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 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, especially in unknown or dark areas.
- 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.
- Sit in the back seat. Sitting in the back seat allows you to have access to both exits.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.