Glendale Rideshare Attorney
Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are popularly used for transportation in the Glendale area. Glendale residents use these transportation apps for their convenience, especially if they are planning to go out for a drink. However, there are various types of Uber/Lyft drivers. Unfortunately, a negligent driver could cause an accident. There are also instances where the passenger is the one displaying acts of reckless behavior, which can create an unnecessary distraction for the Uber/Lyft driver.
Victims of an Uber/Lyft accident should contact an experienced Glendale ridesharing attorney for legal advice and guidance about how to appropriately handle this unique situation. With the recent passing of AB-5, the laws that regulate these services are changing rapidly. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our Glendale Uber/Lyft attorneys will completely devote themselves to your case and will help you recover the highest possible settlement.
We are the highest-ranked personal injury law firm in Glendale. With over 60 years of collective legal experience, our Glendale Uber/Lyft attorneys are confident that you will be satisfied with the end result of your case. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm, contact our legal team by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected]Uber Assault Cases There are various types of Uber-related assault cases. These include:
- Physical Assault. Physical altercations can happen when you least expect it, especially when you are taking an Uber. This could be caused by a drunk passenger or an inappropriate driver. To avoid these types of situations, Uber has built a feature in the app that will:
- Record pick up time and routes.
- Allow both the driver and the passenger to rate one another.
- Make payments through the Uber app.
- Provide you with a panic button. When this feature was released it was only available in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Now, it is available in over 60 cities and counties in the United States.
- Allow you to share your location with friends and family.
- Sexual Assault. This is defined as sexual contact or behavior towards a victim. It is the most common issue that occurs in an Uber. Intoxicated passengers usually use Uber to avoid drinking and driving. Unfortunately, they are more vulnerable while being under the influence of alcohol. In the United States, there have been nearly 103 Uber drivers that have been accused of sexual assault within the past four years. Common actions of sexual assault include:
- Trying to touch a non-sexual body part.
- Attempting to kiss a non-sexual body part.
- Attempting to touch a sexual body part.
- Trying to kiss a sexual body part.
- Non-consensual contact with a non-sexual body part.
- Non-consensual contact with a sexual body part.
- Sexual Misconduct. This is identified as an individual displaying any form of unwelcome sexual behavior. This includes:
- Making comments about someone’s appearance,
- Indecent exposure,
- Soliciting sexual content,
- Explicit gestures, and
- Verbally threats of sexual assault.
Ride-sharing companies are typically not that dangerous to use. However, there have been circumstances with Uber and Lyft that have proven the potential for an unsafe experience. Various types of accusations have been made within the past few years, including:
- Rape allegations,
- Kidnapping, and
- Stay inside a building when requesting a ride. Remain inside to protect yourself, especially if you are in a dark or poorly illuminated area. Your app will notify you when your rider has arrived.
- Make sure you know your car. Once the vehicle arrives, check to see if it is the right one. You should also look at the license plate and verify the name of the driver. Many drivers have their phone set on the dashboard with the app open. You could check the driver’s photo by requesting to see their phone. It is important to do all of this since there have been drivers who have killed or kidnapped a passenger.
- Sit in the back seat. Choosing to sit in the backseat will allow you to have two exits in case of an emergency.
- Wear a seatbelt. It is important for you to buckle up before the driver starts driving. The Centers for Disease Control made a statement that wearing a seatbelt will help make injuries less likely and may even save your life after a car accident.
- Share details of your trip to your friend. If you are traveling for a long period of time or are not familiar with an area, share the details of your trip with a friend or family member. To do this, you must access the app and go on “share status.” This will send the driver’s information, including their name and license plate number.
- Avoid sharing personal information with your driver. There are certain questions drivers may ask to get you to reveal personal information about yourself. Drivers do not need to know if they are dropping you off at your home. Additionally, they should not know your phone number. The app keeps your phone number protected by giving you an anonymous number.
- Stay calm. Do not panic or worry about what could potentially happen to you when you are in an Uber or Lyft. Keep a positive mindset. If something does occur, make sure you know the proper steps on how to handle the situation.
- Protect yourself. If you believe that the driver is behaving suspiciously and you feel uncomfortable being in the car with them, do not be afraid of getting out of the car. Trust your instincts. If you are speculating that the driver is intoxicated or has a friend with them in the car, then you should cut the ride short.
If you or a loved one were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, reach out to an experienced Glendale Uber and Lyft accident attorney. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience with personal injury. To schedule a free consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm, contact our legal team by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected] We are available 24/7 to take your calls or emails.