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How to Protect Yourself When Driving for Uber or Lyft -- Advice From the Best Rideshare Attorneys


Driving complete strangers around town all day and night can be a daunting profession though many people don’t consider the risks that Uber, Lyft and other rideshare service drivers take everyday when accepting passengers into their vehicle. Just as many fears that rideshare passengers have when requesting a ride from a driver who is a stranger to them, the same fears that divers have as well. Below, our excellent team of rideshare attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers break down some tips that Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare service drivers can utilize to keep themselves safe on the road. 

7 Safety Tips for Uber, Lyft and Other Rideshare Drivers

  1. Verify your rider before allowing them into your vehicle. Before allowing a passenger into your vehicle, quiz each other on your names to verify that you two are the correctly matched rider and passenger on the rideshare app. Consider the following example: Juan is driving for Uber and has matched with a passenger named Julia. Juan pulls up to the person who signals that they are waiting for their rideshare, who he assumes to be Julia though he still needs to verify that this is true. Juan rolls down his window and asks the person, “are you Julia?”. While this is a great start, this could be anybody claiming to be Julia. Julia needs to then confirm that she is indeed who she says she is and then ask the diver, “are you Juan?”. If Julia does not ask Juan to confirm his name for her, Juan should ask her “what is my name?”, to ensure that Julia was indeed waiting for him as her rideshare driver.
  2. Protect your personal information. We understand that interesting conversations arise during rideshares between the drivers and the passengers, however, it is always important to protect your privacy to your personal information from passengers. Rideshare companies protect your personal phone number from being shared with passengers. Be sure not to let personal information such as your phone number, contact information, or address be shared with passengers that you pick up.  They are just as much strangers to you as you are strangers to them. 
  3. Drive lawfully and make sure that passengers are following the laws as well while in your vehicle. Always drive safely and abide by the rules of the road even if a passenger urges you to speed or violate traffic rules to get to a destination as fast as possible. Also, make sure that all passengers are properly wearing their seatbelts before you begin to drive. If a passenger insists that you or they should violate the rules of the road, you have the right to end the ride, leave them a poor review, and contact the rideshare app for additional support. 
  4. Leave your passengers reviews after their ride. Just as rideshare passengers can leave drivers reviews, drivers can also leave their rideshare passengers reviews. An unofficial rule of thumb is that if a driver or a passenger has a review rating of three stars or less, you probably shouldn’t engage with them in a rideshare service. On the Lyft app, if a driver or a passenger receives three stars in a two-way review, they are forever unmatched for future Lyft rideshare services. 
  5. Install a dashcam to monitor passenger behavior in the vehicle. It is important to have a dashcam in your vehicle that monitors the passengers you pick up for rideshares. Passengers should be aware of the dashcam, as it should be readily visible to them, and doing so will help them monitor their own behavior while being your passenger. Having a dashcam recording what goes on while you’re driving can later prove a passenger’s behavior in the case that an incident arises from the rideshare. This can protect you from false accusations and negations about your case against the passenger.  
  6. Have passengers ride in the backseat when possible. In the event of an attack from a passenger, this offers more space and protection from you as a driver. 
  7. Contact the rideshare app support team in the case of a citation or 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 the “Emergency Line”.

Available Damages for Injuries Sustained From an Uber or Lyft Accident


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

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

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
Punitive Damages

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% 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 in the as a result of a car accident, our experienced team of rideshare accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate expert personal injury legal team.

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