8 Uber and Lyft Safety Tips for Riders
Top Tips to Stay Safe When Taking an Uber or Lyft
There have been several instances where Uber and Lyft have been proven to be very unsafe. From rape allegations to assault, kiddnapping, and even murder, these popular ridesharing companies have been faced with turmoil and have ran into serious legal issues in recent times.
If you are a ridesharing passenger or driver, you may not fully understand your legal rights. West Coast Trial Lawyers is the top personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. We can assist you with your ridesharing case.
8 Safety Tips for Rideshare Passengers
Listed below are a few ways that you can stay safe while taking an Uber or Lyft.
- Stay inside while requesting your ride. As always, your app will let you know when your ride has arrived. It is best to stay inside a building while you wait, especially when you are in unknown or dark areas.
- Know the car. Double check the car before you get inside. Be sure that it is the correct driver by checking the license plate and verifying the name of the driver. Most drivers usually display the app on their phone and have it in plain view. You can quickly verify the driver’s photo by asking to see their phone. It is important to authenticate your driver as there have been several instances where someone was murdered or kidnapped by someone claiming to be an Uber or Lyft driver.
- Sit in the back seat. Sitting in the back seat allows you to have access to both exits.
- Tell a friend. If your destination is far or if you are in an unfamiliar area, it may be a good idea to share the details of your trip with a friend or loved one. When you click on “share status” while using the app, the driver’s information, such as their name and license plate number, will be sent to the person of your choice.
- Do not share your personal information. Your driver does not need to know your phone number or if the place you’re being dropped off at is your home. The app protects your personal information by giving you an anonymous number, which is for your own safety.
- Wear a seat belt. As always, it is safer to buckle up. According to the Centers for Disease Control, wearing a seat belt is still the best way of reducing injuries or saving a life while in a car accident.
- Keep a clear mind. Both Uber and Lyft are popular rideshare services that are used to get home after a night of drinking. However, getting too drunk can be dangerous for you and the driver. Unfortunately, not all rideshare drivers are good people as there have been cases of alleged rape when it comes to drivers taking advantage of intoxicated passengers.
- Protect yourself. Don’t be afraid to get out of the car. Always trust your instincts. If you sense your driver is under the influence, or if he or she is sitting in the car with a friend, it might be a good idea to cut your ride short.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. 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 5 percent of all verdicts.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. We are committed to resolving your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results. Our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk to prevent you from reaching out.