenger into your vehicle, ask for their name for verification purposes. For example, Joseph, a rideshare driver, accepted a request by a rider named Erica. Joseph pulls up to the location that was submitted by Erica. As Joseph is looking around for the rider, he notices a woman patiently waiting on the side of the street. He heads straight to the woman and pulls up in front of her. Joseph lowers his window and asks the woman if her name is Erica. The woman confirms that she is in fact Erica. Erica then proceeds to ask for Joseph’s name, in which Joseph confirms that he is her driver.
- Protect your personal information. We understand that interesting conversations arise between the driver and rider, however, you should never release personal information about yourself. Be sure not to let information, such as your phone number or address, be shared with any rider that you pick up. You never know the intentions a rider may have when learning these specific details about their rideshare driver.
- Do not violate any Uber or Lyft community guidelines. Always drive safely and abide by the rules of the road even if a rider urges you to speed or violate traffic rules to get to their selected destination as fast as possible.
- Leave your rider a review after the trip has been completed. An unofficial rule of thumb is that if a driver or rider has a review rating of three stars or less, you probably shouldn’t engage with them in future trips. On the Lyft app, if a driver or rider receives three stars or less in a two-way review, they are forever unmatched for future Lyft services.
- Install a dash cam to monitor passenger behavior in the vehicle. It is important to have a dash cam in your vehicle to monitor your trips. Having a dash cam available to record a rider’s behavior can be used as evidence if you choose to report them for their misconduct. You can also protect yourself from false accusations. Uber and Lyft allow dash cams to be used for trips, however, you must check your local city’s rules and regulations to find out whether or not it is legal to record a stranger in your vehicle.
- Contact the rideshare app support team in the case of an emergency. The apps should have installed features to contact the support team and/or authorities with one push of a button. For Lyft, this is the “Call Me” button on the app that will connect you with the emergency response team. For Uber, this is called the “Emergency Line.”
A rideshare accident lawyer can ensure that you are compensated for all of the damages you are eligible for by helping you each step of the way. The following are the available damages for injuries sustained in an accident.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for monetary losses. They are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of the injuries that were sustained in an accident.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5 percent of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
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If you have sustained injuries as a result of an accident, our experienced team of rideshare accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.