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8 Uber or Lyft Rider Safety Tips

8 Tips to Stay Safe When Taking An Uber Or Lyft: Free Advice From the Best Rideshare Accident Injury Lawyers

Overall, ridesharing companies are not very dangerous. However, there have been several instances when Uber and Lyft have proven to be very unsafe. From rape allegations to assualt, 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. Listed below are a few ways that you can stay safe while taking an Uber or Lyft.

    1. 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. 
    2. Know your 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 driver.
    3. Sit in the back seat. Sitting in the back seat allows you to have access to both exits.
    4. Tell a friend. If traveling for a long period 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.
    5. Do not share your personal information. Your driver does not need to know if the place you’re being dropped off at is your home. The driver does not need to know your phone number. The app protects your personal information by giving you an anonymous number, which is for your own safety.
    6. Wear a seatbelt. As always, it is safer to buckle up. According to the Centers for Disease Control, wearing a seatbelt is still the best way of reducing injuries or saving a life while in a car accident.
    7. Keep a clear mind. Both Uber and Lyft are popular ways of getting 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.
    8. 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.

Available Damages

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

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

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
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

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 5% of all verdicts.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

Our personal injury attorneys will not charge you for a consultation. 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. Our qualified personal injury lawyers are highly-trained and have extensive experience with cases that are similar to yours. We are committed to helping you resolve your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, reach out to our legal team 24 hours a day by calling us at (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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