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Uber Drivers: Here’s What to Include in Your Safety Kit

While Uber has over 14 million trips per day, several thousands of those trips are taken in Los Angeles, the United States capital for car accidents. As AB5 has passed, the rules for employee vs independent contractor will get muddy, especially when it comes to car accidents.

Uber actively updates their safety policies, but as a rideshare driver, it is imperative to take safety matters into your own hands.


Listed below is our suggested safety kit that every Uber driver should own. If you are in an accident, be sure to contact the personal injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers for a free consultation.

What Should Be in Your Emergency Kit?

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Every driver should keep an emergency supply kit. It is recommended that kits get checked every six months for expired items and routine maintenance. Suggested items for your emergency safety kit should include:

  1. Flashlight with extra batteries. A flashlight is always an important tool to have, especially in a car. It can be useful if your vehicle shuts down or you get lost at night. A flashlight can help you navigate through dark areas both inside and outside of your vehicle. Just make sure that the batteries are fresh.
  2. Drinking water. Dehydration and hot weather can make you pass out, or in the worst-case scenario, cause death. It is always a good idea to keep a fair amount of drinking water stored in your car to avoid fainting or enduring any other critical condition.
  3. Jumper cables. It is highly recommended that every driver keep a pair of jumper cables in their trunk. Jumper cables can be used for restarting or recharging a car battery. They can be placed on the car battery and used to jolt the system.
  4. Spare tire with wheel wrench and tripod jack. Every driver should keep a spare tire in their trunk. This is just in case one of your current tires is popped or deflated. Popped tires are extremely difficult to drive on and can actually cause an accident.
  5. Duct Tape. Duct tape is recommended for three basic reasons:
    • Hold up of bodywork after an accident
    • Patch up your exhaust
    • Stop a coolant leak
  6. Cell phone car charger. When traveling long distances or if you have a habit of not charging your phone, a car cell phone charger is the best option for you.
  7. Fire extinguisher. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every 24 seconds, a fire department responded to a fire in 2019. With this alarming fact, it’s highly urged for drivers to carry a small fire extinguisher in the trunk of the car to protect themselves in case of a fire.
  8. Tool kit. You might not want to pack an entire toolbox. However, you should consider at least packing a multipurpose tool. These handy devices are lightweight and can be used in a variety of situations.
  9. Rain poncho. There may be a time where you need to step out of the car in order to change a tire or fix a mirror. A rain poncho is important to have in case of bad weather conditions.
  10. First Aid Kit. Your first aid kit should include:
    • Adhesive band-aids for covering cuts
    • Gauze pads for treating wounds
    • Safety pins for closing bandages
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Antiseptic and hydrocortisone cream for skin inflammation and rashes
    • Antihistamine for allergic reactions
    • Antiseptic wipes to sanitize your hands
    • Aspirin, ibuprofen, or other pain-relieving medication
    • Aloe vera to treat mild burns
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect bite relief pads
    • Cotton balls
    • Cotton swabs
    • Vaseline
    • A digital thermometer
    • Tweezers
    • Curved scissors — the medical kind that doesn’t have a pointy edge, and are used for cutting clothing away from an injury
    • A needle
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Saline solution for eye washing or cleaning wounds
    • Hot and cold packs — the kind that you just have to snap to activate the heating or cooling sensation
    • Synthetic gloves, if you’re dealing with serious wounds
    • A CPR mask for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • An epi-pen for severe allergic reactions
    • Plastic bags for disposing contaminated items

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

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 percent of all verdicts.

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